Hartford dance instructors talk about their classes

Hartford dance instructors talk about their classes

What styles of dancing do you teach?

Carmen Larriu: "Ballroom and Latin dance classes."

Debra Stroiney: "All ballroom and partnership dances."

Beverly Burton: "Tap, ballet, jazz and ballroom."

Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?

Carmen Larriu: "For a new hobby, also to help tone them and for health reasons."

Debra Stroiney: "They take it for exercise, social benefits, to gain confidence, and to better themselves physically and mentally."

Beverly Burton: "It's good exercise."

How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?

Carmen Larriu: "One private lesson is $95 for 45 minutes. A group session is $35. A starter package is $175 for four private lessons, one group session and one practice party."

Debra Stroiney: "A private lesson is $90 for 45 minutes, a group session is $30 and a Friday night practice session is $10 for an hour and a half."

Beverly Burton: "Some are by the hour, session or month. Costs depend on what kind of dance it is. If someone takes three or four types of dance, then the price is reduced."

Have shows like "Dancing with the Stars" helped your business?

Carmen Larriu: "It's shown that real men dance, so we are getting more men involved."

Debra Stroiney: "It has helped with the younger generation who never thought of ballroom dancing as something hip or fun to do."

Beverly Burton: "With ballroom dance, yes."

How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you? Do they need to practice outside of class?

Carmen Larriu: "We recommend they come for two sessions a week. If they want to learn quicker and retain the information they should practice."

Debra Stroiney: "More than once a week. We don't recommend outside practice because if they practice incorrectly, then they have to fix it."

Beverly Burton: "Most of them take one class a week, but two or three times a week is more intense. They definitely need to practice outside of class."

How far in advance does someone need to schedule lessons with you before they can start?

Carmen Larriu: "Normally a week in advance."

Debra Stroiney: "It depends on the week. Our intro group classes happen three times a week and after that it depends on the schedule for a private lesson."

Beverly Burton: "They should call a week in advance."

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