Minneapolis dance instructors discuss lessons
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Who we talked to
Suzie Rethemeier, manager
1560 St. Clair Ave.
Chelsea Hill, office manager
The Dancers Studio
99 Snelling Ave. North
Esther Granbois, owner
Rendezvous Dance Studio
711 W. Lake St. Ste. B
Suzie Rethemeier: "We teach ballroom, Latin and nightclub dances."
Chelsea Hill: "We teach partner dancing - mainly ballroom, Latin and swing."
Esther Granbois: "We do mostly partner dances like ballroom, Latin and retro."
What's your favorite dance and why?
Suzie Rethemeier: "I don't actually dance."
Chelsea Hill: "I really like salsa dancing. It's fun music and it's just very upbeat and fast."
Esther Granbois: "I like them all, but I especially like the retro dances like swing and the historical dances of the twentieth century."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Suzie Rethemeier: "The social aspect. You can meet a lot of people. It's also really good for your health."
Chelsea Hill: "A lot of people want to have a social experience, and a lot of people like the exercise. It also helps build confidence."
Esther Granbois: "For social reasons."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Suzie Rethemeier: "We have group and private classes. A private lesson is $85 per hour. A group class is $15."
Chelsea Hill: "We have private lessons and group classes. A private lesson is $110 per hour. A group class is $15 an hour."
Esther Granbois: "We do private and group lessons. A private lesson is $60 per hour and a group class is $15 per hour."
Do you offer any types of packages? If so, can you give me a few examples and the price?
Suzie Rethemeier: "A package of 10 private lessons is $808 and a package of 10 group classes is $120."
Chelsea Hill: "If you're taking at least two private lessons a month you can attend unlimited group classes and parties. A package of six private lessons is $594."
Esther Granbois: "Four hours of private lessons are $195. A series of four group classes are $44."
Have shows like "Dancing with the Stars" helped your business?
Suzie Rethemeier: "Yes. Everyone wants to learn to dance after they see what's on television."
Chelsea Hill: "Definitely. It's created more awareness in the industry."
Esther Granbois: "Yes. It's a lot of fun that people are interested in ballroom dancing. They know what a foxtrot is and they might not have before."
How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you? Do they need to practice outside of class?
Suzie Rethemeier: "It's totally up to them. If they want to really learn dance and compete, we suggest twice a week. We recommend practice outside of class."
Chelsea Hill: "We recommend private lessons once a week and attending as many group classes as they can. We definitely recommend practice outside of class."
Esther Granbois: "It's up to the individual. It depends on their learning style and schedule. We definitely recommend practice outside of class."