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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 Washington dance instructors
Mary M.
My husband and I took our wedding dance lessons with Fabio and absolutely loved our experience! Fabio is a very knowledgeable instructor and makes the dance lessons fun and frustration free! Fabio worked with us to create a wonderful and memorable first dance that flawlessly combined our personalities and skill levels. Jennifer is fantastic and always promptly responded to all our emails and phone calls. We cannot say enough good things about Forever Dancing!
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Hannah C.
Alina is great , and I would recommend her as your wedding dance instructor. My husband and I have no dance experience. We picked our song, and Alina helped choreograph our dance to fit our style and ability. We took 3 lessons to learn the dance, 1 to practice it, and were very happy with the final product!
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Jessamy N.
We had a great first dance lesson with Gonzo, he was fun to work with and gave great advice. Looking forward to the next one!
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Annie W.
Had a private lesson for ballet because I haven’t danced in a while. It was very worth the time and money as Gonzalo gave me corrections that changed the way in how I was approaching dance in general. Great insights, really good advice, and an overall great class!
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Erin P.
Kat was prepared and responsive. We enjoyed our dance lesson! She took a video which was so helpful, and we definitely accomplished all our goals with Kat!
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Thumbtack Customer
My then-fiance and I hired Alina to choreograph our first dance for our wedding. We came in with 0 dance experience, and in just three or so lessons Alina put together a great routine for us that looked great. She was patient, professional, and very kind. We highly recommend her!
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Jean S.
We needed a lesson and choreography for our first dance. Within 90 minutes Gonzalo made us feel comfortable dancing and presenting in front of people, and gave us simple yet classic dance routines we can use for our first dance. He was very good at being realistic about how much we can practice and how much we can accomplish given the time. We walked in feeling shy about moving our bodies. But after our 90-min session was done, we were laughing and just enjoying dancing!
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Ashley B.
My husband and I have taken dance lessons off and on the past few years and after just one lesson with Gonzo we’ve already made improvements!! He has a very professional, stylish and laid back approach and the way he explains and teaches the movements really clicked with us. Most importantly, he makes dancing fun which is what it’s all about! We are excited to see how much progress we can make with Gonzo and plan to see him regularly. Definitely recommend!
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Thumbtack Customer
Me and my fiance were beginning dancers who wanted to work on our first dance at our wedding. From the beginning, Gonzalo was open to how many lessons we wanted to do and what kind of dance moves we felt comfortable with. He was very flexible with us for timing and always organized. Glad that we worked with him.
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Robert B.
I was pessimistic about this going in because I have not enjoyed dance lessons before this. Alina is outstanding and super easy to work with. My wife and I had a great experience with her and we are now the best dancers in the world.
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Thumbtack Customer
Alina is a fantastic instructor and an all-around awesome human being. Around six weeks before our wedding, my husband and I decided that just swaying back and forth was probably not going to cut it for our first dance. Fortunately, we found Alina, who not only made us feel more comfortable being front-and-center on the dance floor—but made us fall in love with dancing in general! We were open to doing something different for our medium-paced song, and Alina went for it; designing dynamic choreography on the fly with multiple styles mixed in. Throughout our sessions, she was patient, fun, and flexible, quickly changing steps that tripped us up or added any unnecessary stress. By the sixth and final lesson, we had the full dance down and were excited to show off at the wedding! Needless to say, our guests loved it. Looking back on it, the best part of our dance was that perfectly captured our personality as a couple. Alina picked up on our energy and designed a beautiful dance to complement it. We enjoyed the experience so much, that we're continuing to take lessons! If you're looking for a fantastic instructor who's completely committed to her students, Alina is your girl.
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Nikki B.
Kat was an awesome dance instructor and choreographer for our first dance as husband and wife. When i first made contact with her, whe was quick to respond to my many questions. We reached out to her with less than a month until our wedding, and she was able to schedule us very quickly, within a few days of confirming we would work with her. I appreciated her responsiveness, rates, and availability, so I chose her over four others I had been in touch with on Thumbtack. We met with her three times leading up to the wedding for our two minute dance. During the first two lessons, she showed us the choreography, and in the final lesson, we perfected our moves. She made a custom two minute mp3 of our song for us, and also took video of us dancing the choreography, so we would have that to practice on our own. She was also flexible and understanding when we had to reschedule one of our sessions. We both felt really confident when we danced on our wedding day, and I think our guests really liked it. My husbamd, who previously had no dance experience, got a lot of compliments from his guy friends, so he was very happy. You won't regret working with Kat. Thanks again!
