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What shoes do I wear?
Dance shoes typically have flexible suede soles with a nap to them. If you are not ready to invest in dance shoes just yet, it is best to wear shoes with a hard sole, either leather or hard rubber. Sneakers are often too grippy and can be hard on your knees when turning. Make sure the shoes will stay on your feet. Sandals or flip–flops are not advised.

Also, if you are learning to dance for your wedding or commitment ceremony, make sure you practice in the shoes you plan on wearing before the big day.

Do I need a partner for the classes?
All you need is a desire to learn and have fun. We rotate partners so everyone gets a chance to dance with different people. There are times when we have one or two extra people in class, but we try to keep it balanced and rotate often so that people get a partner most of the time.

Do my partner and I have to rotate if we come to class together?
We firmly believe you learn faster when you dance with more people. If you absolutely do not want to rotate, for whatever reason, that is okay.

How do I find a partner?
Coming to classes and socializing with classmates is often the most effective way of finding a partner. You might also want to check out ItTakes2@yahoogroups.com. Dancing with the Queers did not set it up and does not run it, but it is a group set up to facilitate same-sex dancers finding partners.

What is the difference between American and International Style Ballroom Dances?
The main difference between the two styles in the Waltz, Foxtrot, etc. is the "frame" or "dance hold." In International Style, the couple stays in a closed hold throughout. In American Style the couple opens up so they are at times connected with only one hand or not at all. -Think Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

There are also differences in technique and tempo as well as figures.

American Style

Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Mambo, Merengue, East Coast Swing & Bolero

Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz

International Style

Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive

(Slow) Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, (Slow) Foxtrot, Quickstep

Why dance International Style?
International Style is the only style danced at the Gay Games and OutGames. Contrary to popular opinion in the United States, the International Style dances can be danced socially.

How do I choose between Standard and Latin?
Try them both! See which one moves you more, or do them both.

Where do you get the manuals and instructional videos?
One place is Dance Vision. They are great about shipping things quickly. They also have certification tests for teachers if you get really into it.

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