Los Angeles instructors talk about giving dance lessons
Who we talked to
Mary Ann Rogiers, owner
3265 Motor Ave.
Candellyn Tyner, owner
Pacific Academy of Dance
1100 S. Beverly Dr.
Josie Neglia, owner
Josie Neglia Dance Academy
342 North Ford Blvd.
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Rogiers: "We teach many styles: classical ballet, and all forms of ballroom and Polynesian dances."
Tyner: "We teach ballet, hip-hop and jazz."
Neglia: "Everything from ballet, hip-hop to Latin, tango and swing. Salsa is the most popular."
What's your favorite dance and why?
Rogiers: "It depends on my mood, but I love them all."
Tyner: "My favorite is ballet. It requires a degree of discipline but allows creativity."
Neglia: "I'd say salsa. It's been my specialty for the last 15 years."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Rogiers: "Many wish to work out but dislike the mess of having to go to a gym."
Tyner: "Exercise, general health or maybe they did it as a child and it brings back good memories."
Neglia: "Many Latinos learn salsa for cultural reasons or to 'get back to their roots.'"
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Rogiers: "For private lessons they pay as they go. It's $70 for an hour."
Tyner: "We charge by the hour. For adults, it's $16.25 per class."
Neglia: "They can pay $15 for an hour or purchase one of our packages."
Have shows like "Dancing with the Stars" helped your business?
Rogiers: "Oh, yes. It exposes people to partner dances that they normally wouldn't try."
Tyner: "It sure has. It's good to see a show that promotes dancing."
Neglia: "Yes. It's always been in the back of people's minds, but the show motivates them to take action."
What is your experience in this industry?
Rogiers: "I've been teaching dance for over 50 years."
Tyner: "I've been doing this for 15 years."
Neglia: "I've been teaching for 15 years."
How many instructors teach in your studio?
Rogiers: "I'm independent. That means it's just me."
Tyner: "We have four instructors."
Neglia: "We offer seven instructors."
How far in advance does someone need to schedule lessons with you before they can start?
Rogiers: "For a private lesson they need to call several weeks in advance."
Tyner: "They can call anytime. We also accept walk-ins."
Neglia: "They can walk in and take a class that day."
How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?
Rogiers: "I go at the individual's pace."
Tyner: "We handle them with a lot of patience and humor - you got to have it."
Neglia: "If they can just relax and feel at ease, it will help."