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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
Private Dance Lessons
We enjoyed our lesson and look forward to our next session.Sep 5, 2017
Private Dance Lessons
Linda made me feel very comfortable dancing. She is an amazing teacher.Jun 30, 2015Verified
Wedding Dance Lessons
Wedding First Dance! She helped us to learn the basics. Thank you!Nov 19, 2017
Wedding Dance Lessons
Linda helped us a lot when we had a very tight schedule to learn our first dance before our wedding. She is very responsive through emails and message, and she is very knowledgeable about all kinds of music and dances.Jul 19, 2017Verified
- 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.