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San Francisco Beginner Adult Dance Instructors

Browse these beginner adult dance lessons with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in San Francisco.

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Daniel Lee Tran Dancesport
5.0
from 80 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura Y.
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We had Dan for our wedding first dance lessons. From the get-go, Dan had a very detailed, yet easy to follow instructions. We don't have any dancing background, yet he put so much trust in us to perform some amazing moves and created a unique routine. Everyone at our wedding were thoroughly impressed with our dance. Thank you Dan!

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Erin Parsley Dance
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ali M.
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Erin is amazing! I wanted to up my dancing game, and I searched the internet to find someone to help me do that. After reaching out to Erin through Thumbtack, she responded back very quickly and answered all of my questions well. Halfway into the first session, I knew I made an excellent choice for Erin to be my dance instructor. She’s friendly, has a great sense of humor, is articulate, is fun... and this gal seriously knows how to dance and how to teach it. I felt immmediately comfortable with Erin, which is super important when you’re learning how to do some new moves! I happily purchased a package of 6 classes with her - and now after finishing 4 of them, I’m sure I’ll continue with more lessons with her after that. Learning to dance with Erin is an excellent choice. Highly recommended!

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Dance With Carolyn
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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Emily Coles Dance SF
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
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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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DinaDance
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matt S.
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Been working with Dina for 6+ weeks now. A somewhat beginner Blues dancer, Dina is helping me get comfortable moving my body and progressing at a pace that works for me. Dina has great ideas and insight and lets me work on things that I want to fix and get better at.

Desiree May Productions
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Robert G.
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I was nervous about beginning dance lessons, but after a few lessons with Desiree I feel comfortable and confident dancing with anyone. Desiree is professional and very enthusiastic, and she made our lessons really fun! I had a great experience with her and recommend it to everyone!

  • 41 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna A.
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Marge was very friendly and understanding making it easy for a couple of non-dancers to begin learning ballroom dancing for the first time ever. We only had 4 hours with her since we decided on choreographing a ballroom dance so late in the game, but she was able to bring us up to speed quickly and professionally. She would get sidetracked sometimes and begin telling us stories but it was charming and she didn't stay off track for too long. Her teaching style was firm but patient at the same time and the lessons were always fun. Our dance turned out fantastic, especially considering the short amount of time she had to teach it to us and the fact that we had no prior dance training at all.

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  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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.

Sharda Dance Academy
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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.

Dance With Daniel
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel D.
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Daniel is so great. We took beginner's salsa lessons. Daniel is a consummate professional - reliable, communicative, knowledgeable, patient, good-natured, flexible, funny, and versatile. He was equally good at explaining things to me in dance terms and to my (beginner) boyfriend using analogies that felt more accessible to him. We made a surprising amount of progress in a short time, and Daniel was super understanding when we barely practiced between lessons, helping us catch back up and still make progress every lesson. Daniel is also just a really chivalrous person and really brings the politesse of being a good dance partner into the lesson. Highly recommend getting a package of lessons with Daniel. It's a good value and those extra few lessons can take you from just-the-basics to having a reasonable set of moves that you can build on and improvise from.

Fredrika "Freddy" Keefer
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Scott F.
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Freddy is an exceptially talented dance instructor who has demonstrated incredible patience with me as a total beginner. She has made learning to dance fun and interesting experience. I look forward to me time with her every week!

  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Dimitar S.
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Joseph taught me and my fiancee to dance salsa. In six lessons I went from a beginner who doesn't know a single to turn, to being able to dance a whole song chaining a series of moves. He was providing very actionable and specific feedback which helped me improve my technique and timing. I'd be happy to work again with him in the future. Thanks!

Caminos Flamencos
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Ilan C.
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I have nothing but positive things to say about both Yaelisa and Jason and my experience with Caminos Flamencos. I have been taking flamenco guitar lessons with Jason for a bit over a year now. He is a master musician and his command of rhythm, technique, theory and harmony are second to none. Seriously, YouTube him and see for yourself! And just as important, he is a fantastic teacher. He really knows how to help you grow as a musician and reach your potential, and he cares about his students, so he's actually pushing you for your own good. Every session is a blast, always inspiring and I always come back improved from last time. I have also been accompanying some of Yaelisa's beginner / intermediate classes as a guitarist. The same values mentioned above for Jason apply to her as well (birds of a feather flock together!). She has amazing compás, and provides an incredibly solid foundation for her students, and for me, as a guitarist. She really cares about her students and it's been great to see students progress each week. I know my rhythm and ability to accompany has improved leaps and bounds thanks to her. I am getting an incredible foundation. Whether you're looking to begin your flamenco journey or take it to the next level, Yaelisa and Jason are your ticket!

