Partner Dance Connection
Partner Dance Connection

Partner Dance Connection

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Introduction: Hi, I'm Shawntil! Let's dance! I'm a dance instructor teaching private and group lessons in 20+ different partner dances, including swing, country, Latin, and ballroom styles. Line dance, too! Special event and wedding preparation is a specialty of mine since my teaching style includes goal setting and progress tracking while still keeping it light and fun. I also teach and dance-host onsite at parties (birthday, anniversary, bachelorette, graduation), events (corporate, teambuilding, receptions, family reunions, etc.), and I offer custom content programming for workshops! I have been a dance instructor for over 10 years, but beginners are my bread and butter. I'm equally as passionate about the process of learning as I am about the outcome. About Me -------------- My teaching philosophy is that every student deserves a unique plan. I find joy in discovering each individual's learning style and dance desires. We collaborate on goal setting because having something to work toward increases productivity and speeds up progress. My favorite thing about teaching people to dance is helping them conquer their fears, trust in themselves, and shine their brightest. I love seeing people allow themselves to make mistakes without giving up! Learning can require a lot of patience, and I enjoy helping students refine and improve upon a concept until that lightbulb moment when it all comes together. Partner dance changed my life in every way, and I feel it’s my calling to pay it forward. Before learning partner dance, I felt like a zombie. Working a job I loathed, antisocial and overweight, I felt totally disconnected from life. Social dancing brought me joy, better health, good friends, and something to be proud of! I had been a student for 3 years when I decided to go pro. Dance is a great activity for anyone and can promote holistic healing because it connects your mind, body, and spirit; partner dance connects your energy with your partner's. It allows us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and helps to cultivate patience and conquer fears.

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Serves Austin, TX

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12 years in business

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4 reviews


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Leanne S.
Nov 15, 2022

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We had A great experience choreographing our first dance with Shantil! She helped us get to the point where it was all about having fun!

Details: Two (ex. me and my partner) • First dance • What my teacher recommends • No, I do not have choreography in mind • Beginner • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

Partner Dance Connection's reply
It was fun for me too! I really enjoyed working with the two of you and your sparkly personalities! Thank you for being adventurous and collaborative with me and I'm glad your first dance was a success!
Wedding Dance Lessons
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Deanna D.
Oct 27, 2022

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Shawntil was the BEST. As mother-of-the-groom (and groom) with no clue about dance steps, she made it happen under short time constraints. The wedding was in Colorado but I was in California. When I flew out for the couple's shower, she squeezed my son and I in for a lesson. Then when I flew in for the bridal shower, I had just injured my knee in a fall on the way to the airport, so was virtually useless, but she carefully helped me through the routine. Finally, I drove out to the wedding (which took place this past weekend, 10-22-22) and two days before the wedding my son and I went through the song and steps. Our mother-groom dance went off without a hitch at the wedding. Shawntil's teaching style is patient, infused with humor and kindness. She employs tricks to help you remember the steps, and reduce reduce nervousness like breathing, focus and taking your time. I highly recommend Shawntil for beginners. She is wonderful!

Details: 36-45 • 65+ • Two people • Ballroom • Beginner • Preparing for a wedding • 60 minutes • As recommended by professional • My home, venue, etc.

Partner Dance Connection's reply
Deanna, thank you for such a thoughtful review! Working with you, Rhys, and Sydney was an absolute joy! I appreciated your willingness to try my outside the box approaches. I really believe there is more to dancing than just learning the steps. I'm so glad your dance went off without a hitch!
Private Dance Lessons
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Megan T.
Sep 13, 2022
We loved, loved, loved Shawntil!!! Our first dance for our wedding was so perfect, I watch videos of it and it still makes me tear up! I’m so glad we decided to do an actual dance instead of just awkwardly swaying back and forth! She was so amazing and patient with us and made it so much fun while we learned the steps. She personalized every little detail to fit us and our song and made it so special. I honestly don’t think the experience could’ve been better. Shawntil is so easy to get along with and so talented and clearly loves what she does and wants you to also enjoy it!
Partner Dance Connection's reply
I appreciate you, Megan!! You and Jack were SO much fun to work with. I loved your enthusiasm and willingness to do something you'd never done before. Thank you for trusting me and the process! I still watch the video of your first dance from time to time because I feel so much joy seeing the two of you shine together.
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Stella S.
Sep 6, 2022
Shawntil is a fabulous dancer and was a joy to work with. She demystified dancing for us and went the extra mile with her thoughtfulness, reliability, flexibility, choreography, and compassion. I can’t recommend her enough and couldn’t imagine learning how to dance for our wedding with anyone else!
Partner Dance Connection's reply
Thank you, Stella, for the kind words! Working with you and Noelle was truly a pleasure. I think we all grew over the course of that year! Thank you for your dedication in learning to dance and loving each other!
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Shawntil Bailey


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Each year, I conduct a competitor pricing analysis, so that my fees are in line with other dance professionals in the greater Austin area. Your investment is $100 per 55 minute lesson, of which $26 I pay to the studio. I am a CASH based business. No cards or online payments are accepted at this time. Though I am an independent instructor, the studio I teach at requests that my rates are in line with their own, so I am in no position to negotiate.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I believe that each client deserves their own specialized lesson plan designed around their unique goals and desires. Let's collaborate!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Go Dance Instructor Training Program Dance Vision International Instructor Certification Move Like a Champion Certification Authentic Relating Facilitator Training Program

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