This came across my desk from an employee and I thought I would share this with you all. I lost track how many times I have heard people say "I can't dance" (I will admit that I was guilty of this as well)
Everybody can dance! Call or visit your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio TODAY, and prove to yourself that you CAN dance!! http://fredastaireillinois.com
"Many of us go through life with a subconscious list of things we can't do or won't do. As the phrase "I can't dance" has an all too common occurrence in the American vernacular, I'd guess that dancing is on most peoples' subconscious can't/won't list. With that being said, I can personally attest to hearing many people revoke that statement after a little time with our instructors at Fred Astaire.
My response to people that call the studio and say "I have two left feet" is usually "Great! I have two right feet, so we'll work just fine together".... upon further inspection, this doesn't really make a lick of sense, but it usually gets my point across. Many people have resigned themselves to the idea that they will be eternal wall flowers and have no hope of ever really dancing. "Can't dance" and "won't dance" are not physical conditions; they are just unfortunate mind sets.
Not everyone is a natural born dancer, but that is fine! On your very first lesson at Fred Astaire, you teacher will most likely start by having you take forward steps, backward steps, and side steps. The very simple truth is, if you can do that, you can dance. The whole process of learning to dance is just retraining your body to do familiar tasks in a more stylized manner. The forward steps in smooth and standard dances are incredibly similar to normal walking steps... You just may push more off your standing leg and use a bit more of things like rise and fall.
If you don't pick up the techniques right away, don't be too hard on yourself. Ballroom dance is one of those hobbies that you will never be perfect at. I know that may sound like bad news, but it isn't! There is no need to expect perfection from yourself because there is no such thing as perfect in ballroom dancing. Since it is an art form, the characterizations and rules are like liquid. Constantly changing and moving.
So, I would suggest to stop wasting your time saying things like "I can't dance." You're more than welcome to say "I don't know how to dance....yet" and then you can call your nearest Fred Astaire Dance Studio and set up your first lesson so you can finally proclaim "I CAN DANCE!""