At the opposite end of the scale are Social Sequence Dances where the programme is made up of the older well-known dances such as the Mayfair Quickstep, Balmoral Blues, the Sally-Anne Cha Cha Cha, Melody Foxtrot and many more. These older dances are repeated on a regular basis, each dance coming up on the programme every few weeks or so. Clubs like this are often regarded as the grass roots of Sequence Dancing, giving pleasure to those who just want a social event with a non-pressurised atmosphere and dances that are well known as well as being easy to learn and fun to dance.
As a beginner, you'll get the chance to learn at a more relaxed pace, using many of the steps that are repeated in various forms in many other Modern Sequence dances. That's not to say that this type of club never introduces new dances, they do! Especially the newer but easier dances, a couple or three that spring to mind from recent dances include the Saunter Shiraz, Madison Swing and the Alpine Stroll.
Many venues have Professional Leaders who not only demonstrate each of the dances, but may also have teaching sessions before or during the programme where new dances (or new to the venue dances) are taught to the members. You need to decide which approach is best for you, be prepared to try more than one club or venue in your area till you find the one that suits you. Check out clubs near you using the Clubs Pages, click here or ALONGSIDE
If you live in, or are visiting the Edinburgh area, you'll be welcome to Mel and Ella's Social Sequence Tea Dances on Friday afternoons at Carrickvale Community Centre. There's a separate website for this at Carrickvale Sequence Dance Club, just click on the link to go direct for more details. A regular programme of older standard dances will help you to get started in learning Sequence dance.
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