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Thumbtack Customer
Alina has been doing an awesome job working with my fiance and I to choreograph our first dance. We're 2 lessons in and are almost done learning all the moves! She's super accommodating with our schedules, and really patient with us as we mess up the steps. We highly recommend her!
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Brittany B.
I will not be able to do Alina justice in this short review, but if you are in need of someone to help you with your first dance, please go see her. My fiancé and I are getting married this weekend, and of course, two weeks ago decided we should probably get dance lessons. Alina responded immediately and squeezed us in for two 90 minute sessions in back to back weekends. We were nervous as we had never done anything like this, but she put us completely at ease upon entering her studio. We picked a pretty fast paced first dance (Luther Vandross- never too much) and Alina, without hearing it beforehand choreographed an entire dance to it in our first lesson on the fly. She sent us home with a video on our phone after the first week to practice from and I was so amazed! We were dancing and we actually looked good doing it! Square steps, swing steps, and other steps I'm butchering the name of, but just enough to look like we could dance, without being too choreographed. She is really the sweetest, and the woman has moves!! If you can let her help you for even one session do it - you won't regret it. We had so much fun learning together from her we want to go back and learn more at some point to sharpen up our dance skills for other weddings we'll be attending! Thank you thank you thank you, Alina!
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Ashley R.
Christen was a delight to work with! We were looking for someone who could give my fiancé (at that time) and I some ballroom and salsa dance lessons, which we were pretty clueless about! She taught us so patiently and had the perfect moves for each song we chose. When she knew a step wasn’t working for one of us, she’d swap it with something different right away. She did a great job in capturing the vision I had for the overall medley (in only two sessions!), and we got so many compliments from our family and friends on our first dance. If you’re looking for a choreographer to teach you your first dance, or you wanna learn a new dance form just for fun, reach out to Christen right away. You won’t regret it :)
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Shea H.
Kat has shown she is adaptive and able to adjust to our requests and desires from day 1. We consistently find ourselves laughing at our trials and tribulations under her tutelage. She has managed in 2 lessons to take 2 amateurs from nothing to having a whole wedding dance routine. We can't wait to continue working with her!
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Devan B.
Gonzalo was a life saver! My fiance and I waited until one week before our wedding to take a lesson for our first dance... oops. Thankfully, Gonzalo replied to my request right away and we quickly found a time for him to come over and show us a few moves! He taught us a couple of steps to mix-and-match that go along with the tempo of our song, which is exactly what we were looking for.
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Thumbtack Customer
Alina was an absolute pleasure to work with. My fiancé and I had less than a week to prepare for our first dance and all thanks to Alina we were able to pull it off. She is wonderfully pleasant, an expert at her craft, and she's professional. I was amazed at how quickly she was able to pick-up on my strengths and weaknesses as well as my fiancés and come up with a routine well-suited for both of us. We had 3 lessons and amazingly she was able to pull off an elegant and beautiful first dance to "At Last" and also gave us a nice idea for our reception entrance. You will not be disappointed with Alina. If I could add more stars, I would!
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Kelsey B.
My husband and I are so glad we hired Kat to help us choreograph a surprise first dance routine for our wedding. Neither of us have any dance experience to speak of, and she was very patient with us while we stumbled through what I'm sure are very basic steps. She was able to gauge our abilities and our learning strengths very well, and above all, she was really honest about what we were doing well and what we needed to fix. Our guests were SO surprised to see what we had created with Kat - and we have so much fun with the process, from our first lesson to the final "performance." Would highly recommend Kat to anyone, even those with limited to no experience!
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Thumbtack Customer
Incredibly friendly, easy to work with, and super encouraging! My fiancee and I came in with very little dance experience (separate or together) and wanted to work on a routine for our wedding. Gonzalo was beyond patient as we learned the most basic things, and kept adding more moves and steps. I'd recommend him to any of my friends that want to work on a dance for any occasion! When we showed up for our first lesson, he already had our wedding song on his iPod and ready to go. We usually met at his fantastic studio, but he was kind enough to meet us at our apartment on weeknights to accommodate our schedule leading up to the big day. Go with Gonzalo - you won't regret it!
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