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What do you wear to swing dance lessons?

Swing dance is an increasingly popular style of ballroom dance with a dress code that reflects its roots in the 1920s-1940s jazz era. Although many studios don’t require historically accurate costumes for their private dance lessons, many dancers want to dress the part. You can wear clothes that are comfortable to move — and sweat — in, such as T-shirts and loose skirts or khakis. Or for an appropriately vintage look, women often wear shirt dresses with a knee-length A-line or circle skirt that allows for plenty of swishy movement. Men usually opt for a button-down shirt and trousers. The most important part of a swing dance outfit is the shoes. Both men and women can opt for simple sneakers, like Keds, or leather dance shoes, such as saddle shoes. Until you have several dance lessons under your belt, stay away from heels.

How much do dance lessons cost?

Adults who want to learn to dance, whether to prepare for a wedding or to meet new people, often enjoy taking dance lessons from an experienced dance instructor. Instructors may offer classes one-on-one to individual students or couples, or to small groups. The national average cost for a dance instructor ranges from $30 to $50. Some studios offer a discounted introductory lessons or group lessons, as well as package deals that are more affordable than paying for individual lessons. Some dance instructors will travel to the student’s home, which usually costs more, while others hold small-group sessions in their studios. If you choose a small-group class, expect to pay less than for individual dance lessons.

