Dance instructors take the lead on describing their service

What styles of dancing do you teach?

Hardy: "Belly dancing."

Gates: "All the ballroom styles and all Latin dances."

Rosen: "Modern, tap, jazz, ballet, theater dance, hip-hop and belly dance."

What's your favorite dance and why?

Hardy: "Belly dancing. It encompasses your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and physiological being."

Gates: "My favorite is tango. It's very dramatic, it's challenging, and it's a very passionate dance."

Rosen: "I'm the modern teacher, so that's my favorite. I also really like hip-hop dance."

Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?

Hardy: "To help build their self-esteem. Often, they want to become more feminine and graceful."

Gates: "For exercise, weight loss and health issues. It even helps people learn social etiquette."

Rosen: "For physical activity. Dancing burns more calories because you're using your brain at the same time."

How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?

Hardy: "We are set up in five weekly sessions for $90."

Gates: "There are different programs, but the average is $59 to $95 per 45-minute lesson."

Rosen: "I do it by the class - it's more flexible. It's just $12 for a drop-in class. It's about $8 per class if you buy a Class Pass."

How many instructors teach in your studio?

Hardy: "I'm the only one."

Gates: "Between eight and 12 instructors."

Rosen: "Six to eight."

How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you?

Hardy: "Once they sign up, they'll stay the entire 15 months. Class is twice a week."

Gates: "In the beginning, you should keep lessons as close together as possible to build a good foundation. After that, you can go about once a week."

Rosen: "If they're really trying to improve their dance technique, I recommend two to three times a week. If it's for fun or exercise, once a week is fine."

Besides teaching lessons, do you hold any types of dancing events at your studio?

Hardy: "We have our studio parties twice a year, and we entertain at seminars and private parties."

Gates: "The Fred Astaire Dance Studio has eight to 15 different functions throughout the year. It's basically practicing while you have fun."

Rosen: "We're the host for the nonprofit performing company NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre. They do special projects and community workshops."


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