The question of how long it takes to get good at dancing is, of course, very much like “how long is a piece of string” because it depends so much on the type of dancing that you will be learning. We all want to get good at something we try as quickly as possible or, at least, proficient enough to not make a fool of ourselves when we hit the dancefloor! Let’s take a look at two very different dance styles so you can get an idea of how long it can take to get good.

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Bachata is a Latin American couple dance that has started to become really popular. One of the reasons for that is its accessibility. You can pick up the basics of bachata very quickly, and then all you need to do after that is build on that base. You can expect to be proficient enough to take your bachata dancing to a social night in around 8-10 weeks. And, as you can see in this video of Cornel and Rithika, bachata really does look good!


Ballet is often held up as the most technical and disciplined dance style. To become a professional ballet dancer takes around 8 years of training, and this includes dance classes multiple times a week and usually daily practice. Ballet dancers often start taking lessons as a child, on average at age 7, and only become truly proficient somewhere in their teens. This is because ballet requires such a high level of technique, skill, muscle strength, and muscle control.

But we don’t all have 8 years to dedicate to learning to dance. Instead, if you’re looking for something that can be picked up much more quickly, but that still looks good, there are plenty of other options for you, such as Kizomba, Salsa, Tango and many many others!

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