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Phoenix dance studios tout benefits of dancing

What styles of dancing do you teach?

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."


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