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Private Dance Lessons
Fantastic dance lesson. Wonderful and encouraging teacher. Super excited for our next session!Sep 21, 2019Verified
Private Dance Lessons
As a piano teacher myself, I feel Nikolai has lots of good things that qualify him as a good teacher. First of all, he received formal dance training since young age, so he is really knowledgeable with his profession. The dances he teaches are the "real Latin version," not the simplified version some dance studios or community centers teach. Students who consistently study with him can definitely reach the level enough to win competitions! I started as a beginner, and had learned many basic steps in rumba, samba, and Cha Cha in the first four introductory lessons. He is able to take student's perspective, be very patient explaining all the details and in various ways to help me understand, and make each lesson valuable and productive without overwhelming me. In addition, as a private teacher, Nikolai would focus on student's learning instead of financial gain. For example, he doesn't charge ridiculously high cost as dance studios do. He doesn't slow down the teaching pace in purpose to push students to take more lessons (which I experienced in a dance studio before switching to him). The workload is totally perfect for student's ability. Also, he allows student to record a video at the end of the lesson so students can practice between the lessons through watching the video. I highly recommend him, especially for serious students!Sep 21, 2019Verified
Wedding Dance Lessons
Nikolai was incredible! We decided to take dance lessons just 2 weeks before our wedding, and had a tight time frame to work within. He was able to accommodate us right away but adjusting his normal schedule, and was a pleasure to work with. Nikolai gave us some helpful tips and pointers while we learned the dance, and then some "bonus" tips to make sure we looked elegant and graceful. On our wedding night, our guests complimented us over and over on how well the dance went. Thank you, Nikolai!Sep 24, 2019Verified
If one is interested in learning ballroom dancing, it is very important to seek a knowledgeable teacher who possesses great integrity and who will not exploit students for financial gain (by pushing competitions or by selling a large number of lessons.) Nik is such a teacher. He is not only an expert in both Latin and Ballroom dancing, but also he is very patient, kind and encouraging. I recommend Nik highly and without reservation.Jul 4, 2018
Nikolai is my Latin dance teacher and I have been dancing with him since January 2018. In a short amount of time, I have improved my dancing so much that we competed at the San Francisco Open in April 2018 on the Open Silver category earning 1st places in all single dances (chacha, samba, rumba, pasodoble and jive). Nik is an expert dance teacher who has great knowledge and enthusiasm. He is patient and gives just the right level of instruction and correction. I enjoyed every dance lesson with Nik and I highly recommend him.Jul 11, 2018
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I have many different lesson packages available, depending on your dancing goals and budgets! The pricing range for lessons is between $70 and $100.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?There is never a typical process when teaching dancing! As every new student has different goals, and ways of learning. We first learn the basic steps and then continue on at a pace that is comfortable to you and your learning style!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have been trained by world professionals since I was 6 years old. I have had teachers such as Eugene Katsevman, Bryan Watson, Klaus Kongstal, Lene James, and many many more. I've also been invited to give lectures and group classes in Stanford and UC Berkley on a ballroom and latin dancing.