A group class is the most common place for people learn how to dance because it exposes you to lots of different viewpoints on dancing and new material, with the added benefit that you can meet fellow dancers. It’s also great for those who are nervous about dancing, as they are among fellow learners and can take comfort in just being another face in the crowd.
Many instructors have different ways of thinking about things and different ways of doing things. So, you might like some of your local scene’s teachers better than others and it might take a little shopping to find your favorites.
Also, different teachers will sometimes give contradictory advice. Some advice is better than others. Some is equal, but different. So, start from the beginning to think for yourself. Take classes, take notes, try out what instructors are asking and decide for yourself what you like best of all and, if something doesn’t sound right, investigate.
Finally, use classes for all their benefits, not just instruction. Meet people, hang out with them between classes, ask your partners in the rotation for feedback on how your dancing is feeling,or ask one of your fellow students to help you practice the material if you have a few minutes free after class.