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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 Murray Hill dance instructors
Braydon O.
Klaudia is an amazing teacher that keeps the lessons fun and stress free. She is very nice and fun to dance with. Best dance lessons I have ever taken and would recommend.
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Carlos P.
Tatiana is an amazing instructor! She is very talented and knowledgeable on various dance styles, and that translates over to fun and productive lessons. I gladly recommend her lessons to anyone interested in dancing at any level.
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Sandy C.
Super responsive! Able to set on a date for our first dance lesson within a few days. Very friendly and extremely professional. Will definitely pick Paulina again for all my future dance lessons.
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Jen B.
My fiancé and I really enjoy our dance lessons with Klaudia. She made both of us comfortable since we first started our lesson (esp my fiancé who’s newto ballroom dancing). We’ve only gotten through the intro but I can already tell we’re going to have an amazing choreographed first dance. I highly recommend her for anybody who’s looking for a dance instructor for their wedding’s first dance or dancing lessons in general. On top of her awesome dancing and teaching skills, she also has a wonderful personality. 🤍 She has been very accomodating considering how indecisive and fickle minded I could be. I lost count as to how many times I changed my mind about the song for our first dance. 😂 I’m also grateful for her rekindling my passion for dancing.
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Max W.
My fiancée and I took dance lessons with Arati for our wedding. She choreographed a great dance to our song and made learning the steps really easy and fun. We'd highly recommend working with her to learn your first dance!
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Steve S.
We had such a blast taking dance lessons for our wedding! We learned how to spin, lift and dip in a short amount of time and are so grateful to have had the opportunity to do lessons! Such a fun way to do something relaxing and enjoyable during the final stretch of wedding planning. Highly recommend Eksprsa Dance and we will definitely back for more fun lessons after the big day!
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Reid W.
We have been taking lessons for our first wedding dance, and couldn't be happier with the experience. Having never actually learned any dancing in the past, we were completely inexperienced and nervous. Arati quickly put us at ease, and methodically brought us to confidence and having fun on our dance floor. I would recommend taking lessons from Arati to anyone, and based on our experience I especially recommend any couple to Arati, whether it be to choreograph a first dance or to simply grow closer with this fulfilling shared experience.
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Brian S.
My fiancé and I wanted some tips and tricks for our first dance at our upcoming wedding. Our lesson was very helpful!!
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Swathi T.
We highly recommend Arati if you're thinking of dance lessons. We are working with Arati for our First Dance. Arati is such a sweetheart, and has a bubbly personality that can make anyone smile. She's been extremely patient, and great to work with for first-timers like us. Even my fiancé, who was lukewarm about taking lessons, really enjoyed the classes!
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Dimitrios B.
Klaudia is a very professional dance teacher. We wanted to learn our first dance for our upcoming wedding and Klaudia was very creative in choreography according to our style. We felt very comfortable from the first lesson and she made the whole dancing experience very pleasant. We highly recommend her.
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Edward D.
Katerina has been a very thorough and thoughtful dance instructor. It is obvious she has a passion for dance as it always shows in the lessons. My fiance and I were absolute beginners with almost no previous formal dance experience. Her patience and attentiveness has made dancing enjoyable for us and excited for our first dance at a our wedding. Katerina also spent time analyzing our song and making sure there was a connection between our elements and the music. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a dance instructor!
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Suzy B.
Arati is an amazing teacher. We began taking lessons to learn a dance for our wedding and have enjoyed it so much that we will definitely be continuing to take lessons with her. We felt supported and comfortable and had so much fun!
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Melanie G.
We had the best time taking dance lessons, although we only had time for a few before our wedding it still paid off. It was fun and we crushed our first dance, all of our guests were very impressed!
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Katherine K.
