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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 Arlington dance instructors
Coleen L.
Planning our daughter’s wedding and we want to be able to “dance”. Gonzo was wonderful. First lesson and we walked away with a much better understanding of dancing together. Gonzo made the lesson fun and we plan to be back for more lessons
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Erica J.
Dance lessons with Gonzo are so fun and I'm learning a lot!
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Chandhini B.
We had a fun, informative first dance lesson. Looking forward to more!
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Rebecca R.
She. Is. Wonderful! My husband and I have such a fun time at her lessons, both dancing and enjoying her company! She is a skilled professional that will make you feel comfortable regardless of your capability. You must try her classes!
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Christine B.
Gonzalo is absolutely amazing! We booked a session for our first dance and he was able to take our dance from 0 to 100. I have a background in dance and choreography, but not ballroom, and he was able to help us finish choreographing the whole dance in the first session! We loved our session so much we booked a second one and he absolutely delivered. He helped us take our choreography and really make it personal for our wedding. He is extremely knowledgeable and makes great suggestions for any level. His technique is fantastic and really understands the dynamic of the couple he works with and the vibe of the piece. He is also extremely respectful and professional. I Highly highly recommend booking a lesson with Gonzalo for any first dance needs, or a fun date night!
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Kevin J.
Gonzalo was the perfect person to help us prepare for the first dance at our wedding! In two lessons, we were able to put together a very reasonable dance that still had stylish flourishes. Gonzalo's teaching style is very supportive and he was able to bridge the skill gap between my former-ballerina fiancee and me. Gonzalo accommodated our short time-frame and our unusual schedules. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the area looking to get ready quickly without sacrificing quality!
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