Orlando dance instructors discuss the lessons they offer
Who we talked to
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."