FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where are you located?
I am an independent instructor, which means I am not employed by a dance studio. When you book your lesson with me, I will make a reservation for a private dance room at BallroomUtah in South Salt Lake City, and we will meet there.
When are you available for lessons?
I teach between two and three days a week, and my schedule changes from week to week. Depending on the day, I can be available in the morning, afternoon, or evenings Monday through Friday. I am also available on Saturday mornings, and closed on Sundays.
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes! I offer them on Zoom, or before/after a lesson I have booked at the studio. Your preference! It will give you a chance to meet me face to face, ask your questions, and decide if I am the right teacher for you.
How long is a private lesson?
What types of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check, Zelle, or venmo.
How many lessons will it take to prepare for our wedding?
It depends on your goals, your natural ability, and how often you practice. Many couples are looking to learn enough to feel comfortable: beginner steps, an entrance and an ending. In that case, 5 lessons are usually perfect. There are also those who don’t have a lot of time, in which case we can do 1-3 where you will learn basics, and simple highlights. For those who want something more, your dance might include more than one song, more than one style of dance, choreography, unique music, technique, and tricks, I recommend at least 8. Tip: don’t sell yourself short and think in one lesson you will learn everything you need to know! Allow yourself enough time before the wedding to adequately prepare. Let me put it this way, the more times I get to see you, the more awesome your dance will be. If you don't know yet, that's ok! I don't sell lessons in packages, so you aren't locked into a certain amount of lessons. We do lessons until you are done, and that's it!
I'm not getting married, can I still hire you to teach me how to dance?
Yes! You don't have to be engaged or planning an event to hire me. I specialize in teaching beginners.
Do you offer any group classes for the public?
No, I only provide private lesson services, however if you have a group of friends and/or family who want to organize a group lesson together, we can do that! All participants can contribute to the cost, and I can schedule a private room for your lesson(s).
What styles of dance do you teach?
American style: waltz, fox trot, tango, Viennese waltz, cha cha, rumba, night club two step, country, swing, salsa, and bachata.
Do you offer your services for non-profit events?
Yes! I also don't charge any fees when my services are benefiting a good cause.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Dance lessons are the perfect gift for all gift giving occasions! Engagements, weddings, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, etc.
When should we start our wedding dance lessons?
It depends on your goals and availability, but overall I recommend starting your lessons at least 6-8 weeks before the wedding. My advice to everyone: the earlier the better. With wedding plans, bridal showers, bachelor parties, family coming into town, work, illness, and just basically life, it is best to have as much time as possible in the event a lesson needs to be cancelled. You don’t’ want to feel rushed one week before the wedding, because odds are you won’t be ready and it might stress you out. If starting early isn’t an option, not to worry! You can still have a crash course lesson of simple basics and tricks to get you through your dance.
What kind of shoes should I wear during the lesson?
Anything but flip fops or tennis shoes! A dance shoe is ideal, but anything with a suede or leather sole is the next best thing. A dress shoe will work just fine. I highly recommend wearing either the same shoe you plan on wearing for the event, or something like it. It will allow you to break in the shoes and get used to dancing in them.
What styles of dance would I be learning for my wedding?
Kick your worst fears to the curb! My goal is to make your first dance all about you. I will not impose upon you what style of dance I want you to do, or make you feel uncomfortable. My job is to present you with options and suggestions and guide you through the process so you have fun with the experience. That being said, we can almost do anything! Here are some dances I have taught for couples in the past; waltz, cha cha, fox trot, salsa, tango, swing, hip hop, Viennese waltz, rumba, two step, country, Bollywood and samba. However, that is not all! We can create whatever else our imaginations can come up with. I have experience in just about everything, so let’s get creative!
We don’t have a song yet, do you have any suggestions?
Yes! It is perfectly common these days to not have “a song” together. If you don’t already have one picked out, on or before our first lesson I will ask you questions about your relationship, get to know your personalities, and find out what you are drawn to or feel comfortable doing. From there I will make suggestions by showing you dance steps from different styles and/or send you a list of songs I think you might be interested in. Long story short, we will go through the process together and match you to the perfect song, thereby making your dance that much more spectacular! If you want to look at songs my past couples have selected check out my YouTube playlist by clicking HERE.
What should I wear to my dance lesson?
Any clothing that you feel comfortable dancing in. I’ve had people wear athletic wear, skirts, dresses, slacks, jeans, and just about anything. Just avoid anything that will get in the way of your dancing.
Does your pricing for a private lesson include my fiancé?
Yes! The prices includes instruction for two people.
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