The Beginner Dancer's Survival Guide

A Practical eBook for Beginner Dancers

When you are new, dancing is all about survival. Many people will drop out after learning a few steps. Your job is to do better than that. Dancing is hard. This book will give you the tools you need to stick with it.The Beginner Dancer's Survival Guide


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This handbook is designed to get you through your first 1-3 years of partner dancing. It covers:

  • Surviving your first dance class, social dance, and more
  • Avoiding common social blunders when you go out dancing
  • Dealing with shyness and social anxiety
  • The essential skills you must develop to become a competent dancer
  • Encouraging advice to help you kick ass when you feel frustrated or unconfident

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More About the Survival Guide

"The Beginner Dancer's Survival Guide" (115 pages) is a compilation of my 14 best newbie-centered blog posts, plus 6 new essays. Each essay has been revised and reformatted for your reading pleasure. Throughout the book, you'll also find:

  • Helpful advice from my blog readers
  • Action steps, tips, and checklists
  • Thought-provoking questions to ponder
  • Lots of down-home wisdom and embarrassing vignettes from your author

100% Money Back GuaranteeThis book is written especially for partner dance newbies in their first year of dancing. More experienced dancers may find it helpful, however!

If you get the book and find it's not your cup of tea, just shoot me an email and I'll give you a refund. Yes, really! It's no skin off my back to make sure you're happy.


Reader Feedback

Overall, a comprehensive toolkit to starting to partner dance. I hope that many new dancers read it and take notes!Sasha Anderson,

This book consolidates the lessons that beginners tend to hear from different people/places throughout their first year into one concrete place. At a basic level, it will also help you realize you are not alone in your journey with its ups and downs!Cheryl Crow,

"Rebecca's funny, friendly voice guides you through every stage, from driving by the venue as a nervous newbie to trying to stay humble as a rock star dancer. Although the book is designed for beginners, it will also help seasoned dancers and teachers remember what it feels like to be a newbie. Rebecca's book can help us all learn to be more sensitive to the needs of newcomers in our dance community."Candace Keillor,

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YES! The Survival Guide is now available in .mobi (Kindle) and .epub. Both versions are included in your download. Just open README.txt (included in the download) for instructions on how to transfer the file to your eReader.

Table of Contents

This book has a total of 20 chapters in 5 parts. New essays are marked with a ◊.

How to Survive Your First Dance Class
How to Survive Your First Social Dance
Basic Etiquette for Social Dancing ◊
How Not to Be Rejected For a Dance
Your First Out of Town Dance Event ◊
How to Make Friends With Any Dancer
Great Conversation Starters
Dealing With Your Shyness
Why the Cool People Aren’t Talking to You Yet
The Creepiness Quiz
The 10 Essential Skills ◊
On Chopsticks and Dancing
Your First Levels Audition
Nurturing Your Music Obsessions
The 5 Worst Mistakes ◊
The Problem with Newbies
Encouraging Words for Tough Times ◊
10 Things I Wish I’d Been Told In My First Year of Dancing ◊
What’s a Frankie Manning? And Other Questions You Don’t Want to Be Caught Dead Asking
How to Be a Dreamboat: An Interview with Peter Flahiff

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About the Author


Hey, I'm Rebecca Brightly. I write the popular blog Dance World Takeover, where I help newbie dancers problem-solve issues of learning to dance. I've spent 8 years learning about the body and how it moves, and I absolutely love sharing my unique knowledge and discoveries. A sampling of my unconventional educational sources: Massage and structural integration school, ballet and modern dance, the Alexander Technique, Cal Newport’s blog and books, and of course lots of lindy hop!

Hope you enjoy the book!



Rebecca Brightly


P.S. Are you thinking, "Can't I just read all this on your blog, for free?" Most of it, yes. Or you can read it offline any time you want, all in an organized and beautifully illustrated eBook. :-)

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