FAQs WE GET FROM NEWCOMERS
YES! That’s the whole idea of coming to our lessons.
With limited footwork and professional teachers, Le Step’s Modern Jive is surprisingly easy to learn so our classes appeal to lots of people with no experience whatsoever!
You can relax, we run through everything step-by-step for you in a group session. It’s also good to know that there will be other people there who are ‘first-timers’ too!
You do need to book for private classes and workshops.
When you attend our classes for the first time, we get you to sign a Membership (Disclaimer) Form.
You can fill it out at class or save time by doing it now and submitting it, under the “New to Le Step” page.
MJ Next Gen is a totally different format of evening that’s designed to meet the needs of our 18 – 30 year old dancers.
Dancers from as young as 13 are welcome to attend, subject to our Under 18s Policy.
Other dancers certainly will not be excluded but may be better suited to our ‘Mainstream MJ Classes’ unless they are experienced crew, teachers or current competitor MJ dancers.
The MJ Next Gen classes provide a venue where people can mix and mingle and learn to dance with people of a similar demographic.
The classes also feature bigger and more energetic moves, more up-to-date dance music, more dips & drops and a faster pace of teaching that is not for everyone.
You do not need to book for our group classes. Simply show up to any venue you like.
Mainstream MJ classes are our regular MJ classes that are designed with everyone in mind.
These regular classes have a great format for everyone to enjoy MJ. The pace of teaching in the Beginner Class is designed to suit most people and the moves do not require too much energy, flexibility or knowledge of dance.
The format of the evening consists of two classes and general dance time.
There is a Beginner Class for everyone (including our regular dancers) at the beginning of the night, and later in the night we offer (at no additional charge) another class for you to choose; Recap Class (go over the beginner class again), Bridging Class (a bit harder and a stepping up class), and the Intermediate/Advanced Class (for those who need a challenge).
We suggest you do at least 6 but up to 12 Recap Classes before choosing to do a Bridging Class.
Then, we suggest you do at least 6 but up to 12 Bridging Classes before moving up to the I/A (Intermediate/Advanced) classes.
You do not need to book for our group classes. Simply show up to any venue you like.
Yes. But subject to a few basic rules, everyone is welcome and membership is free.
“Membership” simply means you have agreed to stick to some basic etiquette and agreed to our standard disclaimer. Everyone who attends a Le Step class gets a plastic membership card.
Each time you attend class we scan the plastic card. Bringing your card means you don’t have to fill our a new disclaimer each time you attend a class.
The style taught is the latest modern style of partner dancing that is suited to nightclubs, parties and weddings and looks fantastic danced to the latest top 40 music.
In Australia and overseas, it is best known as MJ (or Modern Jive).
Is it Latin/Salsa?
No. Latin looks fantastic to Latin Music but you’ll pretty much only dance ‘Latin’ to Latin Music.
We take all the best moves and style elements from Latin (Salsa, Lambada, Meringue) and put it into an easy to use format that can be done to Latin music or Swing music, or Rock ‘n’ Roll Music or whatever you like!
At classes, we dance mainly to the latest Top 40 music.
Beginners class times vary among our different venues – for more information, check out our Social Classes page!
Our Intermediate and Advanced standard dancers come to this class as well – so there’s plenty of people to chat with and help lead you through the fun, easy routines.
Later in the night, there’s also a ‘Recap Class’ which will take you thorough the beginner moves again to build on what you already learnt in the first class.
Admission to the ‘Recap Class’ is complimentary when you attend the Beginners’ Class.
Even if you have danced before, we recommend you do the ‘Recap Classes’ for a few weeks so that you get exposed to most of the base moves of Modern Jive. We assume that everyone doing the Intermediate classes will have an understanding of all base moves.
If you have not danced before we recommend you do at least 2 to 3 months of classes one night a week before trying an Intermediate class. If you dance more than once a week you will probably want to move up sooner.
Our experience has shown us time and time again that those who promote themselves into the intermediate classes too soon end up frustrated and often give up dancing. People who spend the extra few weeks getting to know the basics end up progressing into fabulous dancers who have lots of fun!
Most of our Intermediate and Advanced Dancers continue to do the Beginner Classes because it is during these classes that they work on improving their knowledge of how to dance more advanced moves well.
No. That’s why we call it a dance class!
Our classes cater for absolute, total beginners who’ve never danced in their lives.
So even if (you think) you’ve got two left feet, get along to the class and see how much fun it can be!
No. Simply show up to any class location and have a great time!
You will need to book for special events and workshops.
No. You can come as often or as infrequently as suits your lifestyle.
Many people come to the same venue every week – others attend different venues every week so they get to dance with a variety of different people.
Some people dance once a month – others come two nights every week.
Once a week is OK but we recommend you try to attend twice a week in your first month so that you see some real results really fast!
For just a few dollars more you can purchase a Monthly Pass and dance at all our Le Step venues whenever you like. This is a great way to kick-start your dancing.
Your first 6 classes for about half price.
As part of our promotional offer, you can purchase a ‘1st Timer Pass’ on your first night.
