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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 SoMa dance instructors
Ali G.
Jasmine is wonderful! She turned our awkward dancing into a truely enjoyable dancing lesson!
Jasmine Worrell DanceJasmine Worrell Dance
Kathy G.
I had a wonderful dance lesson with Erin. I am a very confident person except when asked to dance- it is anxiety producing. I came away with two dances and am really looking forward to my next lesson. Erin has a wonderful way of making you feel confident.
Erin Parsley DanceErin Parsley Dance
Nick M.
Had an amazing experience with Marge working on our first dance for our wedding. We had four lessons at her house. From lesson one she helped put my now husband at ease as he learned how to foxtrot. Our wedding dance was a hit and the lessons were great!
Fascinating Rhythm Dance SchoolFascinating Rhythm Dance School
Amir B.
Love it. As someone with no dance experience, I'm glad I took the plunge for private salsa and rhumba dancing lessons with YuZhao. I was a little worried I would be a klutz and discover I just couldn't dance, but lo-and-behold by the second lesson I was getting it! I learned! It's amazing what an attentive teacher can do :)
Glow DanceGlow Dance
Sojung P.
YuZhao is a knowledgeable dance instructor and I enjoyed our private lesson very much!
Glow DanceGlow Dance
Sarah S.
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!
Emily Coles Dance SFEmily Coles Dance SF
Siggi H.
Erin gave us dance lessons for our wedding first dance. Even at the last minute, Erin was easy to communicate and schedule with. She managed our time efficiently and clarified anything she felt was unclear during the dance lessons. Erin had a great, friendly, upbeat attitude from beginning to end and made us feel comfortable quickly. Highly recommend!
Erin Parsley DanceErin Parsley Dance
Zachary D.
My fiance and I signed up for dance lessons with Erin and we couldn't be happier. I started out with zero background in dance and after only a couple lessons my fiance and I have our first dance choreographed. I'm actually excited to dance at my wedding which is saying a lot. Erin is very friendly and makes you feel comfortable right away. I would highly recommend her!
Erin Parsley DanceErin Parsley Dance
Erin is passionate about dance and this translates immediately into positive energy during classes. Add patience, interest in social dancing and a very solid foundations provided by formal ballet education and you have all ingredients for a great dancing lessons & experience! 5 stars!
Erin Parsley DanceErin Parsley Dance
Matthew I.
Erin way exceeded our expectations for a Wedding Dance instructor. Scheduling was easy, the lessons were relaxed but focused, and she tailored our dance instruction and routine to our novice skill level. I would unconditionally recommend Erin if you're looking for a wedding dance instructor!
Erin Parsley DanceErin Parsley Dance
Julie S.
Jessica is fun, inventive, intuitive, playful, and dedicated. We had a wonderful time learning to dance with her. We felt much more confident during our first dance after 2 lessons. Thanks Jessica!
Jessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm SFJessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm SF
Amy K.
Erin is an incredible dance teacher. She was very warm and patient with me and my fiancé, especially considering we were both very new to dance. She choreographed a dance for us which was the perfect balance between “easy to learn” and “exciting to watch”. And she made the whole process very fun for us! I highly recommend Erin to any couple looking for wedding dance lessons!
Erin Parsley DanceErin Parsley Dance
Thumbtack Customer
"First Dance" lessons with choreography assistance less than 2 weeks out from our wedding. We started out with 2 and extended it to 3 lessons. Joseph was really helpful instructing the two of us that have no background in dancing. In 1 hour we had the basis for a first dance at our wedding. In 2 hours he got us better at that and added flourishes. In 3 hours he worked on the entire production. He knows what he's doing and has fun doing it.
Joseph MurphyJoseph Murphy
Julie B.
She's an experienced teacher--warm, friendly and unintimidating. (Did I mention that she cracks jokes? It takes the edge off, which is a godsend for a nervous beginner like me.) She helped me work out dance moves for my wedding. Now I'm taking personal rumba lessons. I also enjoy Metronome, the dance studio where she teaches, which is in an old, Italian social club in Potrero. I recommend Emily for anyone who wants to take dance lessons, from salsa to ballroom.
Emily Coles Dance SFEmily Coles Dance SF
Blake R.