Reviews for Ocean Beach dance instructors
Ali G.
Jasmine is wonderful! She turned our awkward dancing into a truely enjoyable dancing lesson!
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Kathy G.
I had a wonderful dance lesson with Erin. I am a very confident person except when asked to dance- it is anxiety producing. I came away with two dances and am really looking forward to my next lesson. Erin has a wonderful way of making you feel confident.
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Nick M.
Had an amazing experience with Marge working on our first dance for our wedding. We had four lessons at her house. From lesson one she helped put my now husband at ease as he learned how to foxtrot. Our wedding dance was a hit and the lessons were great!
Fascinating Rhythm Dance SchoolFascinating Rhythm Dance School
Sarah S.
We had Emily help us with our wedding dance. We took four hours of dance lessons. She taught us the nightclub two step and choreographed a start and end to our dance. I'd highly recommend Emily to any other couples. We had a lot of fun and felt very prepared and excited by the end of our lessons!
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Cecelia H.
Emily is the best! My husband and I met with her for three lessons. She worked with our schedules and got us on her books quickly. We had a great time learning new dance moves and coming up with a unique dance for our first dance. We left each lesson feeling happier, more confident, and more connected to each other.
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Zachary D.
My fiance and I signed up for dance lessons with Erin and we couldn't be happier. I started out with zero background in dance and after only a couple lessons my fiance and I have our first dance choreographed. I'm actually excited to dance at my wedding which is saying a lot. Erin is very friendly and makes you feel comfortable right away. I would highly recommend her!
Erin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding DancesErin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding Dances
Siggi H.
Erin gave us dance lessons for our wedding first dance. Even at the last minute, Erin was easy to communicate and schedule with. She managed our time efficiently and clarified anything she felt was unclear during the dance lessons. Erin had a great, friendly, upbeat attitude from beginning to end and made us feel comfortable quickly. Highly recommend!
Erin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding DancesErin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding Dances
Maricar B.
A lesson with Jessica was everything I expected and more. I wanted to surprise my fiance with a dance lesson and let Jessica know I DO NOT DANCE lol. My partner is always asking me to dance and it’s embarrassing that I don’t know what I’m doing.. But Jessica made our 6 year anniversary so special! For the first time, we experienced connecting in ways we never have before but always wanted to. I got on a call with Jessica to plan the logistics and she was so accommodating. I’ve always been scared to take dance lessons because we are two queer people and I was never sure if we would be comfortable. But Jessica was so genuine, comfortable and even shared info on queer dance groups here in SF. I’ll be going back for lessons when our wedding comes around🤗
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CP L.
Erin is passionate about dance and this translates immediately into positive energy during classes. Add patience, interest in social dancing and a very solid foundations provided by formal ballet education and you have all ingredients for a great dancing lessons & experience! 5 stars!
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Dennis S.
Erin is a fabulous dance instructor! She helped me learn a lot of basic partner dance moves for some weddings I had this month. They went really well, and I plan to continue taking lessons!
Erin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding DancesErin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding Dances
Matthew I.
Erin way exceeded our expectations for a Wedding Dance instructor. Scheduling was easy, the lessons were relaxed but focused, and she tailored our dance instruction and routine to our novice skill level. I would unconditionally recommend Erin if you're looking for a wedding dance instructor!
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Julie S.
Jessica is fun, inventive, intuitive, playful, and dedicated. We had a wonderful time learning to dance with her. We felt much more confident during our first dance after 2 lessons. Thanks Jessica!
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Tish P.
I am doing a package of 10 lessons with Hebert in preparation for my son’s wedding. He is the best, a gifted teacher and passionate about his students and dance. After six lessons I went out to a bachata night and was able to social dance thanks to the great instruction I am getting. I am really enjoying this and plan to continue.
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Amy K.
Erin is an incredible dance teacher. She was very warm and patient with me and my fiancé, especially considering we were both very new to dance. She choreographed a dance for us which was the perfect balance between “easy to learn” and “exciting to watch”. And she made the whole process very fun for us! I highly recommend Erin to any couple looking for wedding dance lessons!
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Layla S.
We have had so much fun working with Emily! We look forward to her dance lessons, and it feels like a date night for us!
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Julie B.
She's an experienced teacher--warm, friendly and unintimidating. (Did I mention that she cracks jokes? It takes the edge off, which is a godsend for a nervous beginner like me.) She helped me work out dance moves for my wedding. Now I'm taking personal rumba lessons. I also enjoy Metronome, the dance studio where she teaches, which is in an old, Italian social club in Potrero. I recommend Emily for anyone who wants to take dance lessons, from salsa to ballroom.
Emily Coles Dance SFEmily Coles Dance SF
Tara A.
My husband and I booked Emily to help us with a choreographed first dance for our wedding. We treated our private lessons as date nights and had SO MUCH fun! Walking into our first lesson, Emily immediately made us feel extremely comfortable. She is amazing at teaching dance: professional, while also being super friendly and personable. We both have two left feet, so we were honestly shocked at how excited (and not nervous) we were to perform our first dance in front of our friends and family. We ended up doing 5 lessons (1 hr each) and were able to get our 3 minute dance down pat! On the wedding day, so many of our guests loved our first dance! We will remember it forever. :) Thank you so much Emily!!!
Emily Coles Dance SFEmily Coles Dance SF
John S.
My (now-) wife and I were anxious about the first dance at our upcoming wedding, so we sought out dance classes. Marge was able to book us for a couple lessons promptly. Beyond expectations, when we arrived, Marge had already prepared a choreography based on a youtube video we sent her. During the lessons, she put us at ease and helped us learn a challenging but realistic routine. A few days later, we had the wedding, and the dance went great. Thanks Marge!
Fascinating Rhythm Dance SchoolFascinating Rhythm Dance School
John S.
Jessica takes a custom approach to dance lessons where she assessed your skills first. That method means you learn based on your own strengths and weaknesses.
Jessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising RhythmJessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm
Julia C.
Erin was phenomenal! We had 2 sessions with her to help prepare for the first dance for our wedding. She's a great teacher and we hope to return for more lessons in the future.
Erin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding DancesErin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding Dances
Gulmohar C.
We worked with Tais for our wedding first dance, father-daughter dance, and mother-son dance. She is so professional, punctual, responsive, and a good listener as we were first-time dancers. She taught us all good moves and made us comfortable with all dances. We did well on our wedding day, and all credits go to Tais for her attention on the small stuff and working on our moves. Thank you to her, and I would suggest if someone wants to hire her or work with her for a dance lesson. I would say it is worth it.
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Olivier C.
Jessica is an excellent dancing tutor, I have a lot of fun with her tutoring session. She has taught me the moving techniques and basic dancing skills. I really enjoy to work with her, I can't wait to start another dancing tutoring sessions with her again. Awesome experience and she will teach you alot if you continue to take lessons with her. You are just great teacher, Jessica!
Jessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising RhythmJessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm
Anahi R.
We loved Erin! Her personality is great and she is a wonderful dance instructor. She was our cheerleader, encouraging us and making us feel good about our dance and everything else. We combined three different styles into one song and pulled it off with her help. We enjoyed our time so much, we want to continue some dance lessons in the future. Thank you Erin.
Erin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding DancesErin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding Dances
Samir R.
We booked Nisha for a couple months worth of lessons for a surprise first dance and Bollywood remix for our wedding reception. I cannot overstate how gamechanging her classes were, not just for our wedding but for our future. I was previously the person who never participated in any kind of dance, even garba! Now I am looking up dance studios and think this is going to be a part of how we participate in future activities together. Nisha is an incredible teacher - she is patient and kind and easy to work with. But she's also demanding in the right ways and pushed us to go beyond our comfort zone to dance on another level. She taught us a traditional western style first dance segment and combined it with Bollywood fusion for our second and third segments. She even mixed the song for us in a way that impressed our DJ! Our family and friends were completely blown away by our dance routine - couldn't have asked for a better result! Seriously, these are the best dance lessons you can find - Nisha is awesome!
Naach by Nisha - Bollywood / Indian DanceNaach by Nisha - Bollywood / Indian Dance
Duncan M.
Over the course of four lessons, Emily struck a great balance between teaching my fiancee and I some moves for our wedding first dance and practice / feedback. She's very easy to feel comfortable around, and did a great job of boosting our confidence. We get married in a week and can't wait for the dance!
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