Q: Do I need a partner to take lessons or attend classes with?

A: No. However you will never learn to dance dancing alone. I put much work into making sure my classes have an even ratio of leads and follows. I rotate the follows/females in all my classes. The classes are a mix of singles and couples. Most students including couples love to rotate and experience dancing with everyone. This also enhances the growth of the entire class.

Q: If we are a couple do we have to rotate?

A: No. I don’t force anyone to rotate. Many couples come to class as a date night and desire to dance only with their partner.

Q: What shoes should I wear?

A: Dance shoes are best, including ballroom, Latin, jazz, or ballet. You may also wear bowling shoes or tennis shoes with suede applied to the soles. Avoid rubber soles, hard leather, sandals, and open back shoes. You may wear heavy socks during your first few lessons if necessary. I only allow suede bottom dance shoes in the studio. If you do not have dance shoes we do have loaner shoes available in most sizes.  If you are interested in buying a pair for yourself, please contact me to make an appointment for a fitting.

Q: What clothing should I wear?

A: Wear something that makes you feel good and is comfortable and easy to move in. Ladies may wear a skirt if desired, but this is not necessary – many ladies choose to wear slacks, jeans, sweats and a comfortable top. There is no dress code for students at our studio. Layering is always a good idea.

Q: What dances do you teach?

A: I teach American Styles in Ballroom and Latin
American Ballroom – Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango
American Rhythm – Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing
West Coast Swing, Nite Club 2 Step, Salsa, and all Country Dances

Q: What is the difference between a group and private lesson?

A: Group class is designed to stimulate interest, give an overview of steps, and provide review and practice time with several different partners. Private lessons are one-on-one coaching with a pro to learn leading and following skills, technique, style, and the feeling of the dance.

Q: Should I start with group classes or private lessons first?

A: The very beginning of your training is the most important and becomes the foundation which you draw upon. Students tend to develop bad habits without individual correction. If private training is started later, there is much more work and time involved to correct bad habits and become a good dancer. It is best to do both and go out to practice your steps at different clubs and ballrooms.

Q: What payment methods are accepted?

A: Checks and cash only for classes. You may use credit card to purchase dance shoes.

Q: Do I have to sign a contract or enroll in a program?

A: Definitely not! And there is no program enrollment. All time spent during the lesson is on dance training and not selling contracts.

Q: What is the difference between a “Dance Teacher” and a “Professional Instructor?”

A: A dance teacher can be virtually anyone, even a beginner dancer. Many times, they are in a teacher training program at franchised studios where they are employed part time. An independent Professional Instructor is one who has built a reputation through many years of training with national and world champions, has been a competitor, performed professionally, and makes a living strictly by teaching others to dance.

Q: I am a beginner. Do I need a Professional Instructor? What type of teacher is best? Does it cost more?

A: You need the best teacher possible, which is an independent, experienced Professional, just as you need the best parent when you are born. The first years are the most impressionable and not easily undone, so it is important to learn correctly in the very beginning. The cost is normally about the same, but is paid to the teacher rather than the studio.

Q: Should my teacher be a male or female instructor?

A: Gender is not important if you are training for social dancing. But if you intend to compete, then it is best to have the opposite sex. However, many woman compete together with West Coast Swing, Hustle, Cha-cha, and Salsa. The important consideration is to find someone who has expertise in leading as well as following.

Q: What is the difference between “Ballroom” and “Latin” dances and what are they?

A: Ballroom is a long stride, smooth dance with heel leads that progress counter clockwise around the floor. Latin is danced through the ball of the foot, smaller steps, with Cuban motion.

Q: What is the difference between “American” and “International” styles of ballroom and Latin?

A: American is social ballroom, open style, and easier to learn. International style is English and takes much more training and dedication. It is designed for the serious competitor.

Dance Etiquette

  • If your shirt/blouse becomes soaked with sweat, change into a clean shirt.
  • Remember personal hygiene: deodorant, toothpaste, breath mints.
  • If you bump, touch or make contact with another dancer, say “excuse me.”
  • If you step or kick another dancer, make sure they are not injured.
  • If you ask someone to dance and they say no, don’t take it personally (they may simply be needing to rest).
  • If someone asks you to dance and you say no, it is considered impolite to dance with another person during that same song.
  • Be aware that some people want to keep the teaching and learning in the classroom and would rather just have fun on the social dance floor.
  • Consider dancing with less-experienced dancers. It will improve your leading/following technique and will welcome more and more dancers into the scene.

Rules of the Dance Floor

  • Always dance in a counterclockwise direction around the floor.
  • Leave the perimeter of the floor available to traveling dancers.
  • Slower dancers, including beginner dancers, should move towards the inner lanes of the dance floor, allowing faster dancers to pass them on the outside.
  • If you are not dancing, do not stand on the dance floor.
  • The center of the floor is reserved only for swing dancers and other dances that do not travel.
  • Leads – always pay attention to where you are going, and be prepared for the unexpected such as a collision.
  • Follows – watch the lead’s blind spot and give a gentle tug or pull on the lead’s shoulder if the two of you are about to be turned into another couple.


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