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How much do private dance lessons cost?

Average cost in 20149: $70 See National


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The average cost for a dance instructor is $70. You are likely to spend between $40 and $125 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated September 1st, 2017

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Private dance lessons are offered one-on-one to individual students or to small, private groups. Dance students may be any skill level or age ranging from under 4 years old to over 100. Instructors offer a range of styles, including hip-hop, swing, modern or contemporary, salsa, ballroom, country, ballet, tango, tap and folk. People take private dance lessons as a hobby, to prepare for a wedding or other event, to socialize with others, to get a workout or improve physical health, to learn how to choreograph and to relieve stress. Several factors affect the cost of private dance lessons.


One-on-one dance lessons give students private instruction on a particular dance style. 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 the most expensive lessons to take because the teacher cannot earn income from other students during the one-on-one lesson. Here are some examples of individual lesson costs:

Small group

Some dance instructors offer private instruction for small groups. Rates may be based on a per-lesson basis or per-person basis. In either instance, the cost per person will be lower overall than for individual private lessons because the overall cost is shared by the group members.


Many dance instructors offer package pricing when a bundle of lessons are pre-purchased. The cost will be higher upfront but lower on a per-class basis. Packages are mutually beneficial—students get a lower price overall and instructors guarantee ongoing business. Here are some examples of tiered package pricing:

  • Miami Dance Fitness in Miami Beach, Florida:

    • Two 120-minute lessons at client’s home: $280 ($70 per hour)

    • Five 120-minute lessons at client’s home: $500 ($50 per hour)

    • Thirteen 120-minute lessons at client’s home: $999 ($40 per hour)
  • 8ighty/2wnty:

    • Five 60-minute lessons: $340, $85 less than when purchasing classes individually

    • Eight 60-minute lessons: $510, a $170 savings

    • Twelve 60-minute lessons: $765, a $255 savings


Private instruction for wedding choreography is popular. Many dance instructors offer special pricing for learning ballroom, hip hop or other first-dance choreography. Here’s how 8ighty/2wnty charges for wedding packages:

  • Five general reception/social dancing lessons: $500

  • Five lessons, including first-dance choreography, music cut and edit: $800

  • Five lessons, including first dance choreography, music cut, edit and social dancing lessons: $1,000

  • Additional lessons: $85 each

Intro lesson

Some instructors and studios offer a reduced rate introductory lesson to allow the student to

see what to expect and for the instructor to assess the student’s skill level. For example, The Connected Dancer charges $60 for an individual introductory lesson versus the regular $95 individual lesson.

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Recent reviews

Ballroom Pulse

The dancing lesson I received was very fun! From scheduling to the lesson itself, everything was professional and easy for me to set up. I appreciated the relaxed setting; it made a newbie like me feel at ease. My boyfriend and I are both beginner dancers, but we were able to pick everything up thanks to Elisa's instruction. She's an excellent teacher and I would definitely recommend Ballroom Pulse to anyone looking for a high quality (yet affordable) lesson.

Your Traveling Dance Consultants

Garry Gekhman is an amazing dance instructor!! My fiance and I sought him out for help on our First Dance routine. He was fast, constructive, and a great choreographer (he did most of our choreography in only 1 lesson!). He was also very reasonably priced, and for the quality of lesson - a true steal! Although we were initially intimidated because Gary is a US Ballroom Champion and was chosen to perform on Dancing with the Stars (and we were relatively inexperienced), he was incredibly personable - professional, but at the same time funny and approachable - and I can't say enough good things about him and our experience with Falls Church Dance Spot!

The Connected Dancer

Katie and Shawn are the best teachers I have ever had, in any subject. I attended California Institute of the Arts and had some awesome teachers. Still, they are the best. It's the way they handle the fundamentals that set them apart. Think Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid, only for dance. I'm a beginner. I was not in the Cal Arts dance school. They instinctively can find your strong and weak points. Instinct, experience, enthusiasm, and hard work, I surmise. Anyway they made it doable for me. I appreciate it. A lifetime of dance for a small fee. We'll worth it.