Frequently Asked Questions
It may be intimidating to take the plunge into dancing but you shouldn't be afraid! We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions as a guide to make your experience an enjoyable one. Please feel free to call the studio and we'll be happy to answer any other questions you may have as well.
Q: How do I get started?
A: We recommend starting with our Newcomer Special. Taking dance lessons or dance classes can be a little intimidating in the beginning and getting started with private lessons is sometimes preferred. Our highly discounted package offers new students the opportunity to give it a try in a one on one situation. Men, especially prefer a few private lessons before venturing into group classes or attending Friday socials.
For $99 (singles or couples), you get three private lessons, one group class, and one Friday night social. OR, maybe just check us out on Friday night or any of our beginner friendly group classes and are drop-in at $10 per person. Our group classes are designed for the complete novice with two left feet! Fridays we rotate the dances taught, so no reservation or experience is needed and we are always starting “from the top”. Our Tuesday night ballroom class, and Thursday night Latin class are also open to newcomers. You don't need an appointment for these classes, just show up a few minutes early to sign in. If you have a wedding or other dance deadline or prefer more individualized attention, we also offer private lesson packages. Many students find it helpful to take a combination of private and group lessons to get started. Some schedules do not allow for group lessons and therefore private lessons are more convenient.
Q: I don't have a partner, can I come by myself?
A: Singles and Couples are welcome for all our group classes, Friday socials or even our Group Classes. In our group classes it is recommended to rotate partners for a thirty percent faster learning. We always welcome singles to our Friday dances. We recommend making our weekly socials as part of your dance progress. For every hour of instruction it is recommended that you practice two to three hours individually. Our Friday socials are imperative to the growth of our students.
Q: What if I am uncomfortable rotating partners in a group class?
A: It has been proven that you will learn to dance at least 30% faster by rotating partners. This is because partner dancing is not just a matter of learning where your feet go, but learning how to lead and follow. In a group class you will have students with different abilities and experience. Especially in newcomer classes, dancing with a variety of partners can help you learn faster than trying to struggle through with your own equally inexperienced partner. If you have any reservations about changing partners, please talk to the instructor before the start of class. We highly recommend and encourage you to rotate partners, but will not force you to do anything that you find uncomfortable.
Q: Which dances should I learn?
A: There are six major ballroom dances: foxtrot, waltz, tango, cha cha, rumba, and swing. Knowing a few steps in each of these dances will allow you to dance to a wide variety of music. . For special occasions such as a wedding, you can bring in your music and we can recommend which type of dance best fits your song.
Q: How long does it take to learn to dance?
A: We can get you up and moving in as little as one or two lessons, but it takes a little longer to become a refined dancer. A lot depends on how often you take lessons and practice. The average student takes anywhere from six months to a year to feel confident on the dance floor. Most people feel they learn 3 times faster on private lessons and like the personal attention and convenience.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: We offer many options to fit your budget and schedule. Our group classes are $12/person at the door or you can purchase a 10-class card for $80. (some specialty classes priced differently to include workshops). Private lessons range in price from $65 to $90 per hour lesson or you can purchase a package. Our New Student Special is (3) 30 minute private lessons for $99. This package is good for students who have not yet taken private lessons at Dancemasters Ballroom. The price is good for singles or couples. We also offer a (6) 30 minute Private Lesson Package for $189. Up to 4 people/2couples may share the 5-Lesson or 10-Lesson packages. Our Friday night dance parties are $10/person at the door. We also offer student pricing for those under age 18 or with student ID.
Q: Are there contracts or long term commitments?
A: Not at all! We offer several options for short term or longer term lessons. You can pay by the class, purchase a package, or we also offer discounted monthly packages for people who dance a lot and want more savings. You can drop in to any group class or Friday party and just pay at the door. You can purchase private lessons individually or save money with a package. We offer discounted pricing on both privates and groups when purchased in a package.
Q: How do I register?
A: You don't need to register for group classes or Friday parties. Just show up a few minutes early and sign in. Private lessons are by appointment, please call ahead to schedule.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Wear comfortable, casual clothing and shoes with a smooth or leather sole. Tennis shoes or other rubber-soled shoes tend to stick to the floor. Ladies, please do not wear backless shoes (mules, flip-flops, etc.) Generally low heels or flats are best for beginners.