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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 Santa Clara dance instructors
Stephen B.
Sabine is amazing she’s extremely kind and a great instructor. I’ve never had official dance lessons and she made it so easy and spent extra time making sure we got it down perfectly. Highly recommend!
Sabine BlythSabine Blyth
Marina D.
We got married on 5/21/22 in France and took 1 single class with William just a few days before our trip. We had learned a first dance by ourselves with Youtube videos but the result wasn't that great in our opinion and we were feeling like we needed some serious help to make our dance look good. In just one lesson, William helped us correct bad habits we had taken, helped us replace some dance moves that we were not comfortable with, taught us how to occupy the dance floor better and helped us make our dance look a lot more smooth and more elegant. He helped my husband understand how to guide me, and taught me how to let it go and follow, which resolved a lot of our dancing issues and made the whole dance more enjoyable for the 2 of us. On the day of our wedding, with the stress, we made a mistake in the first few seconds of our dance and my husband was able to bounce back and get us back on track. I am 100% sure that we would have been confused and out of sync for the whole dance because of that mistake, had we not had that 1 lesson with William the week before. William also helped us prepare an entrance to introduce our dance and an elegant end after the dance. We didn't know we needed that but are so grateful that he recommended it! William never criticized how we were dancing but he was able to build on our abilities really fast to perfect our dance with the little time we had. It was a fantastic experience and my only regret is that we didn't come to him sooner!
We Evolve DanceWe Evolve Dance
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Dan was one of the best and most positive experiences we have ever had. My wife and I saw the music video for Ed Shereen's Thinking Out Loud and we wanted to do the dance for our wedding. We came to thumbtack to look for an instructor and luckily we came across Dan. At first I was skeptical that an instructor could choreograph a routine we would like and could perform well, so we told him we just wanted to follow the music video. However, Dan let us know we could do something much more elegant than the video and put together an even better routine for us. And it turned out amazing. Lesson by lesson he custom tailored a routine for us that was simply incredible and far exceeded our expectations. He listens to what you like and dislike and will change things around for you while also giving you his good suggestions. We both came into this with no experience in ballroom dancing, me having no dance experience at all. I was definitely extremely nervous that I could pull this wedding dance off at first as I consider myself a pretty bad dancer. But after every lesson I came out feeling more and more confident. Dan is not only a great instructor, but also has a very positive attitude that kept me motivated that I could do this. In the end, the dance turned out unbelievable. My wife and I would both highly recommend him if you are looking for an instructor for any kind of dance and level. We will definitely go back to him in the future. Thank you Dan!
Daniel Lee Tran DancesportDaniel Lee Tran Dancesport
Swathi S.
I have had two classes with Erin so far. It's been an absolute delight to work with her! She is super friendly , puts in a lot of effort to understand the needs of her student and work with them based on what they are looking from her class! I wanted to take some private lessons as I am very conscious about dancing in public and being an adult makes it all the more difficult to shed these inhibitions. I learn hip hop currently from her. She has been very encouraging, fun to be around which is helping me build my confidence! She knows a wide range of dance forms and can teach you a mix of them if that's what you are looking for. Totally worth taking lessons from her! Has been a wonderful experience so far :)
Erin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding DancesErin Parsley Dance + Steps to Love Wedding Dances
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