What is the Best Social Dance to Learn if Want to Partner Dance? Try a West Coast Swing Dance

This may sound like a silly question, but I have new dancers ask often when they are starting, “I want to partner dance at a ballroom dance studio. What is the best social dance to start with?”

Should you Ballroom dance, West Coast Swing dance, Country Swing dance, Argentine Tango? Geez, so many choices.

Best advice for a new social dancer:

First of all, we don’t find dance. Dance finds us. The fact that you are reading this shows you are new to partner dance and are excited by some of the dances you learned and each new one you learn becomes your new favorite.

What dance to focus on?

That depends on your favorite type of music. If you go to clubs or like to listen to country or top 40 music, then you will pick one type of dance. If you like just Latin music then you are going to pick another type of dance.


There are lots. American Ballroom, International Ballroom, American Rythm, International Latin, Club dances (nightclub two-step, hustle, salsa, bachata, west coast swing), country dances and Argentine Tango. I am sure there are more. Well, I know there are but ...


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