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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 San Diego dance instructors
Pariza r.
This was my first couple dance lesson was perfect
Kimberly’s Wedding and Social dance instructionKimberly’s Wedding and Social dance instruction
Lisa Y.
We took a private dance lesson from Megan to prepare for our first dance at our wedding. She had already choreographed a dance for us before our lesson with such short notice! The dance was easy to pick up for beginners like us so we were able to replicate what we learned on our wedding day! It was so fun. Megan was so sweet and patient with us. We would highly recommend her!!! Totally worth it!!!
Megan BlissMegan Bliss
Cathy P.
Bonnie is very talented and I enjoy taking dance lessons from her. She’s always on time and very attentive!!
Bonnie, The Dance WhispererBonnie, The Dance Whisperer
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I have had 2 private lessons so far in preparation for our daughter's wedding later this month! Kerri has been fantastic! She has the patience of a saint (since neither my husband or I knew how to "slow" dance) and provides a lot of positive reinforcement! We have noticed significant improvement in just 2 lessons and our comfort level with dancing has also increased! Our only regret is that we didn't sign up for lessons years ago! It is without hesitation that we recommend Kerri!
Fancy Footwork 4 UFancy Footwork 4 U
Jose R.
Kimberly was so professional and friendly . My husband and I booked her for our first dance at our wedding and it made a world of difference. Firstly, I’d like to point out that I booked the dance lessons so my husband and I could have something fun to do several weeks leading up to the wedding. Wedding planning is very short lived and the dance lessons took time and effort which we loved. We practiced every day and had our lessons once a week and it was always a way for us too cheer up in moments of high stress due to wedding planning. Secondly, Kim was always on time, very easy to communicate, and very friendly and open to ideas. Lastly, Kim made the lessons easy to follow and gave us that WOW factor at our wedding.
Kimberly’s Wedding and Social dance instructionKimberly’s Wedding and Social dance instruction
Derek K.
Megan is a great dance instructor. I have some dance experience...not a ton...but she gave me a 45 minute private lesson on cha cha and waltz. We did alot in 45 min...she has good progressions on her teaching style...made things easy...good positive vibes as an instructor...very knowledgable and super friendly...would highly recommend! I have signed up for more lessons!
Megan BlissMegan Bliss
Carson C.
Kim was super fun! She was knowledgeable, had great energy, was super easy to learn from her! She made us feel very comfortable. This session makes me want to do consistent dance lessons with her! We learned beginner, intermediate, and about steps. We did single and couple dances. I would absolutely recommend her. If you’re on the fence she’s the one to go with!
Kimberly’s Wedding and Social dance instructionKimberly’s Wedding and Social dance instruction
Marjorie B.
Kim is amazing! My husband and I cannot dance to save our lives, or shall I say we couldn’t! The dance Kim designed for our wedding was awesome. Each lesson was so fun. She came to our house, was always on time, always in a great mood, and very patient with our four left feet! She was extremely responsive, continually told us that if we had questions or needed help that we could contact her in between sessions, and she even reached out the day after our wedding to see how we did. The crowd went wild after we preformed it at the wedding (no one knew we took lessons and all were familiar with our inability to dance). Both my husband and I cried tears of happiness when when we got to see the recording of our first dance as husband and wife. If I could give her 100 stars I would. If you’re looking for an instructor/choreographer, look no further, you’ve found gold.
Kimberly’s Wedding and Social dance instructionKimberly’s Wedding and Social dance instruction
Jamie E.
Megan is seriously so great! We were so nervous to take dance lessons for our wedding, as major beginners. She’s definitely was the right person to put us at ease and meet us where we were at. So patient and sweet. Couldn’t recommend her more. She made it a fun and enjoyable experience and was very good at keeping us on task. We will likely continue to take lessons with her after our wedding because of how fun the experience has been so far.
Megan BlissMegan Bliss
Deanna O.
David!!! David is so amazing! My husband and I started lessons with him in preparation for our wedding dance a couple months ago. He not only choreographed our dance, edited our song choice, and taught us to dance with each other, but also went above and beyond in his instruction, always showing up on time with enthusiasm and abundant patience for us as we learned together. This was just such a wonderful experience, and we feel so extremely fortunate to have come across his thumbtack profile! His price is super reasonable in comparison to other places we have looked and gotten quotes for. And beyond the reasonable cost, he made it a fun experience and he catered to our different levels of dance experience. His wife Megan is also incredible and it’s a joy to see them dance together. She gave us pointers as we practiced and they were both just so welcoming. We also want to say thank you to Mary Murphy (from SYTYCD!) for welcoming us into her Champion Ballroom studio where David and Megan teach out of! We found out in our second lesson that this studio was her space and that just made it even more amazing!! We love you guys and thank you David so so much!!!
David Fan Ballroom DancingDavid Fan Ballroom Dancing
Chi a.
We found Bonnie- a couple months ago, wanting to learn how to swing dance for the rest of our lives and also to coordinate our wedding dance next year. Tony and I were a bit hesitant as we have never taken classes before, a few instructors took a while to get back to us, but Bonnie- responded right away, we scheduled a conversation and hit it off from the very get-go. She is the ultimate professional, she’s very organized, she’s always prompt and most of all she is fun to work with. Her instructions are always clear and concise, yet gentle. We absolutely Hit the lottery win we found Bonnie, we love every lesson with her, and learn so much every time! ❤️ Chi and Tony
Bonnie, The Dance WhispererBonnie, The Dance Whisperer
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