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It's NOT helpful to focus on only one dance at a time

When we're first learning something, we all want to make sure we learn in manageable, "bite-sized" chunks, to master one thing before we move onto the next.

Our little learning units are layered.  You'll learn a small amount of material in each of several dances concurrently.

Why do we do this?  All of the dances we teach are related in some way to other dances, and as you develop an undersatnding of the similarities and contrasts amongst the dances, all of your dances are strengthened.

If you learn only one dance at a time, it's a bit like starting high school and spending your first year learning nothing but maths, your second year learning nothing but history, your third year only on physics, and so on.  You'd be swamped with your current material, and you'd completely forget previous material.  By learning small amounts across a range of subjects, you build up skills you need for everything, and develop a much more structured body of knowledge.  That's exactly what we do when we teach you to dance.

We've found that for most students, a suite of four to eight dances is ideal.  It provides enough variety that your skills can cross-pollinate amongst dances, while keeping your learning focussed enough to be effective.

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