Providence dance instructors discuss getting the right steps
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Who we talked to
Theresa Landry, owner
Theresa Landry's School of Dancing
100 Dexter St.
Katie Caramiciu, instructor
Cheryl's School of Dance
1530 Mineral Spring Ave.
Elaine Colaneri, owner
Modern Jazz Dance Co.
208 King Philip St.
Theresa Landry: "For adults, we offer ballet and tap classes."
Katie Caramiciu: "Tap or jazz classes are available."
Elaine Colaneri: "We offer tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop."
What's your favorite dance and why?
Theresa Landry: "My favorite dance has always been tap. I just love that style of dancing."
Katie Caramiciu: "Lyrical contemporary is my favorite. It gives you the most range to express yourself."
Elaine Colaneri: "My strongest love is for tap dancing. It's been my favorite since I was a child."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Theresa Landry: "A private one-hour lesson is $35. A half hour is $18. Or you can join a class for $10."
Katie Caramiciu"For $48 a month, you can take one weekly class."
Elaine Colaneri: "The average cost for one hour is $14."
Do you offer any types of packages? If so, can you give me a few examples and the price?
Theresa Landry: "No, I don't because I feel that my prices are very competitive."
Katie Caramiciu"Just the monthly deal."
Elaine Colaneri: "I offer a package of four classes for $52."
How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you? Do they need to practice outside of class?
Theresa Landry: "Some people take three classes a week, but you don't need to take that many. Should you practice? Oh my gosh, yes!"
Katie Caramiciu: "It depends on what they want. If it's just for fun, then once a week. I won't steer you away from practicing outside of class, but a lot of times, you need the instructors so you don't hurt yourself."
Elaine Colaneri: "When you deal with adults, you have to work around their schedules. I recommend starting off taking one lesson a week. I find the best place to practice tap is in the grocery store. That way you won't damage your hardwoods."
What's your busiest time of year?
Theresa Landry: "Starting right after Christmas until June."
Katie Caramiciu: "We don't really have a 'busier' time of year. September usually starts off pretty well."
Elaine Colaneri: "September starts off big, then also after the first of the year."
How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?
Theresa Landry: "If they're a slow learner, I'll be a slow teacher. But no one has ever been a problem before."
Katie Caramiciu: "Normally, it's not about the steps, it's about how you feel doing them. It's an art. Having fun is the most important thing."
Elaine Colaneri: "How do they know they can't dance? I think they need to try it first. There's no ending to dance. You can dance forever."