San Diego instructors take the lead on dance lessons
Who we talked to
Carl Davis, owner
Davis Dance Studio
April Sanders, director
Ginger Sarmento, owner
Ballroom Dancing Strictly For Fun
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Davis: "A few examples are the jitterbug, swing, salsa, the rumba and the foxtrot."
Sanders: "We teach tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, Yoga, Pilates and even break dancing."
Sarmento: "Everything. We teach both American and International ballroom styles."
What's your favorite dance and why?
Davis: "The waltz. It's just so elegant."
Sanders: "Tap has always been my favorite."
Sarmento: "I'm addicted to the Argentine tango."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Davis: "It's good for wedding couples learning their first dance or for divorcees or widowers trying to meet people."
Sanders: "Fitness, lose weight, coordination and to help with how they view themselves."
Sarmento: "To feel young, meet other people, improve your appearance or to have more fun."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Davis: "It's by the hour. For two people it's $50 an hour."
Sanders: "We charge by the month. For one hour a week for a month it's $45."
Sarmento: "By the hour. I suggest two-hour sessions at $75 per hour. Group lessons run $10 per hour."
Do you offer any types of packages? If so, can you give a few examples and the price?
Davis: "Yes. It's $48 an hour for five sessions, $45 for 10 sessions and $43 for 20 sessions."
Sanders: "We offer quarterly packages. For three months of a one-hour class once each week, it's $125."
Sarmento: "Yes. Our private lesson package includes 10 hours for $550, or 20 hours for $900."
How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you? Do they need to practice outside of class?
Davis: "At least once a week. They should practice outside of class but they don't."
Sanders: "It depends on their age and skill level but at least once a week. Yes, I do ask that they practice."
Sarmento: "As many times as possible and they absolutely need to practice outside of class."
Besides teaching lessons, do you hold any types of dancing events at your studio?
Davis: "No. I recommend other places, like nightclubs, for practice."
Sanders: "We have recitals several times a year. Each recital has three two-hour shows."
Sarmento: "Not at this time."
How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?
Davis: "I emphasize counting. It's the only way to gain the muscle memory. It usually works."
Sanders: "With a lot of patience. Dancing is supposed to be fun. Even if it takes two months, we'll keep trying."
Sarmento: "I first ask that they dance correctly - that's the hardest part. After that it's just gaining the muscle memory."