FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where are you located?
I teach all of my lessons at the dance studio BallroomUtah in South Salt Lake City; 3030 S Main St. I do not own the studio, but I rent space there as an independent instructor.
What is your availability for lessons?
I teach one day a week between the hours of 3pm and 9pm, Monday through Friday. I do not work Saturdays or Sundays.
How many lessons will it take to prepare for our first dance?
It depends on: 1. your goals, 2. your natural ability, 3. how often you practice, and 4. the length of your song. In some cases, 2-3 lessons are perfect, and in others, a couple ends up doing 5. When a couple books more than five, one of the following situations applied: their dance was longer than 4 minutes, they had more than one song, they learned different dance styles, they had choreography, they wanted to learn technique, or they wanted a lot of tricks.
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, and the possibility of adding more lessons if you decide you want them. The more times I see you, the more awesome your dance will be. If you don't know what your goals are yet, that's ok! I don't sell lessons in packages, so you aren't locked into a certain amount of lessons. You book lessons until you are satisfied, and that's it!
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, but not earlier than 6 months. With bridal showers, bachelor parties, family coming into town, work, illness, and just basically life, it is best to have adequate time before the wedding in the event a lesson needs to be cancelled. You don’t’ want to feel rushed, because odds are you won’t be ready, and it might stress you out.
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 kind of shoes should I wear during the lesson?
Anything but flip fops. Anything with a suede or leather sole such as a dress shoe will work just fine. I highly recommend that you wear your wedding shoes on the last two lessons. It will allow you to break in the shoes and get used to dancing in them.
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.
What types of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check, and Venmo. I do not accept credit or debit cards.
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 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!
How long is a private lesson?
What is your cancellation/re-scheduling policy?
I ask that you give me a 24 hour notice if you can no longer make your appointment, otherwise there will be a $15 charge for same day cancellations, or no-show appointments.
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes! I offer them before/after a lesson I have booked at the studio. 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.
No problem! You can contact me by phone, text, e-mail, or send a message through the contact page.