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Just learning how to dance? Read these tips!

Have you always wanted to learn to dance, but weren’t sure how to start? Read these tips on how to start dancing so you can get off on the right foot (that’s a dance teacher joke) with Dance Station lessons and dance classes:

Lawrence Black and Kathy Roybal show how easy it is to learn how to start dancing with these tips
Lawrence Black and Kathy Roybal reliving their high school proms

How do I start dancing?

The fastest way to get going is with an introductory lesson at Dance Station. For only $55, an intro lesson can launch you on a lifetime path of dancing. Call (505) 989-9788 or submit this request form to schedule your introductory lesson. Then, read these dance tips so you can take full advantage of your dance class or lesson.

What about dance classes?

Dance classes are a fun, inexpensive way to learn, or to experiment with different dance styles. You can pay a drop-in fee for an individual class or save money by paying for a month. Check our calendar for classes and times.

What should I wear?

Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate. Most students come to the studio wearing whatever they wore to work or for their other daily activities (except for shoes; see below).

We recommend wearing shoes with a leather sole. Ballroom dance shoes are best if you have them. Whatever shoes you choose to wear, we ask that they be clean and that you change into them when you arrive at the studio. A clean dance floor makes for happier dancers!

Do I need to buy special shoes?

No. You can wear any comfortable pair of shoes, as long as they have smooth soles made of leather or a similar material. We recommend shoes with clean, non-marking soles. If you decide you’d like to buy a pair of dance shoes, we can help you choose the right ballroom or Latin shoe.

What else should I know before I come to the studio?

Please don’t neglect your personal hygiene. After all, dancing involves being in close proximity with others. We also ask that you observe our “no-fragrance” policy — please leave those strong perfumes and colognes at home! Some of our students are sensitive or allergic to strong scents.

Do I need a partner to take lessons?

You never need a partner for any Dance Station lesson or dance class. In private lessons, your teacher is your partner. In group classes, we encourage leads and follows to rotate because this helps everyone develop essential skills.

I’ve never danced before. Is that a problem?

No! At Dance Station, we pride ourselves on transforming complete beginners into accomplished, confident social and even competitive dancers. Of course, our skilled teachers also work with students who have extensive prior experience. Dance Station has programs and teachers for all students and experience levels.

What dances should I learn first?

That’s up to you! There is no ”right“ dance to learn first. It depends on where you plan to go dancing, and what kind of music you love to listen to.

If you’re looking to get out on the town and go social dancing in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, then salsa, swing, or Country-Western might be a good first step. If you are interested in dancing for fitness or as a hobby, then you have many options, including the common social dances, the popular Argentine tango, and the more traditional ballroom and Latin dances such as foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, rumba, cha cha, and Argentine tango.

One of the biggest benefits of your Introductory Lesson is that it helps you narrow your choices.

Where is Dance Station located?

Our address is 947B West Alameda, Santa Fe. We are located on the west side of the Solana Center, just west of St. Francis Drive. Our studio is between Valentina’s Restaurant and Thrive Yoga, and near the laundromat. See our map at the bottom of the page.

Our mailing address is 903 W. Alameda, #747, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

I have other questions — who do I contact?

You can call Dance Station at (505) 989-9788, email us at, or fill out this contact form, and someone from the studio will get back in touch with you promptly.