Tucson area dance instructors talk about dance lessons
Who we talked to
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Tammy Rosen: "Modern, tap, jazz, ballet, theater dance, hip-hop, belly dance and Pilates."
Amanda Skaff: "Waltz, tango, foxtrot, swing, rumba, cha-cha, country western dancing, samba, salsa, merengue and the Viennese waltz."
Deborah Frechette: They include ballroom, Latin, country and swing - basically all the major partnership dances."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Tammy Rosen: "Definitely for physical activity. People get bored with regular exercise and dance keeps them totally engaged."
Amanda Skaff: "For exercise, to meet new people, to distress from work, or to prepare for an event, like a wedding or birthday party."
Deborah Frechette: "Many students come here to relax, make friends, lose weight, keep their senses sharp, or to improve confidence."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Tammy Rosen: "I do it by the class - we're a little unusual that way. It's more flexible. It costs just $12 for a drop-in class. We offer a Class Pass that's 10 sessions for $76."
Amanda Skaff: "We offer an introductory special - $15 for more than $120 worth of instruction. After that, it's per session, but they can purchase a package."
Deborah Frechette: "Our focus is on private sessions. We sell the lessons in packages designed for each particular student. Our units range from approximately $65 to $80 per four-hour session."
How many instructors teach in your studio?
Tammy Rosen: "Six to eight."
Amanda Skaff: "Twelve."
Deborah Frechette: "We have 22 teachers at this time, with three more in training."
Have shows like "Dancing With the Stars" helped your business?
Tammy Rosen: "They definitely have. It's helped get more men involved in dancing."
Amanda Skaff: "A lot of people come in here because they've watched it and found it entertaining."
Deborah Frechette: "I'm sure it's helped us, especially with the stars' comments about how much they are enjoying it and how they're accomplishing so much so quickly."