Andreina was great! As someone who has never taken a private dance lesson and has always been a bit shy when it comes to partner dance, I quickly overcame that with Andreina. She is patient and skilled, and constantly wearing a radiant smile on her face. I learned the history of Salsa and its cultural importance along side the basic steps and movements. I will definitely be returning for more lessons. 💃
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John S.
Jessica takes a custom approach to dance lessons where she assessed your skills first. That method means you learn based on your own strengths and weaknesses.
Jessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm SFJessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm SF
Julia C.
Erin was phenomenal! We had 2 sessions with her to help prepare for the first dance for our wedding. She's a great teacher and we hope to return for more lessons in the future.
Erin Parsley DanceErin Parsley Dance
Olivier C.
Jessica is an excellent dancing tutor, I have a lot of fun with her tutoring session. She has taught me the moving techniques and basic dancing skills. I really enjoy to work with her, I can't wait to start another dancing tutoring sessions with her again. Awesome experience and she will teach you alot if you continue to take lessons with her. You are just great teacher, Jessica!
Jessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm SFJessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm SF
Anahi R.
We loved Erin! Her personality is great and she is a wonderful dance instructor. She was our cheerleader, encouraging us and making us feel good about our dance and everything else. We combined three different styles into one song and pulled it off with her help. We enjoyed our time so much, we want to continue some dance lessons in the future. Thank you Erin.
Erin Parsley DanceErin Parsley Dance
Chelsia Y.
Joseph gave us exactly what we needed to feel comfortable and confident for our first dance. He had clear instruction and shared helpful tips tailored to our level and our needs. Super responsive and professional; would definitely recommend making time for at least 1 wedding dance lesson with him!
Joseph MurphyJoseph Murphy
Mimi H.
Freddy is truly amazing. My boyfriend and I hired her to teach us a few new dance moves as well as how to dance better together at the weddings we're going to this summer. She came over after work one night and totally transformed our dance style. Freddy starts off with the basics to get a sense of her client's level and dance ability. Then, she walks you through new moves and helps you practice together. After our lesson, my boyfriend and I felt more confident in our dancing ability and teared up the dance floor at our next wedding! I highly recommend working with Freddy!
Fredrika "Freddy" KeeferFredrika "Freddy" Keefer
Thumbtack Customer
I had my first contemporary dance private lesson with Erin this weekend and she was incredible. She listened to my needs, took my lack of formal dance training to heart, and started with the fundamentals that I needed to jump in further. She was incredibly hands on with fixing my form -- I've never had a teacher do this before and it was very eye opening to finally understand the concepts every other teacher had tried to previously explain. Erin also has an impressive formal dance and teaching background and it is immediately obvious that she is one of the gems here. I feel so fortunate to have found her. She has a beautiful space in San Francisco that she teaches out of and has excellent communication. After finishing my lesson, I knew I wanted to continue seeing her and bought her 5 lesson package. I cannot recommend her highly enough and encourage others of all dance backgrounds and levels to sign up with Erin.
Erin Parsley DanceErin Parsley Dance
Lizzy G.
Our wedding dance lessons with Joanna were wonderful!! She choreographed a fantastic routine for our first dance, and we also had a ton of fun. She was super patient with us and helped us feel confident. She was encouraging and made us feel totally at ease, and we can't wait to show off our dance! I'll definitely recommend her to any other friends getting married in the near future. Thanks Joanna!
Joanna Chan DanceJoanna Chan Dance
Gregg L.
Jessica was an awesome dance teacher for a group of 3-4 year olds. From planning and logistics (she was super responsive, clear, and helpful), to the actual dance lesson, she was great. She engaged super well with the kids, had a great program in place, and all of the kids had a blast and loved it. Thank you Jessica for the great experience for the kids!
Jessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm SFJessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm SF
Megan A.
My (days to be) husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to work with Jessica to prepare for our first dance. Neither of us had any previous dance lesson experiences and were a bit nervous. Jessica made us feel so comfortable with each other and with her. We happy to say we are ready for the first dance!! With the wedding only days away, I can honestly say this was the best wedding prep money I've spent! We highly recommend Jessica :)
Jessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm SFJessica Maria Recinos Featuring Rising Rhythm SF
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