Cleveland area dance instructors discuss dance lessons
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Who we talked to
Char Klimko, owner
750 E. Washington St. Ste. F1
Jessica Todero, co-owner
Elegance in Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio
8225 E. Washington St.
Courtney Laves-Mearini, owner
Cleveland City Dance
13947 Cedar Road
Char Klimko: "We teach all types of ballroom dance."
Jessica Todero: "We teach American and international styles, including Latin and ballroom dances."
Courtney Laves-Mearini: "For adults, we offer ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop."
What's your favorite dance and why?
Char Klimko: "The tango because it's so dramatic."
Jessica Todero: "The rumba because it's slow and romantic."
Courtney Laves-Mearini: "Ballet and jazz are my favorite dances. I love the way your body moves and the way the energy flows with these dances."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Char Klimko: "They come to have fun and to meet other people. Couples use their lesson as a weekly romantic date with one another."
Jessica Todero: "Not only is it great exercise, but it's a great way to meet new people and improve social skills. It also revives your mind, body and soul."
Courtney Laves-Mearini: "People can work on their coordination and meet new people who have similar interests. It becomes a big family."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Char Klimko: "For a private lesson, I charge $65 per hour."
Jessica Todero: "We offer group classes, private instruction and dance parties. The Friday group classes and parties are $10."
Courtney Laves-Mearini: "It costs $16 per class, but we offer a discount if you register for the entire semester."
How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you?
Char Klimko: "It's helpful if they can practice outside of class. Their weekly lesson is all I recommend."
Jessica Todero: "We recommend taking lessons at least two to three times a week to see the best results."
Courtney Laves-Mearini: "For beginners, I recommend once a week."
How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?
Char Klimko: "They're not a problem. I tell those with two left feet to find a partner that has two right feet."
Jessica Todero: "I have a lot of patience because everyone learns at a different pace. Private lessons would be the best way to start."
Courtney Laves-Mearini: "I tell them that adults have more body awareness and should be able to learn quicker and move faster through the steps."