Washington, D.C., dance instructors discuss the lessons they offer
What styles of dancing do you teach?
Doug Yeuell: "Ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, jazz, belly dance, flamenco and all styles of ballroom dance."
Schain Lolachy: "We teach the American style of the foxtrot, waltz, rumba, cha-cha, swing, tango, samba, merenegue, mambo, polka, salsa and disco."
Terry Chasteen: "Every style of dance known to man. We teach all of the social and partnership dances."
Who we talked to
Doug Yeuell, executive director
Joy of Motion Dance Studio
Terry Chasteen, social calendar manager
Chevy Chase Ballroom and Dancesport Center
What is your experience in this industry?
Yeuell: "Close to 25 years."
Lolachy: "I have been teaching and dancing for 35 years."
Chasteen: "I started teaching in 1974 and have been teaching and dancing ever since."
Besides learning how to dance, what are some other reasons people take lessons?
Yeuell: "For physical exercise. It's a means of creative expression, and it's also fun."
Lolachy: "For special occasions like weddings or company parties, to spice up a marriage or just getting back into life."
Chasteen: "It's a good social outlet. It's great exercise, and it keeps you sharp as far as coordination."
How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?
Yeuell: "Classes can be anywhere from an hour to two hours long and range from $15 to $17. People can also purchase packages of 10 lessons for $140, 20 lessons for $260 or 30 lessons for $360."
Lolachy: "The smallest program is $255. That includes three one-hour private lessons, three one-hour group classes and three two -hour practice parties."
Chasteen: "We have classes that are drop-in costing $12 to $15 per hour depending on the class. Private coaching is by appointment from $65 to $85 an hour depending on the type of dance."
How often do you recommend your clients take a class with you? Do they need to practice outside of class?
Yeuell: "I recommend a minimum of two classes a week. In general, we recommend practice."
Lolachy: "At least once a week. I recommend at least 20 minutes of practice a day."
Chasteen: "I think you have to take dance at least once a week. They should practice outside of class."
How far in advance does someone need to schedule lessons with you before they can start?
Yeuell: "There's no advance notice. We have drop-in classes."
Lolachy: "A week."
Chasteen: "Classes are drop in, but for private coaching it's good to schedule a day or so in advance."