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6344 NE 74th St OR 19820 40th Ave W,
Seattle or Lynnwood, WA 98115
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Frequently asked Questions about Private Lessons

Date Published:
August 15, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions About Private Dance Lessons

How to get Started: Call us at 206-618-9624
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1. Is the lesson rate per person? No, the private lesson and package rates are for the couple. Please inquire about group rates for additional people.

2. "How long is one lesson?"
Each lesson is 55 minutes long.
The rehearsal space is rented by the hour, and I usually schedule clients back-to-back, so it is not always possible to run overtime, since you would be cutting into someone else's hour. Please try to arrive on time.

3. "Do we have to sign up for a package of lessons if we don't feel that we can fit it into our schedule?"No, you are more than welcome to pay per lesson as you go.

4."What form of payment do you accept?"
I accept payment in person cash or check only.
I accept credit card payments on the website Via only. is a safe and secure way to make online credit or debit card payments without giving your personal information or credit or debit card information to merchants or websites. It's Great! Millions of people doing business on Ebay or online shopping use it.

5. Would it be better to try some group classes before we sign up for a private lesson? NO! Group classes are not for everyone!
Private versus Group Classes
Especially for couples, if you are looking to dance with that one special partner you may not enjoy a group class that has you rotating partners and dancing with other people for the majority of the lesson. Most Group Classes do not teach wedding dance material, don't waste your time on something you are probably not going to use.
Many Ballroom dance techniques are not right for wedding dancing, such as not looking at each other! For people that have never taken a lesson , group class is not the best way to be introduced.
Group Classes usually have a set lesson plan. If you don't get it right away, they move on without you leaving you feeling discouraged and confused. Private lessons move at your learning pace and every lesson is individualized to ensure that YOU GET IT!
Private Lessons will have you dancing with your partner and having fun in a much shorter time!
In a Private Lesson you will dance with your professional instructor and get the correct feel of the dance.
In Group Classes you will dance with other beginners and sometimes get the wrong feeling!

People will often compare themselves to others in the group without having any knowledge of the other's experience level.
If your are trying to convince your man into taking dance lessons, do not attend a group class first, they can be discouraged by a number of things and some will decide dancing is not for them after a bad experience.

"What is the best to make an appointment-- phone or email?"
You are welcome to do either...
however, it is easier for me if you email me all the info.
I do not take phone calls while on lessons and I teach at all different hours. On a busy week I can get 20+ calls on the voicemail.
It is easier for me if you email me all the info.

What should we wear to the dance lesson?
Ladies should not wear open toed shoes to the first lesson if possible.
please protect your feet from him until he learns his steps. No Thongs.
Shoes that stay on your feet are best. Heels with ankle straps are very nice.
Dress is casual, sneakers are ok on the first lesson, dress shoes or wedding shoes by the last lesson.
Smooth leather sole or THIN Soled shoes that stay on your feet are best. No Mules. No Clogs.
The worst shoes for dancing are flat thongs, clogs, clunky platforms,
mules, platform boots.

Do you offer a FREE trial lesson?

Beware of "FREE" lessons! You get what you pay for! Free lessons are not given out of the kindness of a studio's heart, most "free lessons" at dance studios are simply a lure to get you through the door. Much of the lesson is spent convincing you of the benefits of dance as a lifetime hobby and reviewing lengthy and expensive packages. The free lesson’s emphasis is not actually on learning to dance but rather on selling you more lessons. It costs a dance studio thousands of dollars to create a dance instructor and promote their business. Therefore, studios do not give away QUALITY private lessons for free. Therefore, they must recoup their loss on the "FREE" lesson by hiking up the price on any lessons you purchase in the future. A "FREE" lessons generally consists of 20 minutes of dance instruction (which may not even focus entirely on your actual dancing goals) and the rest of the "lesson" is a sales pitch. Your time is valuable, studios should respect your time by answering all your questions over the phone, by email or on their website. The first sign that a studio is in the higher price bracket is if they refuse to quote you their rates over the phone and/or don't post them on their website. Other studios know each other's prices, so you have to ask yourself...who are they hiding them from? If you have to spend your valuable time finding out that a studio is too expensive or doesn't meet your needs or expectations, isn't that already too high a price to pay for a "FREE" lesson?

With me, you can expect answers to all your questions before even walking through our door. The lesson is intensive and focused on your specific needs from the onset.

How do you ensure customer satisfaction?

1. Provide a timely response to your emails and phone calls.
2. Provide full answers to all your questions online or on the phone before even walking through our door.
3. Read the teachers' bios, testimonials and teaching philosophy before you even walk thru the door.
4. No pressure or sales pitch during your lessons or EVER!
5. Convenient weekend and evening hours.
6. Present you with all the most valuable and important material and techniques on the first lesson! I don't hold back on teaching material.
7. Schedule lessons well in advance
8. I extended the lesson duration to :55 minutes when the industry standard is :40 - :45 minutes.
9. My lessons are moderately priced and I publish them so you know you are being charged the same as the next client.
10. Offer discounted wedding packages.
11. Only the best, most experienced instructors. No trainees.
12. Offer private lessons "a la carte" so you can control how few or how many you purchase.

Flexibility in package options: Be wary of studios who insist you cannot benefit from just one lesson or worse do not allow you to purchase only one lesson! Even one lesson with the right instructor can show remarkable results. Some students time or budget do not allow for more than one lesson. I created this niche in the Seattle area years ago because I saw a need was not being met. I have been flattered by those attempting to imitate me or my website.

The Teacher: The personality, demeanor, image, teaching style are all important factors to consider when selecting a dance teacher. Just because they are good dancers does not guarantee that they will be good teachers. The teacher must genuinely enjoy working with beginners and ideally have compassion and understanding.

The Script: If you feel your instructor is using a scripted sales pitch, They probably are!
Your 20 year old instructor, Miss Sweet, will usually try to make it seem important by calling you Mr. Jones & Miss Smith. What she cannot tell you is where all of that expensive lesson money goes, because she only makes $13 an hour and is only prompted and scripted on her sales meetings just minutes before your appointment. Those instructors are young, naive and temporary. They usually are only in "training class". Unfortunately they are also "scripted" to lie about their experience, training and level or qualification so it is very difficult to distinguish. They are also not allowed to teach beyond the material planned to be taught for that days sales procedure so if you ask to "see something different" your instructor will probably not know anything else or be allowed to show you.
If they are trying to sell you the benefits of coming to their group classes and parties and want to sell you a package that includes these, you are probably at one of these studios.
If you are often supervised or have your lessons interrupted by a manager, you are on a sales procedure.

Contracts: I don't use them. I don't sell more than 20 lessons at a time and we will schedule all lessons paid for. I do not schedule any of your lesson time for "talking about money" and I will never take you into an office.
Phone or email is great for extra questions.
I do not have a manager or second salesperson that is going to check up on us and I personally take responsibilty for everything I do.

We feel overwhelmed. How do we select a dance studio/instructor?

If after reading all of these you still can't decide, call me, I will be happy to answer questions and chat with you about your visions and concerns.