Milwaukee dance studio instructors talk about dancing
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Who we talked to
Debora Loewen, artistic director
Wild Space Dance Co.
820 E. Knapp St.
John Gates, area franchiser
Fred Astaire Danceworks of Wisconsin, LLC
323 N. Milwaukee St.
Annette Kuligowski, founder and director
Krakow Polish Dancers of Milwaukee County
2607 S. 13th St.
Loewen: "Contemporary and modern."
Gates: "All the ballroom styles and all Latin dances."
Kuligowski: "Polish dancing."
What's your favorite dance and why?
Loewen: "Modern. It's what I've been trained in, and it's the most creative dance form."
Gates: "My favorite is the tango. It's very dramatic, challenging and passionate."
Kuligowski: "Polish, because of my ethnic involvement since age 4."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Loewen: "The social atmosphere, or they want to create something."
Gates: "Basically anything to do with exercise and weight loss or health issues. Dancing helps people through chemotherapy, it helps with confidence and learning social etiquettes. It's a way to spark up relationships [for couples]."
Kuligowski: "To learn more about the culture and background and to strengthen their interest in their heritage."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Loewen: "The general cost is $12 a class."
Gates: "There are different programs at all the schools, so it's a little bit different, but the average is $59 to $95 per 45-minute lesson."
Kuligowski: "We're a nonprofit, educational, charitable organization. If people are interested they come to one of our rehearsals, and if they're still interested they stay on for two weeks and I see if there is camaraderie. Then they come on for a $50 fee."
Do you offer any types of packages? If so, can you give me a few examples and the price?
Loewen: "Sometimes we'll do a three-day workshop with guest teachers and that might be $100-$130 for three days, depending on the teacher."
Gates: "With the basic program, it averages around $275 for five to seven lessons to get the basics."