How do I get started?
Getting started is easy. The first step is to schedule an introductory lesson with one of our trained instructors. During that lesson, your instructor will determine your current level and recommend an appropriate course for you to continue. To set up your introductory lesson now, call or e-mail us.
How long will it take?
The length of your course will depend on how many dances you want to learn and how proficient you wish to become in each dance. However, you will be able to dance after your first lesson!
How much do lessons cost?
Tuition varies, depending on a number of factors. For Example, how good you want to be, what dances you want to learn, and your dance schedule. After your introductory lesson, your instructor will recommend a program and will be able to answer any questions you may have, so you will have the knowledge to make an informed choice.
Can I really learn to dance?
Yes. Dancing is as easy as walking once you are taught how by an Miller Dance expert. We teach simple, basic elements, from which the steps are derived. Hundreds of thousands of people have been successfully trained in Miller Dance Studios. There is no age limit.
When can I take lessons?
You can take your lessons any time you wish. Our studio is open:
Will I have a good teacher?
You'll have the best teacher. All of our dance instructors must complete a most arduous training regime. They are experienced on the dance floor and knowledgeable in techniques to help you learn to master today's popular dances. The instructors selected for you are ones we know will best suit your personality.
Is your system of teaching difficult?
Not at all. We are famous for making learning fun and easy. We teach four simple basic movements, from which the new combinations are derived.
What benefits do I receive?
Dancing is your first line of social activity. Good dancing is a lifetime investment in fun, poise, confidence, improved personality and new friends. Beyond these, dancing is a superb physical conditioner, providing fun without working at it! Learning to dance will open up a wonderful new world of togetherness and a thriving year-round social calendar.
Achieving individual goals, perfecting technique and style is an important aspect of learning to dance. We offer the unique opportunity to take individual instruction with our qualified staff at a time to suit you. A fantastic way of learning in a relaxed atmosphere where you choose the pace. Lessons available in 30, 45 and 60 minute durations.
Dances We Teach
Ballroom Smooth Dances
Waltz develops balance and control. The basic Waltz steps are the foundation patterns used in most ballroom dances. Correct posture, rise and fall, and flowing movements should be stressed to achieve good styling. The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz gives dancers a chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease.
The Tango is one of the most beautiful of all the dances. It is characterized by earthy and dramatic movements. In order to achieve the distinctive style of Tango, it is important to develop controlled staccato footwork along with fluid graceful movements. The unique rhythm of the music is great training for timing and phrasing which develops as the dancer becomes more proficient. Tango practice is essential towards becoming a good dancer.
Fox Trot is a basic dance from which you can acquire a foundation. Learning to combine dance steps easily and smoothly teaches variety and Manoeuvrability . The Fox Trot posture is attractive in appearance and helpful to all other dances. Being able to dance to slow, medium, and fast tempos will add confidence to your dancing and will assure fun and relaxation for your partner. The Fox Trot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the “get-acquainted” or “first impression” dance.
Quickstep- is the English version of the Fast Fox Trot, which has quick hopping steps set in with the smoother gliding figures. It is very popular in Europe as a competition dance. It ranks among the "Big Five."
Viennese Waltz- With such wonderful composers as Johann Strauss and others, the Waltz became more and more refined. The steps became smaller with the turns smoother and more compact. Adding the graceful lilt of the flowing skirts we have today’s Viennese Waltz.
Rhythm and Latin Dances
Learning the Rumba is a prerequisite for good Latin dancing. The Cuban Motion is essential in most Latin dances. The Rumba is used by good dancers everywhere and provides interesting variety suited to a limited space. Neat, attractive, precise footwork gives you confidence in your dancing. The Rumba will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing, and muscular control.
Cha Cha adds fun to your dancing through it’s syncopated steps and many open movements. When you can dance many interesting combinations with ease, you and your partner will be able to feel the pulsating Latin rhythms which make this dance so fascinating. The energetic rhythm of the Cha-cha encourages you to cut loose and let your personality show.
Jive is an international competitive Swing dance with elements of the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug. Characterized by up-tempo single-time music danced with triple steps done primarily on the toes with very lively movement.
Samba improves the flexibility of the body and helps achieve easy movement and lightness. The Samba rolling action teaches the body to be supple. To move lightly, quickly, and smoothly without effort takes study but only at the start. Although considered a good exercise, Samba should be danced smoothly and in a relaxed manner giving the appearance of effortless movement. Sometimes called the South American Waltz, the Samba pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm.
Salsa is the Spanish word for “sauce” denoting a “spicy” and “hot” flavor to this popular dance style to a complex mix of many different rhythms. There are indications the term Salsa was coined by radio disc jockeys in Puerto Rico as early as the 1960′s. Later associated with a New York sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians, Salsa is considered the national music and dance of Puerto Rico. The fusion of an Afro-Cuban beat with enhanced jazz textures results in an aggressive high energy pulse which has become popular everywhere. Many of the patterns are closely related to those of the Mambo and Cha-cha.
The Paso Doble is a theatrical Spanish dance. Traditionally, the man is characterized as the matador (bullfighter) and the lady as his cape in the drama of a Spanish bullfight. The dancers may choose to enact the role of the torero, picador, banderillero, bull, or Spanish dancer, and may change roles throughout the dance. Based on Flamenco dancing, the Paso Doble is both arrogant and passionate.
Medal Tests Examinations
A Medal Test is an examination session conducted by the International Dance Teachers' Association and held at Miller Dance Studio.
Who will the examiner be?
An external examiner is appointed by the IDTA (the governing body to which the school belongs) to examine all candidates.
I'm a beginner - what examination do I take?
Bookings will be taken by your teacher during the month before the medal test.
What should I wear?
Something smart but comfortable - Dancing shoes are of course the most appropriate footwear for all.
Will I have to dance on our own and who else will be there?
It is usual for two or three Beginner couples to be examined at the same time, however do be prepared to dance on your own if no other beginner couples are booked into the same session.
Social Dance, Bronze, Silver, Gold.
Gained in all dances
Pass = 65%