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, we will meet at BallroomUtah in South Salt Lake City. If you are booking a group lesson, we will meet at Millenium Dance Complex in Trolley Square. If you are booking me for an event, I will come to you.

When are you available for lessons? 

My schedule changes from week to week, but 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.

Do you offer any packages?

No. One of my primary goals is to raise money for charity, so I don't offer a discounted rate for buying in bulk. However, when compared to surrounding studios and instructors in the area, my private lesson fee is already competitive! Also, by paying for lessons as you go, you won't be locked into paying for a package of lessons you might not need.

How long is a private lesson? 

60 Minutes

What types of payment do you accept? 

I prefer cash, check, Zelle, or venmo. If you need to pay with credit, I accept paypal.

How many lessons will it take to prepare for our wedding? 

It depends on your goals. The majority of couples are looking to learn just enough to feel comfortable, or basic steps that are easy to learn plus an entrance and ending. In which case, 5 lessons are usually perfect. There are also those who don’t have a lot of time, in which case 1-3. For those out there who want to look amazing, by including choreography, unique music, or tricks and technique, I recommend at least 9. 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.

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! Picture yourself doing any of the following dances; waltz, cha cha, fox trot, salsa, tango, swing, hip hop, Viennese waltz, rumba, two step, country, samba, and whatever else your imagination 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 and/or package include my fiance? 

Yes! The prices includes instruction for two people.

We prefer to not share the floor with other students/instructors/classes. Is it possible to have a private room?

Yes! With an additional fee, I can reserve a private dance room for you and/or your partner. This means that you won’t be distracted by other dancers moving around you, you won’t have to share the soundsystem (which means you won’t be distracted by other dance music), and you can use the entire floor. Subject to studio availability. Private dance rooms available at Millennium Dance Complex located in Trolley Square.

More Questions? 

No problem! You can contact me by phone, text, e-mail, or send a message through the contact page.

(801) 448-6634

Farrah Valdez Dance

Salt Lake City, Utah

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