Sacramento instructors talk about dance lessons
Who we talked to
Mike Del Campo, owner
Del Campo Dance Studio
2818 Marconi Ave.
Ruby Campbell, owner
Ballroom Dance Center
4532 Arden Way
Candice Szczepankowski, manager
Arthur Murray Dance Studio
4762-B Manzanita Ave.
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Del Campo: "Ballroom dances. We do all the partner dances like the waltz, fox-trot, salsa, cha-cha, and two-step."
Campbell: "We teach ballroom dances including Latin dances, quickstep, the Lindy Hop and swing."
Szczepankowski: "Partner and ballroom dances like the waltz, Latin dances such as the rumba and even country partner dances."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Del Campo: "To feel more graceful, learn a new social skill and gain self confidence."
Campbell: "It's a great way for newly divorced or widowed individuals to get back in circulation."
Szczepankowski: "It's a great way to lose weight. It's also a great way to meet other people."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Del Campo: "There are two ways. One is group sessions at $10 each and another is one-on-one sessions at $65 or $75 each, depending on the program. Each session is an hour."
Campbell: "It's by the hour. The cost runs between $45 and $60 an hour depending on the course. Courses are determined by an individual's needs and wants."
Szczepankowski: "We individualize programs for people. It's typically a 10-lesson package at $375. That's four private, three group and three private party lessons."
Have shows like "Dancing with the Stars" helped your business?
Del Campo: "Yes. Tremendously."
"Szczepankowski: Oh, yes. It's been great."
Besides teaching lessons, do you hold any types of dancing events at your studio?
Del Campo: "Currently, no."
Campbell: "We often throw themed parties."
Szczepankowski: "We offer four recitals a year."
What is your experience in this industry?
Del Campo: "I started in 1990."
Campbell: "35 years."
Szczepankowski: "Six years."
How many instructors teach in your studio?
Del Campo: "Five instructors."
Campbell: "Two instructors."
Szczepankowski: "10 instructors."
How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?
Del Campo: "We break down their weaknesses to the basic concepts and go from there."
Campbell: "It's not something I can tell you. It's something you'd have to see and experience."
Szczepankowski: "Through repetition and patience it becomes natural."