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Fairfax Beginner Salsa Instructors

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Gonzalo (Gonzo)
5.0
from 87 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 153 hires on Thumbtack
Carla L.
Verified review

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!

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Saanwee Performing Arts
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Arcadius M.
Verified review

My fiance and I came in for beginner dance classes with Priti for our wedding ceremony. We both enjoy music but had zero formal dancing experience, so this was naturally a bit out there for us. Right off the bat, Priti was really great at understanding our vision and what we we're looking for in our first dance. She was able to teach us basics around ramba, salsa, and swing, which we're all incorporated into our dance routine. As beginners, learning the basics prior to learning different routine executions made putting everything together much easier in the grand scheme of things. Each lesson, she worked with us on improvements and made sure to adjust the dance accordingly based on our feedback/hesitations across particular areas. Overall, it was a very calming experience that left us very well prepared for our wedding. We are very happy with the service we received from Priti and received amazing feedback from our friends and family on our performance. We would 100% recommend her for anyone looking to work with someone reassuring, patient, and very knowledgeable in her craft. Thanks Priti!!

MyDance
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Robert B.
Verified review

I was pessimistic about this going in because I have not enjoyed dance lessons before this. Alina is outstanding and super easy to work with. My wife and I had a great experience with her and we are now the best dancers in the world.

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All About Dancing
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danae I.
Verified review

Kat was very nice and helped us a lot. We really liked the class, we are probably taking more lessons. She is a very professional and experienced salsa instructor. I recommend taking lessons with her because they are excelent

RL Dance and Coaching
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Ana V.
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My husband and I hired Robyn to teach us a choreography for a Marc Anthony song to be performed during our wedding reception in Europe. My husband is from Austria and I am from Puerto Rico so we wanted to try something different (bolero and cha-cha) instead of the traditional waltz. Robyn taught us a great choreography during 5 sessions. She was very energetic, friendly and, most of all, patient. She was also open to making changes to adjust choreography to our level. We definitely recommend Robyn for dance lessons and we are planning to rehire her for other Latin dance classes.

Ballroom by Jody
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley T.
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My fiance and I wanted a basic dance lesson so that we somewhat knew what we were doing for our first dance at our wedding. Jody was fantastic! She knew exactly what we wanted, was a very clear instructor, and taught us enough to feel proficient but not too much to be overwhelming. With a little practice, I know we'll be ready for the big day!

Fusion Urbana
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Omar P.
Verified review

Simply an Outstanding instructor. Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago my ability to have rhythm in my hips comes natural to me; however when it comes to Salsa which is brand new to me I have two left feet. Helena and her instructor collogues have made learning Salsa as a beginner as easy as 1-2-3. Though I am still learning and still get nervous the fun and encouraging atmosphere makes it easy to relax and embrace the Salsa culture. I am amazed how slowly but surely I am getting better and more confident with each class I attend. I really appreciate Helena and her efforts through Fusion Urbana. As I continue to progress I dream of one day walking into the Salsa Room ( Salsa Club) and being able to dance with any female with confidence and style. I have a good feeling that if I stay the course I will be able to accomplish this dream with the help of Helena and her staff. Thanks so much!!!!

Judicita Condezo - Ritmo DMV
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christina D.
Verified review

The brilliance of Judicita as a wedding choreographer and dance teacher is best conveyed by my husband, Andrew: I am a man who is terrified of dancing. In six weeks, Judicita took my dancing from "baby giraffe immediately after birth" to, as our wedding guests commented, "surprisingly not terrible" and "actually kind of really impressive." I did not want to jump out of a window at any point in the teaching process. Judicita was professional, empathetic, and effective both as a teacher and a choreographer. I am extremely happy with the services she provided and would recommend her in a heartbeat. I proposed to a woman of Puerto Rican/Peruvian background. She lives to dance. I was informed, lovingly and with zero wiggle room, that our first dance at the wedding would involve me doing salsa. Growing up, the blackest nightmares I ever had involved me trying and failing to dancing in front of all of my friends and family. So, choking down the terror, my then-fiancée and I contracted with Judicita to teach us (i.e. me) a choreographed 3-4 minute salsa dance. Judicita is--and I cannot stress this enough--extremely good a teaching. She has all of the normal, fundamental dance instructor skills: she's a talented dancer herself, she's very good at motion analysis and mechanics, and she's able to define and adjust choreography on the fly. But where she truly excels is her raw ability to teach. Rather than the familiar and irritating "Do this. No, like this. Point your toe more. No, like THIS. Watch me AGAIN" style of fussy instruction you get at many salsa rooms, Judicita is genuinely and patiently focused on teaching you to move. "That was great!" says Judicita with what feels like genuine excitement. "If you hold your chin a little higher the spin will be tighter, but you've really got the basic motion down!". She continually explained the "why" behind the motions, and let us learn at our own pace without getting hung up on perfection. We learned exactly what we needed for our dance. More importantly, I didn't feel like I was going to throw up from stress during lessons. I could list out many other positives: her quick and precise decisions on choreography--always listening closely to what we liked and didn't like; her flexibility in dealing with our schedule; her constant positivity and professionalism. In the end, we successfully pulled of an amazing first dance that was exactly what my bride wanted. Was I actually a born dancer? An unpolished diamond in the rough whose amazing skills were simply waiting to be discovered? A modern-day Patrick Swayze, if you will? This is what I'll keep telling myself. But the truth is, the only reason I walked out onto the floor excited, confident, and prepared, instead of nauseous and terrified, is because Judicita guided me there every step of the way. She should be teaching movie stars and professional competition dancers, instead of awkward dudes hoping to impress their partners. But thank God she does.