These passes give you your next six classes for roughly half the price of the casual rate.
1st Timer Passes are a low cost way to experience Le Step and see if it is something you really want to get into regularly.
“Unlimited Access Passes” (a.k.a Monthly Passes) entitle you to attend our regular classes as many nights as you can handle for a whole calendar month.
These passes are not valid for Dance Parties, Workshops, Routines or other special events.
This is financially your best option and will encourage you to attend more often and get really good at dancing!
We offer 6 and 12 Night Lesson Passes valid at all of our classes, state-wide.
Preferably, wear comfortable clothes that aren’t too restrictive. Despite the fact that you’ll probably work up a sweat, we encourage you to come dressed smart casual!
Wear clothes that you might wear out to a party or nightclub.
We do have a ‘Dress Code’ which can outline things better for you. If you’d like a copy please ask our office or door staff.
But basically, if you think about going to a night out at a ‘social club’ or nightclub you’ll do well.
So guys, don’t wear shorts (shorts and dancing is a bad look, guys), avoid joggers (they’ll stick you to the floor), avoid sleeveless shirts guys as the girls don’t want your bare armpit in their face.
Sometimes (especially in the summer months) it’s a good idea to bring a hand towel as well – you’ll be working up a real sweat!
For those of you who really get pumping, consider bringing a spare shirt or three.
But remember above all else that; the most important thing to wear is deodorant!
Remember, you’ll need to be able to spin on the floor – so do not wear joggers. If possible, wear a pair of shoes with a smooth’ish sole that won’t stick you to the floor ! Try to avoid joggers or runners or anything that will glue you to the floor.
Girls, you’ll probably feel more comfortable leaving your high heels at home when you first start lessons. It takes a little while to get your “dance legs”!
Many of our girls purchase Ballroom Practice shoes from Kerri Dee’s Dance Shoes.
They are ideal as they have a short but large block heel that is ideal for good balance. Please mention you are from Le Step so Kerri knows the best type of shoe for you.
Yes. We have current public liability insurance for $M10.
Our teachers are highly experienced and trained so injuries are seldom.
However, anyone can have an accident so we encourage you to check that any dance school you deal with has appropriately trained staff and appropriate liability insurance.
As with all sports, individuals must accept that there are associated risks. If you are particularly worried about the sports you do, you might like to take out your own cover (including loss of income insurance) and you can also check your home insurance policy to see what it covers in terms of personal injury and liability.
Everyone is welcome at every venue but it’s worth knowing that the music we play is the kind of music that is played on top 40 type radio stations.
If you are in the, say 13 – 30 year old age bracket, you should also consider attending an ‘MJ Next Gen’ class. (See above for more info.)
Yes We find that our regular classes and workshops are all most people require.
However, if you want to speed up the process of learning or want extra training for an event (competition/wedding/function) then consider a private class or two.
Please see our classes>>price lists for current price information.
Such classes are usually run immediately before our regular classes (so we avoid additional hall hire costs) but can be arranged for other times and locations.
You can also purchase a copy of our specially produced DVDs or videos so that you can learn in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Send us an email or phone Mick or one of the crew at the Le Step Office on 0412174111.
We also offer a variety of Bridal Packages for those of you who are getting married!
If you have children, you’ll need to get a babysitter if you want to attend our classes, parties and events. As much as we love kids, we aim to provide venues where adults can enjoy the company of other adults without the distraction of their kids or other people’s kids. Furthermore, some of our class and dance party venues are licensed premises so children are not allowed.
Our policy for children attending classes…
Persons under the age of 18 (and their parent/guardian) must clearly identify themselves to the Door Staff and the Le Step Venue Manager.
You will be asked to sign a separate detailed document called our ‘Under 18’s Disclaimer and Permission Form.
Children under 13 years may not attend our regular nightly classes.
Children aged 13 to 15 are welcome with parental/legal guardian supervision.
Children over 16 may attend regular nightly classes subject to parents/legal guardians signing them in at their first session.
As part of our commitment of making sure all young clients learning in a safe environment, our venue managers as well as many of our mainstream teachers and crew have Queensland Government issued Blue Cards. This means they have undergone background checks and have been cleared to work with people under the age of eighteen.
The PDF Under 18’s Disclaimer and Permission Form is available for download. You will be asked to sign this form in front of our staff at a class. Those aged 16 and 17 may bring it to a class already signed but our Door Staff may check by phone with parents/guardians before access to the venue is granted. Alternatively, parents/guardians may choose to attend the venue to sign in those aged 16 or 17.
We dance because it is fun!
Yes. Le Step hosts one competition every year, which is open to people from all around the world. The emphasis at our competition has always been on participating in a fun, friendly competition. It is not about ‘winning at all costs’.
We place a lot of emphasis on the ‘Dance-with-a-Stranger’ (a.k.a. DWAS) section (where people meet their partner on the dance floor just before competing) because this dance has always been about being able to dance with anyone and everyone.
Because it is heaps of fun getting together with other dancers in other areas, we also attend competitions held interstate. You can visit their sites on the links page.
Send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/TXT Mick on 0412174111,