Ethnic Dance Chicago (EDC)
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About Ethnic Dance Chicago
How Do I Get Started? - What If I Don't Know How to Dance?
Getting Started
  • If you'd like to try out ethnic folk dance and ethnic music and you live in the area, or if you are visiting or passing through Chicago, why not drop in and see about making dancing your second language? As the saying goes, the hardest step in a journey is the first one, so why not make that a dance step?  
  • The first night you attend, you may feel overwhelmed by the variety and newness of material presented.  Many of you will experience new types of music and new rhythms. You'll probably think that all the other folks there are expert dancers, but at some point, many of them started from where you are now.  Give yourself some time to learn the language of ethnic folk dance.

  • After a few weeks, you'll start to recognize that there are many common elements in dances from across different cultures. You will also find some unique elements of style in each dance form.  You'll also begin to recognize dance and music forms, styles, names, tunes and countries of origin, and you might even recognize some of the dance or song names.  You'll also notice that many of those folks you once thought of as "dance experts" are just plain folks, like yourself.

  • The word is patience...

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No Experience Required
  • You don’t need to have any prior background or experience in dance. You just need to be willing to try and to learn. 
  • EDC offers teaching sessions early in the evening. This is followed by an open dancing period until midnite.  If you stick around for the open dancing, you'll learn a lot more by trying things that you haven't "officially" learned by getting in between experienced dancers or by following behind the lines. 
  • In general, easier dances are taught early in the evening and more challenging dances are taught later. During the open dance program, previously taught dances and other popular dances requested by the participants, and some occasional "old chestnuts" are done until about midnight. 
  • While we do accept American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard as payment, we don't accept the statement: "I don't know how to dance"!