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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 Alexandria dance instructors
Thumbtack Customer
Gonzalo is a terrific dance instructor! We're a couple with "two left feet" and wanted to learn the basics of social dancing. We've had 2 lessons so far and, with Gonzalo's instruction, now feel confident, and are adept enough, to get out on the dance floor at weddings and other social events without embarrassing ourselves! He's very patient, great at demonstrating steps, practices the dance with you, and allows you to progress at your own pace. We're looking forward to future lessons and conquering the salsa!
Gonzalo (Gonzo)Gonzalo (Gonzo)
Madeline B.
We’ve just started working with Priti to do dance lessons for our wedding. We got so much out of just the consultation lesson! She was so thorough in getting to what we wanted, who we were, and what we were hoping for from the experience. So excited to work with her to perfect our first dance!!
Saanwee Performing ArtsSaanwee Performing Arts
Janna T.
Gonzalo was great! My husband and I hired Gonzalo to help us with our wedding dance. We both had very limited dance experience. With 5 lessons from Gonzalo over a couple of months, we totally rocked our wedding dance! He was also very flexible with our schedules, and was able to reschedule as needed given fair notice. We are 100% happy this experience!
Gonzalo (Gonzo)Gonzalo (Gonzo)
Thumbtack Customer
Wow! We made the best choice in Alina as a dance instructor. Dance lessons were my favorite part of the whole wedding planning process. I looked forward to it every week and I also loved practicing in between. Alina is a real teacher and choreographer. There is structure to the one hour lesson. We learned basic steps individually with her leading us, then she wove those steps into a dance using our chosen song, then she would make sure we repeated it enough times to commit it to memory and give us recommendations/corrections. In the last 5 minutes of class she had us do the dance one more time full out while she video taped it on my phone. This was so helpful because then if we forgot anything we could go back to the video. Alina was very personable, but I say that she's a real teacher because she knows how to get down to business and make progress within the one hour class. We didn't waste any time and we made so much progress in just 4 classes. My partner was not as enthusiastic as me from the beginning, but my partner said she wished that we had started earlier and booked 10 lessons. I watched my partner's confidence grow over the course of the 4 lessons which was really a bonus for both of us and I attribute that to Alina's guidance and instruction. I am certain also that Alina can choreograph dance after dance even in her sleep. Her mind is filled with dance moves and she's able to quickly and expertly weave them together for the dance. We handed her music at our first lesson that she hadn't had a chance to listen to yet, and she didn't even skip a beat in choreographing the dance. It's impressive. I highly recommend Alina for any couples getting married. You won't be disappointed!!
Jill N.
We loved Gonzalo! He was friendly and funny and easy to work with. He assessed where we were to start and tailored his lessons to build on that. He was great at explaining concepts in different ways and showing us what he meant, working with each of us separately (he can both lead and follow with ease!) We met about once a week for about six months, in our home. The last couple weeks we met at our outdoor wedding venue and danced on the patio that would serve as our dance floor. We'll miss seeing him regularly! Everyone loved our first dance, and our second dance (a "flash mob" with our wedding party and friends) and Gonzalo was a big part of that success. Highly recommend!
Gonzalo (Gonzo)Gonzalo (Gonzo)
Thumbtack Customer
Gonzo is a fabulous teacher! He is patient, kind, and professional. His close attention to detail and friendly approach make it fun and easy to learn. In just a few lessons, Gonzo has transformed us from inexperienced, clumsy dancers, into confident, graceful partners who are looking forward to showing off our new moves during the first dance on our wedding day. I would definitely recommend anyone to work with Gonzo, he's just great!
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