Do I need to go to group class?
Yes. You really do. I find that people either love taking only private lessons and avoid group classes, or take TONS of group classes and few private lessons. Both strategies can hold your dancing back. Here’s why!
Private lessons are designed to work on what you as an individual or couple needs to know based on the dances you’ve chosen and the techniques that you need to develop. So what’s the problem with that?! Isn’t the individual attention going to make me a better dancer? It sure will, but it doesn’t give you the opportunity to try different leaders or followers (your dance teacher is super easy to dance with! But you didn’t come here to just be able to dance with your teacher), experience new dances, develop muscle memory and get tangled up without your teacher there to bail you out. If you want to be a great dancer, you need all of these things! It’s all about balance.
Likewise, if you are only attending group classes you only feel what it is like to lead or follow another student. You may pick up some habits that might serve you well at the moment, but could inhibit your dancing later down the road. Your teacher can help you figure out the difference. Muscle memory is great, but we only want our muscle remember how to do things right.
Talk to your teacher about finding a good balance of group classes and private lessons. Or better yet, make it a whole night of dancing and go to a dance party too!