BHS School of Dance
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Grace D.
Verified review

I just recently began contemporary/modern/hip hop dance lessons with Brandy and I could not have asked for a better teacher! She is knowledgeable, paitient, and highly skilled. I would definitely recommend to everyone! I learned so much in just three weeks and will continue to learn so much as we move forward

Shaun P. LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Crissy S.
Verified review

Shawn did an awesome job teach 20 of my friends salsa lessons. We had so much fun laughing and dancing!

RaeDiant Movement
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Ann G.
Verified review

I took this class a few times and really enjoyed myself. The instructor Rae is very caring about beginners, and I left feeling good and not drained.

OurFirstWeddingDance.com
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Mike M.
Verified review

Salsa Lessons. I was nervous because I thought I couldn't dance, but I'm getting it. Everything went great and I would recommend to anyone looking for any kind of dancing lessons.

Crown Dance Studio
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Diana C.
Verified review

I have been looking for a place to learn more about salsa and bachata steps. First, I went to a Herndon place for dancing classes and I was dissatisfied with the quality of instruction, the attention from the staff, and the fact that they wanted to talk first about money; besides, the first lesson I took, I felt I learned nothing. Then, I went to the Crown Dance Studio for my first free class. I was impressed by the instructor, Abraham Sannoh, he was friendly and encouraging, very professional. He danced with me first, taught me about the position of body, hands, feet, movement’s techniques, so many things! I was amazed! Totally different from what I “knew” or have learned before. After long time dancing, he checked out first what my level was, then we sat down, he informed me about what I needed to learn next, he asked about me, my interest in dancing, what I wanted to learn, etc. he also gave me recommendations and gave me different options to pay for the classes. I felt he really care about me and about my personal dancing goals. At the end, I found out I got almost the double of everything I was offered in the other place, more one to one classes, more group classes and more parties, a better deal compared to the other place! For a much lower price! I will take now my third class today, and I am thinking about extending the dancing classes since I now want to learn how to dance swing and tango! So far, so good! This place is great! Excellent flooring, excellent location, excellent professional instructors… I highly recommend Crown Dance Studio.

Forever Dancing Ballroom
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mary M.
Verified review

My husband and I took our wedding dance lessons with Fabio and absolutely loved our experience! Fabio is a very knowledgeable instructor and makes the dance lessons fun and frustration free! Fabio worked with us to create a wonderful and memorable first dance that flawlessly combined our personalities and skill levels. Jennifer is fantastic and always promptly responded to all our emails and phone calls. We cannot say enough good things about Forever Dancing!

Wellness Yoda
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I signed up for personal salsa lessons and she's been extremely patient and knowledgeable. The curriculum she put together is tailored towards my style and there is a well-defined progression. She's easy going in her teaching style and fun to dance with. I highly recommend for lessons.

BlacKatz Jam Productions
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Miriam R.
    Verified review

    I wanted to learn to dance in order to be more social and mingle. I choose BlacKatz Jam because i heard what an EXCELLENT instructor Chyna is. And she certainly is!! She's engaged and excited about teaching, knows ALL the moves, and had me dancing in real dance shoes from the very beginning. Now i go dancing at least once a week!!! Learning to dance with Chyna was the best training i could have imagined. I've now moved on from salsa to ballroom and can't wait to add that to my outings! If you really want to learn the moves, understand the music and be comfortable in your shoes, give BlacKatz a try. She really is wonderful!! Miriam Rudder

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Uriya C.
    Verified review

    The guy is the ballroom world champion , very nice and knowledgeable. Three lessons and I had salsa basic moves under my belt. He is expensive a bit but worth every penny .

    Atticus M.
    Verified review

    Darrell is a deeply embodied individual who is passionate about sharing movement modalities that are playful and healing. His approach is gentle and allows beginners to feel supported.

    Eileen Torres Productions
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Hollis R.
      Verified review

      Eileen Torres was the hit of my birthday party! She drove to Baltimore on a rainy Sunday night and created magic for about 25 partygoers. The dance lessons were superb. We learned merengue, cha cha cha, and salsa. The music was excellent. She will make any gathering memorable. I recommend her with the highest praise.

      Deni Danzco
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 13 years in business
      Rob S.
      Verified review

      I started dancing with denidanzco Febuary 2015. My first class was Lara's 6 count basic West Coast Swing group class. I love the group classes and Lara is a great instructor. Lara really connects with her students. I have been taking private WCS lessons and feel I have really progressed over the past year. I have also taken Salsa with David on Monday night. If you are looking for great instruction, fun group sessions, or private lessons denidanzco gets a five star recommendstion from me on all counts. Rob S

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