Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance can I cancel my lessons?
There is a 24-hour cancellation policy for all Private Lessons whether you have a Standing Lesson or not. If it becomes necessary to change or cancel your appointment, we must hear from you at least 24 hours before that lesson in order to avoid charging you for that lesson. If you cancel on the day of your lesson; a lesson will be deducted from your Private Lesson Package. If you purchased a single Private Lesson and cancel the day of the booking; that lesson will be charged and you will have to pre-pay for a new lesson. This allows us to better serve all our students and offer more options for our waiting list.
Where do I park?
Our students have two options for parking. Students can park of Dragon/ Oak Lawn entrance. There is also the Oak Lawn entrance and once parked enter through the gate.
What is dance etiquette?
Etiquette is here to ensure everyone has a good time in a social dance setting, so pay attention to it! We want to make sure all our students have a great time at the studio!
- Your outfit and accessories should be comfortable, safe, and also reflect the culture and level of formality of the dance group. Most importantly, do not forget your dance shoes.
- We want to maintain our dance floor so please no tennis shoes or stilettos. We recommend dance shoes but you can also use shoes with leather or suede soles.
Dancing is an activity where two people come in close contact. Before a dance:
- Shower and use a deodorant,
- Brush teeth and use mouthwash or breath mint,
- Abstain from foods that produce strong odors, like those heavy in garlic
- The odor of cigarettes on one’s breath or clothing can be very unattractive.
- Ask everyone to dance. Do not monopolize one partner for the whole night.
- Today’s beginners will be the good dancers of tomorrow, so be nice to them and dance with them.
- Do not decline a dance unless you absolutely have to. Having declined a dance, you cannot dance the same song with someone else.
- Be considerate of other couples on the floor. Exercise good floor craft. Do not cut other couples off. No aerials or choreographed steps on the social dance floor!
- Stationary dancers (e.g. Swing dancers) stay in the middle, traveling dancers move on the boundary along the line of dance.
- Avoid patterns that your partner cannot do: dance to the level of your partner.
- Never blame your partner for missteps.
- No unsolicited teaching on the floor! ( Leave the teaching to the professionals)
- Smile, be warm, be personable and be friendly.
Do I need a partner?
NO! Singles can maximize more dance opportunities because they can meet new dance partners in group classes and private lessons will be geared to tailor the learning to one personality. We encourage our students to dance with different partners because it will improve leading following abilities and it’s a lot of fun!
What’s the difference between Private lessons and Group Classes?
Private lessons can be one of the best ways to learn to dance. Unlike a group class, a private lesson will provide the student quality undivided attention. Private lessons will give the student an opportunity to receive custom tailored instruction. The instructor will be able to adapt to the student’s learning style to teach accordingly and better guarantee progress. If a student learns by visual demonstrations the instructor will be able to show the steps side by side or in front of mirrors. A kinesthetic or auditory learner will have different and individualized approaches.
Another attractive aspect of private lessons is the flexibility of scheduling lessons to fit the student’s lifestyle. Being aware of stressors in the student’s day will help the instructor reroute instruction to provide a fun lesson while helping the student relax. Private lessons will usually be the most expensive way to make progress but the student will gain the most confidence on the dance floor.
Group classes will be less expensive and provide an outlet for socializing and learning many different patterns and dances. The classes are frequently taught by different instructors which give the students well rounded perspectives. If singles want to meet new people in a safe environment, group classes are the way to go. While group classes are a more inexpensive option, they can cause learning challenges. An instructor might teach to visual learners with a room full of kinesthetic learners may not help build confidence. The class might move to slow or too fast for the student or they might get paired with partner of a different experience level.
Students need to understand their learning style and if they thrive in classes or private lessons in order to get the most out their investment. Group classes and private lessons are both great forms of learning ballroom dancing but the goal is the find the best option for one’s learning style and budget.
What if I feel awkward?
The most important thing to remember is that everyone feels that way. Also, when you come in to our studio we will be there every step of the way. Keep in mind that everyone is a student at some level and way too consumed with their own dancing to judge you. At times you might feel awkward but remember it might not look as awkward as it feels. The most important element is that you are on the dance floor trying something and coming out the comfort zone.