Fascinating Rhythm Dance School

San Francisco, CA

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How does your business stand out?

Fascinating Rhythm Dance School was founded in 1977 and offers private lessons in all the Ballroom and Latin dances. I have devolved my own unique method of teaching developed from over 20 years of experience. I emphasize style and technique and having fun! The most popular dances now are Salsa and Swing, but Tango and Foxtrot are close behind. But we teach Waltz, Cha cha, Hustle, Rumba, Merengue, Country Western, and more. We also specialize in choreography for the most important "first dance" at your wedding. For weddings, choreography is an additional one time fee of $25 extra. Our lessons are a full sixty minute hour and are totally private!! A package of four hours is only $180, same price for 1 or 2 people. From the moment you step onto the dance floor you will move with poise, confidence, and a smile. If getting married, we promise to make your first dance memorable, even if you have two left feet!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

It is the most rewarding experience for me to see people's lives change through learning how to dance. The shy, introverted come out of their shell and the outgoing have an outlet to express themselves. Self esteem rises, posture improves, and over all health is affected positively. This is very satisfying to see and their happiness is contagious.
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San Francisco, CA 94112

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15 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Sep 13, 2017
  • Thumbtack Customer Sep 4, 2017
    Marge was very sweet. She helped choreograph a few moves for our first dance at our wedding. We had to push her to stay on track since our budget only allowed for us to take 4 lessons.
  • Lars H. Jul 13, 2017
    Wedding Dance Lessons
    Verified Review
    Marge was a great instructor. I had no idea about any sort of dance, which wasn't a problem for marge. She was great at showing us how to do any dance we wanted, starting from the very basics to the more advanced steps. Her home studio is very clean, easy to practice in, and has great acoustics/lighting. I would highly recommend marge and fascinating dance school for any of your dance needs.
  • Sayuri K. Jun 29, 2017
    Ballroom Dance Lessons
    Verified Review
    Marge is fantastic! We always have a fun time in class with her and we've learned so much over the past few months. We are looking forward to making this a longer term hobby.
  • Neil L. Jun 18, 2017
    Wedding Dance Lessons
    Verified Review
    Marge is a wonderful teacher and amazing person! We've had so much fun learning the foxtrot for our first wedding dance
  • Anna S. May 14, 2017
    Wedding Dance Lessons
    Verified Review
    Marge choreographed a dance for our wedding and we learned it in four sessions! She is very sweet and made it simple for us! Thank you, Marge!
  • Rebecca K. May 12, 2017
    Wedding Dance Lessons
    Verified Review
    We had such a fun time with Marge! It was a great base for our upcoming wedding dance! We're looking forward to receiving a copy of our song from the band so that we can continue more date-night dance classes before the wedding :)
  • Tina D. Mar 6, 2017
    Ballroom Dance Lessons
    Verified Review Updated
    Great start for couple with NO dance experience!
    We just finished our first lesson, so will update this review as we do more, but wanted to give our initial thoughts. We really like Marge and her studio; we had so much fun. Update: we have been going to Marge for about 2 months now and are just loving it. We are so grateful for her patience and fun spirit. Our dance lesson has become an important part of our Friday night date routine. We love Marge!
    Marge G. Mar 6, 2017

    I look forward to Friday nights too! I have so much fun teaching you both! I see your progress every week, your smiles and hugs, and I end the lesson feeling so happy... Love you too!

  • Verified Review Original
    Great start for couple with NO dance experience!
    We just finished our first lesson, so will update this review as we do more, but wanted to give our initial thoughts. We really like Marge and her studio; we had so much fun.
  • Nina G. Mar 3, 2017
    Private Salsa Dance Lessons (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Lessons are structured well and you learn a lot
    I had 4 Salsa lessons with Marge so far. This is not my first time dancing Salsa, which makes things progress quickly. She has a great way of explaining steps and rhythm, so that it is easy for me to follow and remember. Also, she is very friendly and goes the extra mile to help and advise me. I look forward to more lessons with her!
    Marge G. Mar 4, 2017

    Hi Nina, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a nice review. It goes both ways. Teaching you is a pleasure for me. It's not so much work, but fun too. I can see you are pleased and I really like that you ask questions. See you soon! Marge

  • Sunny H. Jan 26, 2017
    Private Salsa Dance Lessons (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Fantastic instruction
    Marge is a patient and highly adaptive instructor who take your learning goals seriously and customizes the curriculum around it. I've been taking lessons with her for a couple months now and plan on continuing for a long time
    Marge G. Mar 5, 2017

    Hi Sunny, Thank you for the nice review! I have enjoyed teaching you from day one. You have a passion to learn and it shows in your speedy progress. It would be a pleasure to teach you as long as there are dances to learn. You make my job easy and fun...