Arati is so professional and talented. She's also very flexible to work with and will cater dance lessons to your specific need. We wanted to do our first dance to "Can't Take My Eyes off of You" but were worried about how to dance to this since it is in 4/4 time. We'd also seen some not so great YouTube videos of choreo for this song. Arati immediately found a solution for this that ended up working so well and looked so classy! She taught us basics of waltz and payed attention to the nuances like posture, frame, and where the pressure points should be between you and your dance partner. She also taught my husband how to lead (and me, how to follow lol). We are so happy we know this now so we can dance together! Importantly, skills and quality aside, Arati is also a very professional, responsive, and lovely person. We had so much fun learning how to dance with her. Our dance lessons with Arati became more like a fun experience in and of themselves rather than just a process we had to go through to get a first wedding dance together. Highly recommend Arati for any dance lessons you're considering.
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Sarah C.
We had a wonderful experience! We needed a last minute lesson for our first dance and Olga really tailored the dance to meet our skill level, and made us feel comfortable and confident! We recommend to all couples and would definitely work with her again!!
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Alina H.
We had the pleasure of working with Arati on our first dance for our wedding. We had selected our song and she was able to choreograph a dance with a mix of waltz and salsa moves. As dance beginners, I was honestly unsure if we could pull it off. But Arati was so nice and accommodating with our schedule, and most importantly, patient with us as we learned the dance she had choreographed for us over the course of several lessons. By the time our lessons were over, we felt ready for the big day. The dance went so well and everybody loved it! It was a special moment that we will always remember, and so worth it to spend the time, money, and effort that we did. Thanks so much Arati! Couldn’t have done it without you!
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Samuel O.
Dariusz was an amazing teacher that taught me about how my mentality plays into dancing as well as technique. I felt like a better dancer from the first lesson.
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Mansi K.
Nick is a great teacher who takes the time to make you feel very comfortable with him and the dance. Lessons are always great fun and you can see the improvement with time!!
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Kelli K.
Arati was INCREDIBLE! My fiance and I wanted to learn an easy dance routine for our wedding and she helped us put together a dance that both of us could easily do. She made every lesson fun (even gave us mandatory breaks!). I would highly recommend Arati if you're looking to put together a choreographed dance for any occasion!
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Terry K.
Arati is a fabulous dance instructor! My wife and I wanted to take some professional lessons for our first dance at our wedding and Arati showed us all of the basics we needed to know. We knew we didn't want to do a choreographed dance, but we didn't want to look sloppy either. Arati was fun and casual and didn't make us feel any pressure to perfect the moves. In the end, we felt very comfortable and 'put together' during our first dance! We recommend taking lessons with her, even if you don't have a formal event to practice for. It's great for couples to do as a fun activity together.
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Milena L.
Arati is such an excellent teacher. My fiancée and I decided to take up pre wedding dance lessons and to our pleasant surprise we found Arati. She excellent at breaking down the steps and most importantly makes the lessons fun. It was absolutely amazing to see how much fun we had in just one hour! Can't wait for the next lesson : )
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Tess D.
Paulina came to help us with our opening wedding dance and we learned so much in just one class. She is so fun and has so much energy that makes the whole experience super enjoyable! 5 stars! Top dance instructor! She responded super fast and came to our apartment to teach the dance lessons. She was extremely punctual and really easy to communicate with her.
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Thumbtack Customer
In our introductory lesson, Dariusz was able to assess the dance experience of my fiancé and I, form a plan for a first dance based on our song choice, give advice that will last us forever, teach us some basic building-block moves (I am a complete novice), and create a lesson plan for us - all while making it fun and within a short time. We certainly recommend him to anyone - especially a new couple like us.
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Mike F.
Our experience planning and practicing a dance with Dima for our upcoming wedding was fantastic. He was extremely accommodating and an excellent, patient teacher that can handle experiences of all levels. Highly recommend going with Dima for any sort of dance lessons - you won’t regret it - and we look forward to working with him again.
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Dusan J.
My fiancee and I had a very productive ballroom dance lesson with Ekaterina today! She gave us a lot of useful feedback and we got a surprising amount of practice into the hour as well!
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