New York dance instructors discuss teaching dance lessons
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Who we talked to
Eugene Livshits, manager
Dance With Me Social Dance Studio
685 Bergen Blvd.
Lori Barzvi, owner
Soho Dance Studio
Tammy Halaburda, manager
You Should Be Dancing!
412 Eighth Ave.
Eugene Livshits: "We have ballroom and Latin dancing."
Lori Barzvi: "We offer Latin and ballroom dancing."
Tammy Halaburda: "We offer ballroom dancing lessons."
What's your favorite dance and why?
Eugene Livshits: "My favorite dances are the Latin dances. They're fun and sexy."
Lori Barzvi: "Salsa is my favorite. I love the music, and I love the way it makes me feel when I'm dancing."
Tammy Halaburda: "It goes back and forth between swing and salsa. They're very energetic, and I like the music."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Eugene Livshits: "One of the big reasons is for exercise. Dance changes your life. Also, it's a fun way to socialize."
Lori Barzvi: "A lot of couples come in to prepare for their wedding. Our students consider the studio an extension of their home and enjoy the socialization."
Tammy Halaburda: "They take lessons to meet people, for exercise or to improve their self-confidence. Some people take dance as a creative outlet."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Eugene Livshits: "We offer an introductory program of two private 30 minute lessons for $60 or six weeks of group classes cost $110."
Lori Barzvi: "A one-hour private lesson is $90 or one group class is $75."
Tammy Halaburda: "Private lessons range from $60 to $85. Or you can take a weekly group class for $60 a month."
Do you offer any types of packages? If so, can you give me a few examples and the price?
Eugene Livshits: "We have several programs, including 10 classes for $220."
Lori Barzvi: "We offer four group classes and four private classes for $400. The more classes you take, the cheaper it gets."
Tammy Halaburda: "We offer a variety of packages combining group classes and private lessons. The cost will vary per package."
Have shows like "Dancing with the Stars" helped your business?
Eugene Livshits: "Absolutely. I think the dancing programs have helped a lot."
Lori Barzvi: "Yes. I think the popularity of all the dance shows has given people the idea to take lessons."
Tammy Halaburda: "No. It makes people aware of ballroom dance, but no one has come in saying they want to dance like Marie Osmond."
How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?
Eugene Livshits: "If I had a penny for everyone who said they had two left feet, I'd be a rich man. We're very patient with new students."
Lori Barzvi: "We tell everyone, 'If you can walk, you can dance.' We encourage our students and are very patient with them."
Tammy Halaburda: "The students who have the most fear tend to pick it up quickly. They focus more, and we work at their speed."