  • Willie A. Sep 28, 2016
    Ballroom Dance Lessons
    Verified Review
    Wonderful Dance Coach
    We have learned so much from our first two sessions with Marge. We left each session with a little more confidence in our dance routines and the feeling that we made the right selection of Marge as our dance coach and savior. We look to working with her to improve our techniques and ability to dance comfortably. She is wonderful.
    Marge G. Oct 4, 2016

    Thank you so much for the kind review. It has been a pleasure to work with you both and fun too!

  • Sujata R. Aug 30, 2016
    Wedding Dance Lessons
    Verified Review
    Marge is a lovely person to talk with and will support you in learning to dance. She has tons of experience and knows many kinds of dance. She will teach you what you want to learn and is wonderfully receptive and sensitive to your opinion and what exactly you want to learn or prefer. Especially for beginners, I would definitely chose her. And there was a little bit of inconsistency between prices on her website/thumbtack/in person, but was still a great price!
    Marge G. Aug 31, 2016

    Thank you so much for the review, Sujata. I just know that your Tango dance routine will "wow" your friends and family. It was a pleasure to work with both of you and to meet your beautiful family! Wishing you all the best of love and happiness in your new life together. Your teacher, Marge

  • Asil N. Aug 29, 2016
    Private Salsa Dance Lessons (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Marge is amazing! She knows what she's doing and what you need to focus on once she sees you dancing. She has lots of experience under her belt. She knows more than 15 different dances and loves to dance and have a great time. From just 2 salsa lessons I'm loving it!
    Marge G. Aug 29, 2016

    Thank you so much, Asil. You are such a pleasure to work with. Your review is greatly appreciated! See you tonight for more Salsa and other dances too. Marge

  • Suzanne M. Aug 29, 2016
    Private Dance Lessons (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Marge was aware of our goals before we met. She advised us on how to proceed, gave us a historical perspective of the Victorian waltz, and chose appropriate music. Her studio was homey. Her instructions were clear and supportive. We had a fun first visit and went home with our practice plan. Good job, Marge.
    Marge G. Aug 29, 2016

    Thank you so much, Suzanne! I so appreciate it. I hope you are practicing and getting ready for your dancing debut. Again thank you Marge

  • William L. Jul 25, 2016
    Ballroom Dance Lessons
    Verified Review
    Marge is a wonderful dance instructor. My girlfriend and I have been taking lessons for a few weeks and we're having so much fun. We learn a lot in each one hour session in addition to reviewing what we learned in previous sessions. Marge is encouraging and supportive. I really look forward to our sessions and am feeling way more confident in my dancing!
    Marge G. Jul 26, 2016

    Hi William, Thanks so much for the review!! Marge


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I compare my prices with all the dance schools in my area of the San Francisco Bay Area. I work out of my home, so I can offer a much better price, because I have no overhead. I don't need to add on $15 to pay for the rental of an off site dance studio, and I have no expenses for travel time.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When meeting a new dance student I like to sit down with them to relax, and talk a little at first to get to know something about them, their history of dancing, if any, in their past, their reasons for taking a dance class ( a wedding or special event, hobby, exercise, just for fun) their goals and desires. I ask them what kind of music or dance style they are most interested in, since I teach many different Ballroom and Latin dances. I also tell them about myself and my history of teaching and dance experiences. This is a good way to break the ice. I have music playing in the background to create an ambiance of comfort and relaxation.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I started dance lessons at age 4 in ballet, tap, and acrobatics. My mom was a profession dancer. Dance has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I drifted away from dance in my early teen years, but found my way back learning "partner" dancing...all the Ballroom dances, such as Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, and so much more. It is SO much fun!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started dance lessons at age four and enjoyed it so much I continued taking lessons into adult hood. I later discovered that I had a gift to teach and communicate what I loved to make other people happy as well as myself. It is a continual feeling I have of satisfaction and a sense of completion when I see a student leave my dance studio with a smile and inner confidence to get out on the dance floor.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with a cross section of all the wonderful kinds of people in this universe. The rich, the poor, the in-between, and the famous (the late Robin Williams). The simple and the complicated. The shy and the extroverted. The talented, and those with ambitions to be the best. And that's why I love my job. It's always challenging and never boring. And I am always learning something new from my students.