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Linda is a great instructor and just a generally nice person all around. We had essentially zero experience coming into the lessons (we had a few private lessons) but she put up with our shenanigans and helped us successfully navigate our wedding dance (which for us was a bit nerve-racking). She had a really great sense for where to push on us, but also eased up when we were clearly struggling. Definitely recommend!Oct 11, 2016
My husband and I had never taken any dance lessons but wanted to learn some moves for our wedding. We took a total of 3 lessons with Linda and were able to wow our guests during our first dance. Linda was such a great teacher. She was able to cater her instructions to our requests and needs, which was greatly appreciate since we had no experience. She was patient, knowledgable, encouraging, and most of all, she was fun! The atmosphere was light and comfortable and we had such a wonderful experience. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!Jul 22, 2014
My husband and I loved working with Linda to prepare for the first dance at our wedding! She embodies that rare combination of being a gifted and inspirational teacher + a pure joy to be around. When we started, we had no absolutely clue how to dance and worried about our first dance for MONTHS... but under Linda's joy-filled and gentle guidance, we learned how to dance (and felt great doing it!) At our wedding, we got compliments on our first dance! People said we looked so smooth and graceful, like real professionals (and this is amazing because we had zero dance skills before we met Linda.) We now feel comfortable dancing in almost any setting, and we have so much fun doing it. We no longer feel shy or inhibited... we just dance and enjoy ourselves! This is all thanks to Linda, who has a knack for helping people find their confidence. She helped us discover the joy in every movement. Our dance lessons are some of our very favorite memories from our wedding planning days, and I smile when I think of them. Any couple would be lucky to work with Linda -- she spreads joy just by being herself and helps clumsy people feel super elegant :) She's also unfailing prompt, very reasonably priced (dancing is a skill you can use for life, brings so much joy, and her lessons were worth every penny), and she responds quickly to emails. We HIGHLY recommend her to every engaged couple!Jul 24, 2014
I was probably the WORST student any dance instructor could run into. I was totally overwhelmed with the wedding and I'm generally a really anxious person. The combination meant that at our first lesson, I froze and almost burst into tears before the music even came on. Linda rolled with it. She put up with my sitting on the side until I could take a few steps, leaving the lesson early cause I was so nervous, etc etc etc. I really do not know how she put up with me. Bit by bit, it started coming together. And after a remarkably short period time, my then fiance and I were dancing. And she let us bring our bridal party in for a lesson and we were all dancing. The wedding was wonderful. I danced happily in front of everyone. There are pictures. There are even pictures I'm not embarrassed of. :) I hate to send anyone else like me to Linda, as I was a ridiculous amount of work. But if you freeze and cry at the mere idea of your clumsy feet and flabby upper arms turning in circles in front of everyone you know, and being documented for all the world to see - I'd definitely call her up. I don't remember how much she charges, but it wasn't nearly enough. So if you're as tough as me, definitely tip her. :)Sep 10, 2014
Private Dance Lessons
We enjoyed our lesson and look forward to our next session.Sep 5, 2017
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I teach classes and private lessons in several studios in North East Seattle. Private Lessons * Private lessons are by appointment -- for wedding couples, other couples, singles and private groups. * Lessons are an hour long. * Rates vary by studio, day of the week and time of day, and range from $85-$100/hour. * There are no packages or required number of lessons, students can schedule the exact number of lessons you want. * Students prepay your first and last lessons to confirm any number of lessons. * Additional lessons can be paid in advance or at the time of the lesson by cash, check, Paypal or credit card. I accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. * Students can add or subtract lessons as needed. Classes * I teach beginning and intermediate classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and hold a weekly dance in NE Seattle. Monday’s class and dance is in Northgate, just north of the Northgate Mall. The class is beginner-friendly, drop-in and progressive. Both class and dance are open to the public. Find more information on my website. * Wednesday’s classes are in the University District on the “Ave.” I teach beginning and intermediate classes in various styles of swing, waltz, blues and latin dances. Pre-registration required. Find more information on my website.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?When I'm working with beginning dancers I often need to reassure them that dancing is not some foreign thing from another planet -- that it's actually part of life and they *can* learn to do it. So we start by helping them realize that they already know more about how to dance than they think they do. Then we look at what they know they know. Walking. And we move on from there, in chunks as small or large as are needed to progress to each next step in the process, until they are satisfied -- and happy. With experienced dancers who are learning a new dance, we can often speed that process along by relating what they know from other dances to the new one. Learning new dances is much like learning new languages -- each one relates to the others and the more languages you know, the easier it is to learn another one. Dancing is like that. For experienced dancers who want to resolve a problem they're having, we spend some time diagnosing the problem, then we take apart what isn't working, reconstruct it in a new way and practice and refine that to instill it into muscle memory so the resolution becomes part of their dancing.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I'm a certificated classroom teacher with a degree in education and additional study in psychology, counseling and how people learn. In a variety of capacities and subject areas, ranging from child development to arts based education, I've worked with and taught people of all ages, from infants through teens and adults, to senior citizens. I've been dancing all my life, studying: * ballet, tap and figure skating, starting as a young child * ballet and modern dance as a teen and adult * social dancing as a teen and adult, many styles of partnered dance * jazz, African, Afro-Caribbean, historical dance, as an adult I've studied dance with international, national and local instructors and continue to study and practice dance and teaching. I currently research and teach social dancing and the history of American popular music, dance and culture at the university level.