IT'S ONLY DANCE
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Yi Qun Z.
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I have been learning dance from Sonly for more than 10 years. She is a great dancer ( simply a professional dander in my eye as I see at dance show/contests) and at a same time a great teacher. Her passion for teaching is so strong that you are inspired to learn and to improve (I was a person who was too shy to dance when I started with Sonly and become one who has good confidence of myself). What makes her exceptional is her insight of music and lead you to dance with understanding of music. I am also very impressed by her teaching ability that she sees exactly and precisely in each individual what to work on. She is also sensitive to feelings of students and coach in way you feel comfortable. I love Sonly!!! Trust me, you will lover her to be your teacher!!!

Piano and Voice Lessons
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Assal T.
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Joann is a wonderful knowledgeable piano instructor. I stared my son in weekly piano lessons with Joann at age 6, last year. I was very impressed with her ability to teach the basics in a way he understood and connected to. He likes and respects her and is eager to learn. Joann is very relaxed, patient, and positive with him. I am very pleased! I would definitely recommend her to other potential students, young or old.

Ryan Bachata Rockstar
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Anish T.
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Ryan is an amazing teacher. He breaks down complex dancing concepts in a very clear way. After taking his lessons, I have the confidence to go out there and dance with passion and flair. His lessons go deeper than just patterns and footwork. He talks about musicality, and the importance of making your dance partner comfortable. Learning from Ryan can change your life.

Timba Heat Dance Company
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal C.
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Hebert Aguilar Director of Timba Heat Dance Company is an amazing dance instructor and choreographer! His energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and passion for dancing is very evident and contagious in his form of teaching. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned dancer, Hebert will challenge you and take your dancing skills to the next level while keeping the training extremely fun and highly addictive. Prior to taking private lessons and group classes from Hebert, I had no previous dance background but I can truly say that in a short amount of time he has helped me to become a more confident and well rounded dancer and performer. I am very thankful and grateful to have the pleasure of training under an extremely talented, patient and humble instructor. Whether your goal is to learn as a beginner, enhance your dancing skills, or perform in front of an audience, I would highly recommend Hebert Aguilar. Trust me you will not be disappointed. Check out his videos and performances on Facebook (Timba Heat) and Instagram (@Timbaheat).

Ballroom Ninja
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ilya R.
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Private lessons with Jeremy are always fun (he was our teacher for over two years). He has a one-of-a-kind talent for explaining dance moves and creating metaphors that help you "get" the technical and the performing aspects of the dance. His choreography, for leader and follower, is always creative and really captures the mood of each dance.

Dance With Melissa
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Christi R.
Verified review

My fiancé and I had a great experience with Melissa! We went to her for lessons for our First Dance at our wedding. She was very patient with us. Melissa came up with a dance that was fun and fit our style and personalities. The wedding is next weekend and we are ready to hit the dance floor thanks to Melissa!

KathyReyesDance.Fitness
5.0
from 2 reviews
    David T.
    Verified review

    I have taken several private lessons from Ms. Reyes and attend her weekly Bachata and Salsa classes. She is very detailed oriented and breaks down body movement and styling in ways that i can understand. She has been EXTREMELY patient with me and has made me an overall better dancer. She constantly pushes me to go out social dancing to perfect my craft of dancing and is never afraid to correct me so that i can do things right. If you are a beginner dancer or are trying to take your dancing to the next level i would highly recommend her.

    Taylor's Dance Lessons
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Samantha T.
    Verified review

    Taylor was an AMAZING dance instructor! We used her for our 1st dance for our wedding and could not have had a better experience. Taylor is an unbelievably skilled and patient instructor. We were complete beginners, yet with Taylor's expertise, ended up with a fantastic dance routine. Taylor's vision is fresh, fun, and unique and you will be left with anything but a typical wedding dance routine. We cannot recommend her enough!

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    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.

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