Columbus dance instructors discuss classes
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Who we talked to
Angie Haver, owner
Generations Performing Arts Co.
Jeff Stein, owner
Emerald City Ballroom Dance Club
Daniel Tackett, owner
Fred Astaire Columbus
Angie Haver: "Tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, Irish step dancing, lyrical and tumbling."
Jeff Stein: "Anything that's done with a partner: ballroom, Latin, swing and country."
Daniel Tackett: "Everything: both social and competitive ballroom, Latin and swing."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Angie Haver: "We charge on a monthly basis, but they pay weekly. For adults, it's $30 to $65, depending on the number of classes."
Jeff Stein: ""We're unique. We don't offer packages. You pay as you go for 45-minute sessions. Each is $65."
Daniel Tackett: "By session. It's $89 for a private lesson, a group class and an invitation to our practice party."
Do you offer any types of packages? If so, can you give a few examples and the price?
Angie Haver: "It's all done a la carte. You pick what you want. There are discounts once you hit a certain number of classes."
Jeff Stein: ""We don't offer packages."
Daniel Tackett: "It's $25 for two 20-minute sessions. The next step is five private and five group sessions, along with five practice parties, for $295."
Have shows like "Dancing with the Stars" helped your business?
Angie Haver: "Not really, since we avoid ballroom instruction."So You Think You can Dance" has helped attract more adults."
Jeff Stein: ""I haven't had to advertise in three years. Jerry Rice broke the stigma for older men. It used to be a lot of older women, but now we see many couples."
Daniel Tackett: "Absolutely. Tony Dovolani, one of the professionals, is a Fred Astaire dancer. It's been tremendous for us."
How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you? Do they need to practice outside of class?
Angie Haver: "At least three classes per week, but it depends on what they want from dancing. Some come in for half an hour once a week, while others come in 18 hours each week."
Jeff Stein: ""Twice a week. Three times would be best. They'll progress faster if they practice outside of class. I suggest they come to two sessions and our Friday night dance party."
Daniel Tackett: "As often as possible. Your muscles need to get accustomed to it. The closer together the sessions are, the more you're going to learn."
How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?
Angie Haver: "Be patient and move them along at their own pace."
Jeff Stein: ""A lot of patience. I know how to bring somebody's muscle memory up from scratch."
Daniel Tackett: "With patience and repetition. That's why they come to us, so I'm not surprised. I've never met a student I couldn't teach."