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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 Upper Arlington dance instructors
Victoria M T.
Corrine was great and easy To work with. She had a very flexible schedule. She also is very kind and sociable. I would recommend her for anyone to get dance lessons away. I did dance lessons with my fiancé for our wedding. With my dad for the father daughter dance. My fiancé and his mother did a lesson for their mother and son dance. We all had great experiences and a lot of fun!
Corinne SmithCorinne Smith
Juan A.
Corinne is a great dance teacher and is really well at explaining all the steps in a dance. It was very easy for me to understand all the lessons and I improved quickly. Thanks for everything.
Corinne SmithCorinne Smith
Christopher B.
I have been a student of Emily and Ballroom Dance Experience for nearly two years now. I started by taking group lessons through the Dublin Recreation Center, then began taking private lessons about 6 months later. Emily is an excellent instructor who brings a lot of enthusiasm and fun to her group classes as well as her private lessons. Emily's knowledge and passion for dance is passed on to each and every student she teaches. She does not only teach the steps, but also the technique and artistry of each dance. Emily adapts easily to the learning styles of her students and is flexible in her scheduling of lessons. Unlike many dance instructors/studios, Emily does not push her students to buy in to extra lessons and packages and she works hard to keep her costs affordable and reasonable in order to bring the joy of dancing to as many people as possible.
Ballroom Dance Instruction and PerformanceBallroom Dance Instruction and Performance
Elizabeth F.
Briana gave us a great lesson for our first dance at our wedding. Very friendly and so easy to work with!
Intentional Movement (Columbus)Intentional Movement (Columbus)
Trevor J.
I’m very happy I went with Anastasia for private dance lessons. Dancing has always been something that has intimidated me, so I was relieved to have an instructor that was professional, down to earth, and concerned with ensuring my comfort level was a priority along with the content of the lesson. She takes the unique characteristics of each student into account when determining her teaching methodology, moving at a pace that is appropriate for the student’s goals, and stretching their capabilities with just enough pressure to be conducive to a satisfying pace of progress to prepare them for larger events to showcase their dances. These dance lessons are not only an introduction and mastery of the various levels within the dances, but an immersion into the dance culture itself, complete with checkpoints like ballroom dance parties and milestones like Showcases. This provides long term goals for the students, which helps increase the pace of progress. And moving even further, there is the opportunity to take part in competitions once an adequate skill level is acquired. In about three months, I have learned the hustle, east coast swing, tango, foxtrot, and rumba to a point where I can dance them in a public setting with reasonable confidence in my abilities as a lead. There’s still so much to learn, as these dances have levels that take years to master, and I’m confident that if I stick with Anastasia, I’ll get better and better with time, beyond what I had imagined possible at the beginning of this journey. 10/10
Anastasia Gordeeva - Dance InstructorAnastasia Gordeeva - Dance Instructor
Dan M.
My fiancee and I were looking for a dance instructor to help us with our first dance at our wedding. We found Corinne on Thumbtack and she has beyond exceeded our expectations. She welcomed two people with no dance experience, made us feel very comfortable, and choreographed a 3-part dance routine to 3 different songs of our choosing. And she even cut our music! Corinne also has done Zoom dance lessons with our parents for each of our father/daughter and mother/son dances, which required much patience and recording of step-by-step instructional videos. Corinne creates really thoughtful and fantastic choreography, she is an amazing teacher, she cares about us and our dance routines, and best of all my fiancee and I really enjoy our lessons with Corinne, so much so that we are going to continue taking future classes after our big day. We cannot recommend Corinne enough!
Corinne SmithCorinne Smith
Jon L.
My girlfriend and I were looking for something fun to do during the week, and we decided dance lessons were the ticket. Of course, we didn't know anything about the dance community, and landed with Anastasia (and sometimes Enoch) mostly by chance, and their good reviews. I'm so glad that we did. If Anastasia can make a dance lesson fun and effective for a clumsy introvert like me, she's got a real skill! We had lessons weekly for quite a while, mostly focusing on tango. We laughed a lot and learned a lot. Anyway, life happened, then COVID happened, and we eventually fell off the dance wagon (even though we still remembered enough tango to bust some out at the odd wedding). But then my girlfriend became my fiancé, and we needed someone to teach us a wedding routine. We couldn't imagine working with anyone else, and we were SO happy to find that Anastasia and Enoch were still in town, and even had their studio very near by! The proximity is lucky, but we would have driven a good distance to keep working with them. Anastasia worked up an amazing routine for us based on our music choice, and we've been enjoying their new studio space even more than the old one. We look forward to our lessons every week. If you are looking to learn virtually any kind of dance, I absolutely recommend EA Dance Art. Anastasia and Enoch are amazingly talented, great teachers, and great people. I'd give six stars if I could.
Anastasia Gordeeva - Dance InstructorAnastasia Gordeeva - Dance Instructor
Thumbtack Customer
Emily was fantastic! We really enjoyed our lessons. There was a scheduling snaffu when we first arrived, but she handled everything gracefully and it was quickly resolved. She was great with us (my fiance and I have very different personalities!) and she taught us at a level that we were both comfortable with. She also recorded us so that we could not only see ourselves dance, but now we have a way to help us remember all the moves we learned! She even discussed some other details with us, like providing dance suggestions for the father/daughter and mother/son dances.
Ballroom Dance Instruction and PerformanceBallroom Dance Instruction and Performance
Jahleel J.
Anastasia is an amazing dance instructor! Her friendly, warm personality makes you feel at ease. She takes the time to get to know her student and tailor her lessons to their specific needs. Her passion and love for dance is contagious and motivates you to want to keep improving. She’s great at adapting to the learning style of her student-if you have trouble grasping a concept, she’s great at quickly figuring out an alternative method of teaching to make sure you understand. She’s versatile as well-she can teach individuals, couples, and groups. I would highly recommend her to anyone who would like to improve their dancing!
Anastasia Gordeeva - Dance InstructorAnastasia Gordeeva - Dance Instructor
Kevin B.
My wedding is coming up and I connected with Melinda about doing a 90-min refresher on some basic dance steps for our Bride/Groom - Groom/Mother dances. Melinda has a very disarming personality and is always the calmest person in the room. For something that I wasn't completely comfortable about, there wasn't a moment when I felt weird about it. She showed us some basic movements, then watched us practice, offering tips. It's pretty amazing what we learned in 90-minutes. I feel ready to dance at our wedding. She's great. This isn't some fake, robot comment. My name is Kevin, I went to a lesson 2 days ago. Give her a chance and you won't be disappointed.
Melinda BrandMelinda Brand
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