Columbus dance instructors discuss classes

Columbus dance instructors discuss classes

What styles of dancing do you teach?

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."

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