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Oakland Private Dance Lessons

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Dance With Carolyn
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Sean K.
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These two wonderful people is like being taught to dance by your best friend. They both have the ability like any good coach to watch what you're doing and correct your style in a way that's relaxed and fun. They both have group classes that are spectacular. The day after you go to one of their classes you can definitely feel the difference in your dance right away. It's like they've given you something that cannot be taken away. You own it now and you can use it every time you're on the dance floor. I've taken lessons from many dance instructors in the Bay Area but both of these great instructors have unique ability to convey complicated styling and dance patterns in a relaxed and fun way. Basically you leave their class sweaty and tired but invigorated.

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Erin Parsley Dance
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Carissa K.
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I had my first contemporary dance private lesson with Erin this weekend and she was incredible. She listened to my needs, took my lack of formal dance training to heart, and started with the fundamentals that I needed to jump in further. She was incredibly hands on with fixing my form -- I've never had a teacher do this before and it was very eye opening to finally understand the concepts every other teacher had tried to previously explain. Erin also has an impressive formal dance and teaching background and it is immediately obvious that she is one of the gems here. I feel so fortunate to have found her. She has a beautiful space in San Francisco that she teaches out of and has excellent communication. After finishing my lesson, I knew I wanted to continue seeing her and bought her 5 lesson package. I cannot recommend her highly enough and encourage others of all dance backgrounds and levels to sign up with Erin.

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Latin Connection Dance
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Lawrence D.
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My church wanted to do a program of three Latin Dance lessons over the course of a month. We looked for somebody to do this and we found the most marvelous teacher --- Ruth Caspary of Latin Connection Dance. First of all, she was really professional and easy to plan with. And she had good suggestions for the planning. We were able to fit in bachata, salsa, and American tango. Super! Second, she came on site (we have a great space with a wooden floor) with her equipment and music and was ready to teach. Third, she is a super teacher. She accounted for each person's abilities and was energetic and generous with her time. We all learned a lot and had great fun, too. Last, but not least, she is social and friendly, a good conversationalist as well as a great teacher. There's no question who we'd go to in the future.

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Stiehler Dance
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Carol K.
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Bertus is very professional, very up front about costs, and a very encouaging dance teacher. We have booked 5 more lessons so that we will be able to dance at an upcoming wedding.

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  • 41 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Lars H.
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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.

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Daniel Lee Tran Dancesport
5.0
from 74 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
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Yixuan L.
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Dan reached out to me and offered wedding dance private lessons. He had a very thoughtful list of questions asking beforehand in better preparing himself for the first lesson (which is awesomely free!!). I decided on him since he left me with great impression of customizing to my need & being extremely accommodating. I had fun taking lessons with him. Dan is very patient (and an amazing dancer) to students, and gives very clear instruction especially considering I am just a beginner. I feel comfortable having him as my teacher and will consider hiring him again for future ballroom private lessons! Highly recommended if you are looking for an instructor who can tailor to what you need & offer great instructions!

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Emily Coles Dance SF
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Stacy W.
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I know Emily from riding AIDS lifecycle with her a few years back. I reached out to her about 2 months prior to my wedding for First Dance lessons with my fiancé. We have weekly lessons at a studio space on Missouri street in SF. She is easy to work with and schedule lessons. Her prices are very reasonable and she even donates $10 of every lesson to a charity close to her that you pick! (we chose ALC) Emily is great. She is very knowledgeable and very aware of teaching same-sex partner dancing. I knew she would be a valuable instructor for that reason and refused to go to a stock dance studio. We have choreographed an entire song, and every week we get better and better. The hour spent with Emily is full of smiles, laughter and overall great time. My partner and I look forward to dance lessons every week! She is a joy to be around and very helpful. I highly recommend Emily to anyone looking for dance lessons! (We even drive up from Palo Alto to see her!)

  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Lina G.
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Excellent instructor who really went the extra mile to teach salsa to novice dancers at our Cinco de Mayo party.

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Sharda Dance Academy
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Henna P.
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We took dance lessons from Alpa for our first dance at our wedding reception. She choreographed the whole thing and even asked us for our input and offered to let us change things based on comfort and preference. She did a great job though and me being the control freak that I am, I'm surprised that I didn't have a single change request! Let me stress that neither one of us are dancers and I was very worried about doing the dance in front of so many of our friends and family. But Alpa was so patient with us and made us feel so comfortable. We feel like we've known her for years yet we just met her a couple weeks ago! We learned the dance in two lessons and we will be back for our final lesson next week just to practice in front of her with my 25 lb lehenga and heels. If you need dance lessons of any kind, she is your girl! Thank you, Alpa! We are so thrilled that you will be a part of our big day in such a big way.

  • 8 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Matt T.
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"First Dance" lessons with choreography assistance less than 2 weeks out from our wedding. We started out with 2 and extended it to 3 lessons. Joseph was really helpful instructing the two of us that have no background in dancing. In 1 hour we had the basis for a first dance at our wedding. In 2 hours he got us better at that and added flourishes. In 3 hours he worked on the entire production. He knows what he's doing and has fun doing it.

Skimelis Dance academy
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Myda B.
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Professional and great dance instructors. They provide excellent dance lessons and easy to learn.

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DinaDance
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah R.
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We just finished our first dance lesson and we are so excited with the simple yet beautiful moves we were taught. She took time to explain clearly and demonstrate everything. We have a couple of more lessons scheduled and are looking forward to them!

Desiree May Productions
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany H.
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My daughter was in the 8th grade wanting to try out for the high school cheerleading team. My daughter had no Dance Experience whatsoever, but she had a passion for wanting to learn to dance. She was very shy and didn't have a lot of self-confidence. She was too shy to be in a group dance class with other girls. We found Desiree and told her our goal was to get my daughter ready to try out for the high school cheerleading team which should be sometime in the summer. Upon first meeting Desiree me and my daughter were truly impressed with how passionate she was about dancing and teaching it to others. But it wasn't only just about dance it was giving girls the confidence to be comfortable with who they are. My daughter only had three weeks with Desiree before we found out that her cheerleading tryouts were actually that weekend. My daughter was supposed to try out with two of her friends but they bailed on her. My daughter said that doesn't matter I'm not going to let it stop me from trying out. My daughter went to the high school not knowing anybody in the tryouts. She told me "if it hadn't been for Desiree I would have never tried out by myself". But because of just those three short weeks 2 times a week Desiree gave my daughter the confidence and felt comfortable enough with the skills that she learned in such a short time to try out. Needless to say my daughter made the JV cheerleading team for San Mateo High School for 9th grade. Seeing the confidence and the skills that Desiree had taught my daughter is priceless to me . I definitely recommend Desiree to anybody looking for a dance instructor or private lessons for dance. If I could I'd give her 10 Stars. ~~Thank you for everything Desiree~~ Tiffany & Alexia

Dance with Diana
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Matt H.
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Diana has been absolutely fantastic helping teach my wife and I salsa. I leave every class feeling more confident, and she makes the entire lesson very fun!

Sierra Joy Varela
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
YA P.
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She has a wonderful personality that lights up the party. Everyone can teach Salsa or any dance , but this girl made our party roaringly successful. She was punctual & very responsive Too!!! All my guest love her!!

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