Phoenix dance studios tout benefits of dancing
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Who we talked to
Ravi Khalsa, owner
6222 N. Seventh St.
Nicole DeKavallas, owner
1859 W. Guadalupe Road, Ste.150
Candee Martinez, manager
Arthur Murray Dance Studio
1210 E. Indian School Road
Khalsa: "I teach Argentine tango only."
DeKavallas: "We teach social partner dances like salsa, swing and Argentine tango, plus we teach hip-hop."
Martinez: "All partner styles like ballroom, Latin, country and swing."
What's your favorite dance and why?
Khalsa: "Argentine tango, because it's improvisation."
DeKavallas: "Argentine tango, it's so intricate, intimate and sexy."
Martinez: "I personally don't have a favorite. I like Argentine tango, West Coast swing and the fox-trot."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Khalsa: "A lot people do it for exercise or for social reasons, like to meet other people."
DeKavallas: "There are a million benefits: to stay in shape, lose weight, add romance or relieve stress."
Martinez: "For the health and mental benefits. It promotes exercise and keeps your body young."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Khalsa: "A typical private lesson package is about 12 lessons for $725. Group lessons are $15 per dancer for a two-hour lesson."
DeKavallas: "We do it in packages, and it really varies, depending on the student's goals. Our introductory lessons are two half-hour lessons for $20."
Martinez: "We have a unit system. Our students purchase a private lesson, a group session and a party. The pricing depends on the student's goals."
How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you?
Khalsa: "I'd say one lesson per week and practice three times per week would be efficient."
DeKavallas: "Realistically, they should come in about twice a week. Practicing between lessons will get them to their goals more quickly."
Martinez: "Our average client comes in once a week, but we recommend twice a week."
How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?
Khalsa: "I recognize people have physical limitations and I try to apply that to what they're capable of doing within the dance."
DeKavallas: "With a lot of patience and explaining the dances in a variety of ways — not everyone learns to dance in the same way."
Martinez: "We have two departments. The specialist department helps new students figure out their goals. And the teaching department helps them fulfill their goals after they learn the basics."