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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 Ashburn dance instructors
Vaso G.
Kevin is fun to work with and knows his dance moves! My fiance and I really enjoy our dance lessons with him!
Chana M.
Tibor did a great job teaching my boys some basic dance moves making them more confident on the dance floor. They really enjoyed their lessons.
Premier Dance XPremier Dance X
Kc w.
My husband and I really enjoyed learning our wedding dance routine with her. We are beginners and she taught really well, we caught on easily because of her and had a lot of fun, and decided to sign up for another dance lesson- she even threw in a quick dance routine for our honeymoon dance towards the end! Her location is awesome- -you can eat at the restaurant or look out at the pier before your lesson and enjoy the view in the dance studio. She was very patient, positive, and such a joy. Her passion for dance is contagious and it shows in her work. She loves what she does and not only is she talented, she's a great teacher and that's hard to find! She was punctual in her text messages as well as for our dance lessons.
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Isabella C.
I had a private dance lesson with Ally and she is an amazing dancer and teacher. If you're looking for someone to give you more confidence in your dance ability, beginner or advanced, I recommend her!
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Antthony Mark H.
Amazing!!! I have been a salsa wall flower for years admiring friends dancing this great style of dance and really felt it was not something I could do. So I finally gave into the constant pressure from friends and signed up for a lesson with Cristina!! Wow we were dancing a full salsa in a half hour. Cristina really broke it down and now I’m hooked. Looking forward to learning more and being confident to join my friends on the dance floor. Thanks Cristina for a great first lesson.
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Jessica V.
Shannon is just great. My fiancé and I had such a good time learning to dance with her. She helped us with choreography for our first dance and even came to our house for the lessons! Very good teacher, super friendly and patient. Love our dance and can’t wait to show it off.
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John L.
Gave us a one hour efficient dance lesson for my fiancée and I on our wedding night. Was just the right amount of teaching for amateurs like us. First dance at wedding went great! Give Shannon a call if you need any help!
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Jill S.
No one has had any dance lessons yet (!), but she communicates a welcomed professionalism. She responds quickly and has a genuine enthusiasm for what she does.
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Melanie S.
Thank you to Irma for being patient and pump up to teach me. I enjoyed every second of our hip hop dancing lesson. Kudos to Irma!
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Tracy R.
It was our first time doing any kind of dance lessons so we were all a little nervous, but Bobby came in and immediately made us all feel really comfortable and we had a lot of fun! We will definitely be booking more lessons in the future 🥳
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Isabella C.
I take private lessons from Darren. I started pretty much from zero this year in hip hop dance and Darren has been an amazing and patient teacher. I feel like I’m improving every lesson and every practice. He is excellent and explaining and demonstrating things in different ways so it sticks. He also builds good fundamentals so you have a solid base for learning any style of hip hop dance. I highly recommend his lessons for any experience level!
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T&J P.
My fiancé had a terrible dance lesson experience from the past. Just to have him to try out was paying the ass to me. Thank god I found Alexis. My fiancé and I had such a good time learning to dance with her. She helped us with choreography for our first dance. In all, she is a wonderful, patient, encouraging teacher. She paced her lessons so well and was spot on in terms of giving us critiques we could understand and work with. Alexis was a total professional from her punctuality to her methodology and I’d recommend her to anyone!
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Amir G.
A lot of fun! My fiancé and I wanted to get ready for dancing at our wedding. First lesson was customized to our speed and musical choice, and he walked us through multiple styles of dance to help us get an idea of where we wanted to focused. Can’t wait to keep progressing.
Premier Dance XPremier Dance X
Adam B.
Shannon is a great choreographer! She gave my soon-to-be-wife and I wedding dance lessons and I couldn't be happier with the superb job she did! We wholeheartedly recommend her services!
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Antthony Mark H.
Tibor is an incredible dance instructor. Truly a perfectionist and detail oriented. I felt at ease immediately with his instructions and improved a great deal in my first lesson. I’m looking forward to my next one.
Premier Dance XPremier Dance X
Stephanie N.
Bobby was absolutely fantastic! We loved all of our time with him and laughed harder than we can remember the whole time. Our first dance at our wedding was spectacular thanks to him! We can’t wait to take lessons with him just for fun and it’s worth every penny. We highly recommend dancing with Bobby!
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Lo J.
I appreciate Jay's approach to teaching dance. it helps making me feel more comfortable and also gets me out of my head while dancing. I always feel amazing after each lesson. Although I've only had a few I can feel and see the impact they are making. I am excited to see my dance journey evolve~ I couldn't ask for a better skilled & patient teacher😄🤙🏽🪄 Thank you, Jay Chris~
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Lorelei S.
My fiancé and I came into our first dance lesson with Bobbie excited and eager to learn. My fiancé had no prior dance experience and I had a little bit more. Bobby was Always encouraging and easy to follow. He was punctual and friendly and fun to work with. We started out pretty badly but we got better pretty quickly. Thanks to Bobbie‘s good Major, patience and great choreography ideas for our wedding dance. We can’t say enough great things about him. We are excited and looking forward to our wedding dance. Thanks Bobbie! 💃🏻🕺🏼
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Sarah L.
Tibor has been an absolute pleasure to work with! He is always professional and his teaching technique is impeccable—he understands how people learn and always strikes a balance in each lesson between mastering skills from a previous lesson and challenging us with something new and more difficult. We took private dance lessons before and one of big differences from our previous instructor is that he is so much more efficient with the time. We get so much more out of each lesson than we did before. Couldn’t recommend him more highly!
Premier Dance XPremier Dance X
Taiyaba H.
My husband and I were lucky enough to have Shannon give us a few lessons for our first dance at our wedding. In all, she is a wonderful, patient, encouraging teacher. She paced her lessons so well and was spot on in terms of giving us critiques we could understand and work with. Shannon was a total professional from her punctuality to her methodology- and I’d recommend her to anyone!
Shannon Allen DanceShannon Allen Dance
Monica S.
Ka Laam worked with my husband and I before our wedding and choreographed our first dance. We are both awful dancers and wanted something special for our wedding day. We took 5 lessons with Ka Laam and although 1 and 2 were rusty, but 3/4/5 we were feeling good and LOVED the dance she put together for us- it was the perfect amount of fun and romance. Ka Laam was patient, kind, and very thorough ensuring our posture and moves were just right! Her approach to teaching worked great and our dance ended up being our favorite part of our wedding.
Cal L.
Mariia is an awesome dance instructor and choreographer. My wife and I have taken private ballroom dance lessons for 5+ years while we were living in the SF/Bay Area. Mariia is passionate about her work and is great instructor...patient, communicative, and can diagnose problems with a dancers technique very quickly. She is also very responsive and delivers exactly what she commits to. We liked her so much that we already scheduled a follow up session with her. I recommend her extremely highly!
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