Private lessons are a very important and productive way to learn to dance. A personalized program for reaching your dance goals (social or competitive) is so much more effective with one-on-one lessons.Here are some tips to make the process more effective for both teacher and student.

Are you looking for a way to get in shape, lose weight, have more fun from your social life, increase self confidence, learn a new skill and maybe meet that someone special? Then learning to dance might be what you are looking for...

In learning to dance many people try to learn several dances at the same time. Imagine trying to learn to ski, fly a plane, roller blade, master the game of tennis all at the same time. Your progress in all would probably suffer due to your spreading your energies too thin.

Balance is one of the main elements of a complete dance training program. It not only improves your movement but reduces the risk of falls as you age and keeps your brain healthy. Yeah, that's right, it turns out that balance is a great anti-aging weapon for your brain.

While doing some recent inspirational reading, I ran across "The daily decalogue of Pope John XXIII". I was struck by his theme of "One Day at a Time" and how it might relate to learning to dance. Whether you apply it to learning to dance or to life in general, his concept below of taking things "One Day at a Time" makes great sense...

When learning to dance, at some point you start to learn patterns or moves. After a while you realize that your hard drive isn't as efficent as you would like it to be. You can't seem to remember the patterns you did last week much less the ones you did last month or last year! Here are several tips to help you retain the material you learn and access it on the dancefloor.

Creating proper posture is one of the most important skills a person can develop if they want to perform and carry themselves well in sports, dance and life in general. Learn the benefits of this valuable tip for improved posture, centering, control and balance in your dancing.

Dance etiquette is a set of guidelines that can help us navigate the social dance scene. It can make all the difference between a pleasant or an unplesant dancing experience, the difference between people wanting or not wanting to dance with you.

If the average person takes 5,000 - 10,000 steps per day, imagine how many steps those of us who dance several nights a week take. Taking care of your feet will help them take care of you day to day. This article was originally written for West Coast Swing America magazine

USA Swing Net asked Jeannie Tucker, veteran US Open competitor, judge, choreographer and professional dance coach, to share some "competition secrets" with their viewers to help provide them with valuable insight for their future competitions. Here are her comments...
Dance Competition Tips

Everyone comes with a different mind/body connection. Some of us can communicate with our body and access the muscles readily and others need a bit of coaching and guidance to get the lines of communication to open up and function more efficiently. Learn a helpful tip on how to get those dance moves up to speed!

Yes, the dance floor is a place where you can and should learn to be courteous. Just like there are rules of the road when driving, there are rules for the dance floor while dancing. Many dancers and many styles of dancing can be accomplished on the dance floor at the same time if dance floor etiquette is followed. Let's always be courteous, and we'll all have a great time dancing!

Every dancer would agree that the enjoyment of dancing is not derived from watching others dance, while letting your own injuries heal. Equally, your enjoyment of dancing is not really enhanced by having to dance through minor pains and injuries. Yet these situations seem to occur all too often in the practice of social dancing.

Have you ever had the dream of being able to dance like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers?   Did you watch the show "Dancing with the Stars" and think, "Gee, I could do that"? Well, you are not alone. Over 13 million viewers tuned in to see the "Dancing with the Stars" television show and I'll bet more than a few of them could see themselves dancing those routines.

For many of the past years, Jeannie has been the weekly guest of Jim Bednarek and his morning radio show reviewing "Dancing with the Stars".

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In 2002, Jeannie, along with members of the Tucson Navy League and the Mayor of Tucson, attended the change of command ceremonies for the USS Tucson Nuclear Submarine in Hawaii. Part of the honor included a day aboard the Submarine as they went about their duties diving up to 500 feet under the sea!

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