Philadelphia dance instructors discuss dancing classes
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Who we talked to
Christy Kim, owner
Center City Dance
315 Walnut St.
Sharon Thomas, owner
Arthur Murray Dance Studio
913 Montgomery Ave.
Jaquetta Colson, owner
Living Arts Dance & Fitness Studios
2247 N. Broad St.
Christy Kim: "We offer all styles of dance, including salsa and ballroom, and we teach a lot of wedding dances."
Sharon Thomas: "We teach all of the ballroom dances."
Jaquetta Colson: "For adults, we offer a variety of dancing, such as ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Christy Kim: "We get a lot of couples who want to try something new together. Some people use dancing as a weight-loss program."
Sharon Thomas: "They want to learn how to dance for a wedding or for exercise and stress relief. They learn so they'll never have to say 'no' to a dance invitation."
Jaquetta Colson: "The main reason people take lessons is to get in shape - especially for women. It's great for burning calories and toning those hard-to-tone areas of our bodies."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Christy Kim: "Our private lessons are $60 for 50 minutes."
Sharon Thomas: "We offer a variety of options for all income levels."
Jaquetta Colson: "It's $8 to $12 an hour per class."
Do you offer any types of packages? If so, can you give me a few examples and the price?
Christy Kim: "Our package deals are five lessons for $250 or 10 lessons for $450."
Sharon Thomas: "We offer packages that break down to around $40 per lesson."
Jaquetta Colson: "We have a special where you can bring someone with you for $8."
How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you? Do they need to practice outside of class?
Christy Kim: "Most of our clients come in twice a week. But honestly, not that many people can dedicate that amount of time. Yes, I definitely recommend practicing outside of class."
Sharon Thomas: "I recommend taking a class once a week or a couple of times if you can. The more you dance the better you'll become. But most people don't have the space to practice in their home."
Jaquetta Colson: "For a beginner, I recommend taking a class at least once a week. Most people will end up practicing outside of class on their own."
What's your busiest time of year?
Christy Kim: "In the spring. Everyone has cabin fever and wants to get out of the house!"
Sharon Thomas: "We're busy year-round. We get a rush after the holidays thanks to gift certificates."
Jaquetta Colson: "Our busiest time is right after the first of the year."
How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?
Christy Kim: "About 75 percent of our clients say they have two left feet. But we manage to get them all dancing."
Sharon Thomas: "I don't think there's anybody who can't learn how to do a basic waltz. There hasn't been anyone we haven't been able to help."
Jaquetta Colson: "Give me an hour, and if you still say you're 'challenged,' I'll believe you."