Learning to dance is a secret dream for many people, but taking those first steps on the dance floor can be too intimidating. Fortunately, you can stop dreaming and start dancing with private dance lessons. Private dance lessons are available for individual students or for small, private groups. Private dance instructors can help you correct small mistakes in technique and discover where you need to improve. Students of all levels can benefit from personalized lessons because with your own private teacher, you are always improving. Dance students can be any skill level or age, from under 4 years old to over 100 — because dancing is for every generation and every body out there. You also don't need a certain level of physical fitness to learn to dance, so don't let your lack of gym time keep you from getting started.
Dance instructors offer a range of styles, including hip-hop, swing, modern or contemporary, salsa, ballroom, country, ballet, tango, tap and folk. You can work with a dance instructor who focuses on a single dance style, or take general dance lessons to better understand rhythm and learn to move your body with more confidence and ease. Dance instructors may charge varying rates for lessons based on where you live, the type of dance you are learning, or their particular training and background. Famous choreographers in Los Angeles will be able to command higher rates than a newer dance teacher in a town with a small population and a lower cost of living.
There are many wonderful reasons to take private dance lessons: as a hobby; to prepare for your wedding or a formal event like prom; to socialize with others; to get a great workout; to improve your physical health; to learn how to choreograph your own dance routines; to become more confident when out dancing with friends; or to relieve stress. You may want to dance for fun, you may be training for a competition, or you may be a professional performer who wants to keep building your skills; whatever your reason for taking private dance lessons, the outcome is always a win. If you are new to dancing, one instructor recommends starting with one lesson a week to ease into the process. Your dance teacher may give you "homework" to keep you learning throughout the week until the next lesson. If you are already comfortable with dancing, or if you have a tight timeline (the wedding is next month!), you may choose to take multiple lessons each week. Here are the cost factors for taking private dance lessons.
One-on-one dance lessons give students private instruction in a particular dance style. With individual dance lessons, you will likely learn at a faster pace than in group lessons. The instructor's full attention will be on you, your form, and your strengths and weaknesses. This is especially helpful if you have a high-stakes goal, such as preparing for a performance, but many people prefer individual lessons for the detailed instruction they receive. Private lessons also allow shy people to build their dance skills in a safe environment without prying eyes.
Private dance lessons often take place in a dance studio, but may also be available remotely if the teacher is willing to travel to the student's location. Individual lessons are typically the most expensive type of lesson because the teacher cannot earn income from other students during the lesson time. Here are some examples of average individual lesson costs:
Dance instructors may offer introductory lessons at a reduced rate to allow you to feel out their personality and teaching style, and to also allow them to learn your dancing style and instruction needs. Dance with Carolyn provides a 30-minute intro lesson during which the student shares their dance experience and goals, and she teaches them some dance steps and explains her intended strategy for teaching the student. Private dance lessons with Dance with Carolyn cost on average $95 for 45 minutes, while her intro class is offered to new individuals or couples at $49 for 30 minutes. The Connected Dancer provides private dance lessons for $95, and offers new students an introductory lesson for $60 on average.
Some dance instructors offer private instruction for small groups. Instructors may charge per lesson per person; in either case, the cost per person will be lower overall than for individual private lessons because the overall cost is shared by the group members. For example, a private lesson for one person may cost approximately $75-$95, while a semi-private lesson for three people might cost $150-$200. Dance with Carolyn offers a semi-private 45-minute lesson for three people starting at $125 per lesson.
Ongoing lessons with a dance instructor will improve your dancing ability. Many dance instructors offer package pricing that results in a lower rate per class when multiple classes are purchased at one time. Private dance instruction packages are mutually beneficial — dancers get a lower price overall, and instructors are able to guarantee ongoing business and build a dynamic teaching relationship with their students. Typically, the more classes you purchase at one time, the greater the savings you receive. Here are some examples of average tiered package pricing:
Miami Dance Fitness in Miami Beach, Florida:
Hip-hop lessons in Los Angeles:
There's probably nothing cooler than performing your own choreographed dance routine when all eyes are on you. Scratch that; having your own dance routine is _even _cooler when you are performing it in front of all your loved ones at your own wedding. Wedding trends show that having a show-stopping first dance is becoming more popular. So whether you want to gracefully perform a classic first-dance waltz or work it out with a 90s-inspired throwback jam, private dance instruction will prepare you to do so with style. Private instruction for wedding choreography is popular, so most dance instructors provide specialized wedding packages to prepare newlyweds for their big day. Look for a dance studio or instructor who specializes in the style of dancing you would like to showcase at your wedding. If you want to dance to Salt-N-Pepa for your first dance, you probably should not target a dance instructor who specializes in the foxtrot. Dance instructors offer special pricing for couples to learn ballroom, hip-hop or other first-dance choreography.
Here's one hip-hop instructor's average prices for wedding packages in Los Angeles:
Planning ahead can keep you from losing money for cancelling or rescheduling private dance lessons. Private instruction means the teacher has set that time aside solely for you. If you are unable to attend, they don't have other students during that time to make up the financial loss your absence represents. For this reason, many private dance instructors have policies and fees for last-minute cancellations or reschedulings. Some teachers require you to cancel or reschedule at least 24 hours before your lesson or you will be charged a fee, such as 50 percent of the cost of the lesson. Other instructors, such as Dance with Carolyn, will charge 100 percent of the cost for any lesson canceled less than 24 hours in advance. You should also ask about lateness policies; your lesson may be canceled or you may have to pay full price for a partial lesson if you arrive after the start time.
Taking private dance lessons may be intimidating if you are nervous about moving to music or feel uncertain learning something new. It's important to find a dance instructor that you trust and who gives you confidence. Even if learning to dance is scary or new, it will still be fun if you have the right teacher. Follow these steps for finding a great dance instructor:
There's no need to be nervous before you start your private dance lessons. Plan to wear comfortable clothing that's made for being active — save that hoopskirt and ball gown for your ballroom dance competition performance. Hip-hop instructors might recommend loose-fitting clothing that you can move in, while ballet or salsa dance instructors may recommend closer-fitting clothing. You can ask your instructor if there are specific shoes you should plan to wear, but in general you should be ready for beginning lessons of any kind with athletic sneakers that have a non-marking sole. Bring a water bottle, as well as a gym towel in case you work up a sweat. If you have any health concerns, check with your health care provider before you start dancing for the first time. Then just get ready to have fun.
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