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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 Jose dance instructors
Nicholas G.
My wife and I took a series of ~5 lessons to prepare for our first dance. I did not have any previous dance experience. In the 5 lessons, Stacey choreographed our dance to our song choice, practiced it with us and taught me basic dance fundamentals. During the lessons she is fun and engaging- bringing in her dance experience to help make the lessons as meaningful as possible. Would definitely recommend Stacey to anyone looking to learn how to dance and especially anyone looking to practice for an upcoming wedding!
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Monika C.
Dina was a great dance instructor and very friendly. My fiancé and I took private dance lessons for our first dance. My fiancé had very little dance practice but she helped both of us perfect our skills for our big day. We didn’t feel pressured nor judged of our skills. Highly recommend any couples seeking lessons. We looked forward to our weekend lessons. Thanks!!
Denny L.
It was a fun taking some dancing lessons just prior to our big day. Dan was patient during his lessons. He taught us how to do the dance properly. He took the time to point out the proper technique on some of the moves in our dance routine. It was fun learning from him. On our big day, we did the routine on the 1st dance. It was a success. Thank you very much!! Denny
Daniel Lee Tran DancesportDaniel Lee Tran Dancesport
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Daniel for 6 wedding dance lessons. He helped us choose a song and prepare a dance. He was always on time to the studio and professional. He makes sure to record the progress at the end of each lesson which is so helpful when you forget your moves! Very creative, and I would definitely recommend.
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Sarah R.
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!
Linda L.
Daniel is a great dance instructor. My fiance and I came to him with no dance experience and enlisted his help to choreograph our First Dance for our wedding. He is extremely patient, explains everything in a very concise way, and helps us to master our technique with each lesson. My fiance now thinks he's as good as Swayze but I credit all of that confidence to Daniel for helping us out. Highly recommend him as a dance instructor!
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Steven M.
Dan did a wonderful job of helping my wife and I not only learn how to dance, but also choreograph our first dance for our wedding. Dan was very accommodating to our schedule and patient with our learning pace. We are very happy with how our dance turned out and plan on taking more lessons in the future from Dan. I highly recommend considering him if you are looking for a highly experienced dancer, who is great at teaching basic dances as well as choreographing.
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Denise c.
It was my fiancee and I first time to do a dancing lesson. We decided to take a chance. It was well worth it. William makes you feel comfortable, confident and fun. I would highly recommend William. Thank you William cant wait to see how the dance will turn out on the day of the wedding. -Corona/Cardenas
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Joanna Y.
We learned our wedding dance through Stacy! She was very patient and always had great moves and ideas for us. We really enjoyed the lesson with her and would recommend to other people!
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Julia M.
Danielle is simply amazing! I never thought I would find a dance instructor in the Bay Area who would be willing to learn and teach Forró. This is a very popular dance in my home country Brazil, but not very well known in the USA. Danielle's expertise in dance and her openness and easygoing personality made it happen beautifully! My future hubby and I are stoked to perform an awesome Forró dance at our upcoming wedding in September. Thank you so much Danielle, we look forward to more lessons with you :)) Julia&Christopher
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Thumbtack Customer
Desiree has been an incredible teacher! Very patient, and very professional. I will continue to seek her out for lessons. I haven't danced in forever and I'm already feeling progress because of her hands on teaching style.
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Phil S.
We wanted to have someone who could help us with a "First Dance" for our wedding and we chose Stacey to work with us. We are so glad that we did! Stacey was a pleasure to work with. We only had a few weeks to prepare before our wedding and Stacey was very accommodating, and within a couple of weeks, we actually had the confidence (and with her patient training, sufficient skills) to pull it off. Even though we were under a lot of stress (with the wedding quickly approaching), Stacey made the experience fun, and she was very encouraging throughout the lessons. With Stacey's help, we accomplished what we wanted to do for our wedding dance, but we enjoyed the experience so much, we are looking into continuing lessons from Stacey. I would definitely recommend Stacey for anyone wanting to learn how to dance (or dance better)!
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Bella V.
Dan was by far more than what we expected!! From the first day we met him, we knew he was going to make magic happen. He understood us, and taught us a different way to see dance. His vision and creativity to cater to our needs was superb. Dan made it intuitive to a person that had never danced in his entire life in 8 lessons, it was magic to both Derrick and I. His work quality ,and professionalism was outstanding. I want to thank you for making this day so much easier and special. It was so worth it!!
Daniel Lee Tran DancesportDaniel Lee Tran Dancesport
Thumbtack Customer
Desiree is a pleasure to work with! She is very patient with beginners and good at breaking down the steps so that a person with very little experience can learn in a fun and low pressure way. She is also pretty flexible with with where the lesson can take place. We would definitely recommend her and are considering taking her group dance class after our wedding.
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Sarah J.
If you’re considering Dan for your dance lessons, go for it! Seriously, stop thinking right now and send him a message. He’s very responsive and his first meeting is complimentary which sets him apart from other instructors, so you have nothing to lose and everything to win! We met Dan only 19 days ago, but it feels like we’ve known him forever. In those 19 days, Dan choreographed and taught my fiancé and me our First Dance in six lessons. I was nervous at first because I had never taken a dance lesson before, and you’re supposed to start learning your First Dance months before your wedding and only do final finishing touches your last month. We approached Dan less than four weeks before our wedding. Even though it felt like such a huge project to undertake so late, Dan made it so fun and so easy! He’s very quick to choreograph steps. Sometimes we came in early and got a chance to see him train other students and he’s SO enjoyable to learn from and interesting to watch because he’s incredibly knowledgeable about kinesthetics and can really simplify complicated concepts to make the steps look as effortless as possible. If you’re a complete beginner like me, know that you can put your trust in Dan. Be open-minded to try things, and if you’re struggling, just be honest because he’s flexible and can modify the routine to address your concerns. Have fun with it!
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