Orlando dance instructors discuss the lessons they offer

Orlando dance instructors discuss the lessons they offer

What styles of dancing do you teach?

Mike Barbieri: "We teach salsa."

Christina Carlisi: "We have ballet, tap and jazz."

Patricia Hardy: "Belly dancing."

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

Barbieri: "For social reasons, to get exercise and the love of the music."

Carlisi: "A lot of people do it for social reasons and as a hobby."

Hardy: "To build their self esteem, to become more feminine and more graceful."

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

Barbieri: "We charge by the hour. It's usually $8 to $10 per hour. We have packages of 10 lessons for $60."

Carlisi: "All of our classes are based on a monthly tuition between $44 and $53 for one class a week. The more classes you take per week, the more of a discount you get."

Hardy: "We are set up in five-week sessions for $90."

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

Barbieri: "Generally people come in two or three times a week. The more you do it, the better you get."

Carlisi: "For adults, it depends on how much they can physically handle. Practice always helps any student, but it's not a requirement."

Hardy: "Normally, once they sign up they stay the entire 15 months. Class is twice a week. It's a dance class, not just exercise, so they should definitely practice."

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

Barbieri: "There is no need to schedule a lesson. They can just drop in the day we have the lesson."

Carlisi: "You can come in, register and begin that evening. The registration process is quick and easy."

Hardy: "Usually the person gives me a call and we set up an orientation class. They just need to call and let me know when they want to get started."

How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?

Barbieri: "Our classes are very basic. We tell people that if they can walk, they can dance. We break it down and go very slow."

Carlisi: "We don't put pressure on our recreational students to be perfect dancers. We're more than willing to give extra help if they need it."

Hardy: "I specialize with beginner belly dancing. I work with people who have two left feet. I call them baby bellies."

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