Denver dance instructors take the lead on lessons
Who we talked to
Gary Bohlmeyer, owner
Mr. B's Dance Academy
4990 East Colfax Ave.
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Corey: "Ballroom, Latin and social. We also do wedding dance preparation."
Bohlmeyer: "We teach smooth and rhythm dancing."
Ward: "We do adult ballroom dances."
How do you charge for dance lessons (by the hour, by the session) and what's the cost?
Corey: "We have half sessions and full sessions. Half sessions are 25 minutes and full sessions are 50 minutes. We do group classes and private lessons. Customers should call for pricing."
Bohlmeyer: "It's by the lesson. We offer mainly private lessons by appointment. Our introductory special is about $60. After that, it's pay-as-you-go and there are no contracts."
Ward: "You can buy a five-week group class package for $39 that meets once a week or you can do private lessons. People should call for prices and information because it varies."
How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you? Do they need to practice outside of class?
Corey: "The average person takes one lesson a week. Most of our students practice outside of class even though it's not a requirement."
Bohlmeyer: "A minimum of once a week. I absolutely recommend practice outside of class. They will get as much out of their money as they put into it."
Ward: "The average person does once a week, but we have people that are here every night of the week. The more dancing you do, the better you will retain it."
How far in advance does someone need to schedule lessons with you before they can start?
Corey: "If we have an opening, we can get them in that day or within a week. We can work with a variety of schedules."
Bohlmeyer: "As far ahead as possible. Usually 48 hours is good."
Ward: "It really depends. The group classes are first come, first serve. Generally, I recommend calling a week to two weeks ahead."
How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?
Corey: "We start off with the basics. Anyone can learn to dance and our teachers are extremely patient and can teach in a variety learning styles."
Bohlmeyer: "We walk everyday and I've never seen anyone who puts their left foot forward every time they walk. We're born with rhythm."
Ward: "If they knew how to dance they wouldn't need us. We can help most people. We can't guarantee they'll be a great dancer, but we guarantee we'll make them a better dancer."