I have taken ballroom lessons at this studio for a little over two years and still love every minute of it. My teachers are Slash Sharan and Sergey Smolin, who are both patient, personable, funny, and very knowledgeable! I am also so thankful for them b/c they are understanding of my crazy schedule, financial limitations, and passion for the artistic side of dance. I focus moreso on competitive dancing, and I love the challenge that I still feel with each lesson but at the same time have fun and feel that I continue to grow as a dancer. I am also the most physically fit than ever before.
The great thing about this studio is its versatility. Every instructor has the personal and professional skills to help a student be a better performer, social dancer, competitive dancer, etc. There are also many avenues for your dancing; you can just take lessons and have fun with those in and of themselves, perform at a small Friday night practice party or a big stage at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, dance at Practice Night, which simulates a competition scene (this is unique to the studio), compete at a small regional competition or a big national one in Puerto Rico, or prepare a dance for your wedding. I have much respect for the instructors here b/c it is not an easy task to teach someone the intricacies and physics/mechanics of dance, but the teachers make it seem effortless, along with their endless patience. I have known Slash and Sergey for a while, and they are genuine people who are passionate about what they do (teaching others how to dance and also dancing/competing themselves). It is heartwarming to be part of this group of people.
My dance tip for anyone who joins the studio is to practice on your own what it is these instructors teach you. The information is so valuable. Most people here take the 40-minute private lessons (although there are group classes, too), and you can move at your own pace. If you work on this beautiful craft, you will find yourself growing more than you ever thought you would, and it makes you feel good about yourself and motivated to be even better than what you were before. It also helps that these instructors are committed to helping you achieve success and to ensure that you feel happy with your dancing.
Overall, I am very happy here, and dancing has done wonders for my health. I feel blessed to know these people who have a positive and passionate attitude towards dance and life. I recommend it to anyone!