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I don't know where to start. Any suggestions?
There are many instructional dance video suppliers. Why should I buy videos from The Dance Store?
Tell me more about The Dance Store.
Describe your terms, prices, delivery, and shipping charges.
I hate back order delays. Do you always have inventory on hand?
I've got two left feet and my husband can't hear the beat of the music. Can we really learn how to dance from videos?
How do you handle shipments outside the United States?
What happens if my tape or DVD arrives damaged?
What is your privacy and security policy?
What videocassette formats are offered?
Do you sell music?
Do you have other videos not shown on this site?
Can I order over the telephone?
What are the advantages of DVD's over regular VHS videotapes?
What special features do your DVD's offer?

I don't know where to start. Any suggestions?
If you and your partner are new to partner dancing and you want to get started with something easy, try Dancing to Romantic Slow Songs. In this video we show you how to jazz up your slow dance and we teach the basic step of the waltz and the foxtrot. This video is almost foolproof. The steps are easy and the dances can be used in a wide variety of social settings. These three dances can be thought of as "foundation dances" for your foray into ballroom dancing. These dances use the easy "follow the leader" teaching approach where you stand in front of your television and just follow the leader.
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There are a many instructional dance video suppliers. Why should I buy videos from The Dance Store?
The Dance Store differentiates itself from the other suppliers in several ways:

  • First, our tapes and DVDs are longer than most on the market and they generally provide many more figures than the videos of our competitors. Most videos provide enough material to create a complete dance routine. One of my personal goals is to make learning to dance affordable for everyone. Unfortunately, learning to dance continues to be a very expensive undertaking. I’m convinced that it does not have to be.
  • Second, we try to teach leadable figures, figures that most people can use in lead and follow social dancing.
  • Third, we try to cover more than just the steps and figures. My Hustle Volume 3 video, for instance, goes pretty deep into styling and presentation.
  • Almost all beginners make the same mistakes. Strangely, most videos do not address these mistakes. Likewise, most folks can improve their dancing sharply by eliminating these typical, common problems. Our videos also address these common mistakes.
  • Most dance videos receive fairly low ratings from their buyers. Reasons: 1) not much material, 2) material is not clear or in depth, 3) the figures shown do not work for social dancing. In contrast to this, our Amazon.com consumer quality rating remains "Five Star." We are probably the only supplier that routinely queries consumer feedback.
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Tell me more about The Dance Store.
The Dance Store is a Limited Liability Company located in Chesterfield County, Virginia. My business license number is 99012953. Click here to see my license. Data on The Dance Store is available on the Virginia SCC Web Site. Our LLC ID is S067368.
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Please describe your terms, prices, delivery, and shipping charges.
Please visit out Ordering page for payment, delivery and shipment information. Prices are listed throughout the site along with our products. By the way, there are no hidden fees. You will see all totals before your final mouse click.
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I hate back order delays. Do you always have inventory on hand?
So far, as long as I've been in business, I've never failed to have product on hand. I keep standard inventories to avoid delays.
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I've got two left feet and my husband can't hear the beat of the music. Can we really learn how to dance from videos?
By far, the biggest barrier will be attitude, not aptitude. A long time ago, I thought about dance ability like I thought about artistic ability: you either had it or you didn't. Now, I don't think about either of those abilities like that. In my short dance career, I've personally watched some folks that I thought would be (I hate to say it) hopeless develop into formidable competitors. This experience has been very inspirational and it has made me completely rethink and reject the notion that natural talent is destiny. I believe that anybody who can tap their foot or clap their hands in time to the beat of the music is trainable. When I observe crowds of folks at concerts, I see that 99% of the people can successfully clap their hands, tap their feet, sing along, or play "air guitar" in time to the beat of the music. Almost every teen-aged boy has played "air guitar" or "air drums." This leads me to believe that 99% of adults are rhythmically capable. As far as having two left feet: again, the barrier is attitude, not aptitude. Social dancing requires no more "talent" than rope skipping, swimming, skiing, or riding a bike.

Learning by video offers many advantages. 1) It's cost effective. 2) It enables convenient learning that fits your schedule. 3) It allows learning at your own pace in the privacy of your home.
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How do you handle shipments outside the United States?
Please see International Orders on our Ordering page.
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What happens if my tape or DVD arrives damaged?
Contact me and I'll replace it with no charge whatsoever to you. Comment: So far, I've not had this happen.
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What is your privacy and security policy?
The Dance Store has never passed any customer information to any third party. In addition, we do not even see your credit card information. Only CCNOW, our credit card processor, sees this information. We've never divulged e-mail addresses and we have never used "mailing lists" or distributed unsolicited sales material.
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What videocassette formats are offered?
Presently, I offer standard VHS videotapes in the North American (NTSC) video format. For some titles, I also offer DVD's in the standard, North American (NTSC) video format. The NTSC format works for all players in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. I do not offer the European PAL video format but hope to by late 2004. The DVD's that I sell should work in most European players, since most of these players can accept DVD's of either the NTSC or PAL format.
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Do you sell music?
Yes we do! Please visit our Dance Music page.
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Do you have other videos not shown on this site?
No. This web site shows the entire product line. I do not currently offer videos for Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, or Viennese Waltz.
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Can I order over the telephone?
I cannot accept credit card information over the telephone. Please visit our Ordering page for payment options.
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What are the advantages of DVD's over regular VHS videotapes?
The biggest advantage is that DVD's allow fast, random access to any chapter on the video. This eliminates the need to fast forward and rewind and it eliminates the associated guessing about when to stop the tape. This random access feature is really helpful for videos that are 90 minutes or longer (like most of the ones we offer). In addition DVD's are compact, easy to store, and, unless damaged, they have a near infinite life. Compact DVD players and DVD-ROM equipped laptop computers can also make DVD viewing private and portable. Thus you can review your dance moves while on an airplane or you can take your laptop to your dance studio or to your partner's location.
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What special features do your DVD's offer?
DVD's by The Dance Store are professionally authored and manufactured and they work in all DVD players in all regions of the world. (For orders outside the U.S., click here for details.) These DVD's have a chapter stop precisely at the beginning of every figure. All DVD's have a professional, easy to navigate menu system, where all chapter points are listed. Typically, each DVD has 40 or more chapter points. Of course, unless stopped, the DVD will play continuously, without stopping, just like a videotape. Our DVD's are not simple "video to DVD transfers." Instead, our DVD's are made from the original high resolution digital capture and thus they have superior video and audio quality. They are pressed on the same manufacturing equipment used by large distributors such as Disney and Universal Studios. Each tab forward or back lands you on a numbered title so that you always know exactly where you are in the video. If you like to have all of your figures indexed, titled, numbered, and nicely organized and accessible on compact, easy-to-store, and nearly indestructible media, these DVD's are for you!
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