Dallas dance instructors discuss the lessons they offer
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Chris New: "Ballroom, Latin, swing and country western."
Susan Johnson: "Adult hip-hop."
Ana Solano: "We teach salsa, ballet folklorico, hip hop and a country western class."
Who we talked to
Chris New, owner
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
New: "Creative outlets, relaxation, improved health, to meet people, make new friends and sense of achievement."
Johnson: "Aerobic benefits. A lot of times they enjoy this environment as opposed to going into a gym."
Solano: "To be in better shape, as a fun thing to do with your spouse and for social interaction."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
New: "Private lessons start at about $70. We do teach small group classes that are $10 for single people and $15 for a couple. We always do hour-long classes."
Johnson: "We do it on a drop in basis. They can pay as they go by purchasing a class card. It is $15 for a single class card. We also do private lessons. For technique it is $70 an hour and for choreography it is $90 per hour. "
Solano: "It's $125 for a semester and that is 12 weeks of class. Our twice a week classes are $225 per semester. For private lessons is $25 per hour. We also have unlimited dance cards for $300."
How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you? Do they need to practice outside of class?
New: "If you just want to be okay, once a week. If you want to be really good, twice a week. I don't recommend outside practice because. they can easily practice backwards."
Johnson: "At least once a week. It's not necessary to practice outside of class. Hip-hop is more follow the leader, not technique based."
Solano: "A minimum of once a week. We encourage them to practice on their own too."
How far in advance does someone need to schedule lessons with you before they can start?
New: "We fill up kind of fast. It's best to call a week or two ahead."
Johnson: "It's drop in so they just need to come 10 minutes ahead of time. For private lessons we recommend a week's notice."
Solano: "We ask that they be enrolled by the first Monday in February and then again by the first Monday after Labor day."