FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

We would like to take lessons for our upcoming wedding. 
How soon should we start?

It's never too early to start taking lessons, even if you just want something simple. Although you may learn quickly, the sooner you are comfortable with even a few basic steps, the more time you have to practice and feel confident. By starting early, you have time to schedule a few extra lessons (if you decide you need them) without feeling too much last-minute pressure.

You also may want to dance to the different kinds of music your DJ will play during the reception. You can learn a few different styles to keep you dancing the entire evening!

Keep in mind, the last few weeks leading up to a wedding can be stressful, and anything can happen: last-minute appointments with other wedding vendors, schedule conflicts, visiting family, unexpected illness, work obligations, etc. It's best to allow as much time as possible to so that you feel relaxed during your lessons, and to allow for rescheduling should the need arise. 

How many lessons will we need to learn our wedding dance?

Every couple is different, and everyone learns at a different pace. For most couples, five lessons is enough to be comfortable improvising with a basic step, some variations and a turn or two: enough to get through a fairly short song. I have personally noticed that simple basics tend to "click" around lesson three, and then the real learning begins!

Additional lessons will provide you with a much more polished look and a greater variety of steps to make things more fun and interesting! 

How many lessons will it take for me to learn to dance?

Ah-ha! This is a question with a less straightforward answer. For that less straightforward (read: waxing philosophical) answer, check out this post: How many lessons...click here.

We would like to recreate a particular dance scene/routine from a video/movie/series for an upcoming wedding/event. Can we do this?

Sure! This is always incredibly fun, and it's sure to surprise and delight your guests. It's quite a bit more complicated and challenging, so I recommend starting as early as possible. 

On top of learning dance movements, putting it together into a routine is an entirely different challenge and requires a lot of additional practice: It requires memorizing the order and understanding the transitions between different patterns and combinations, understanding the music and its counts, and still being able to lead and follow the movements. There must also be a certain amount of flexibility: if a mistake is made or a cue is missed, you must learn how to catch the music again and recover. 

What shoes should I wear? 

For safety reasons, I recommend avoiding flip-flops. Loose sandals are not secure on your feet and can create a tripping hazard. I also suggest avoiding gym shoes since they are often bulky, and rubber soles stick to the floor and make movement difficult. Comfortable, well-secured shoes that can slide on a wooden floor are best. Ladies may want to wear flats or a comfortable pair of heels (without a platform). Dress shoes, or dressy-casual shoes work well for the gentlemen. The idea is to wear something that is comfortable and supportive, and that allows your feet to articulate naturally.

Nothing beats a pair of shoes designed for dancing! If you plan on advancing and continuing to dance socially, you will want to invest in a good pair of dance shoes.

Is there a cancellation policy? 

Yes. I ask that clients give at least 24 hours notice before cancelling a lesson. Appointment times are limited, and last-minute cancellations are unfair to others who may have been turned down for the same appointment. They are unfair to the instructor as well who pays to rent studio space, and may still be responsible for those fees even if a client cancels. Same-day cancellations and "no-shows" will be subject to forfeiture or rescheduling fee.

We don't have a wedding or special event coming up, but we're interested in learning to dance just in general. What should we learn?
Some people already know what style they'd like to learn, but if you're not sure where to start, here are some ideas: Think about the kinds of music that you like, or think about situations or venues where you'd like to be able to dance. If you like high-energy music and you'd like to frequent Latin dancing venues, Salsa and Bachata will be most useful. If you're not sure where you'd want to use your dance moves, but want to be able to adapt to different styles of music (such as at a wedding, on a cruise, holiday parties, etc.), general ballroom styles (waltz, foxtrot, rumba) are a good place to start. If you like country music and frequently visit places where it's played, then two-step might be your first choice. If you want something different and artistic, Argentine Tango is a fulfilling challenge!

What do you mean by "a private room is not guaranteed?"

I am delighted to have access to Clique Studios in Carrollton. Please keep in mind that the entire facility is shared by several independent dance instructors. Each of whom, like me, is running his or her own business. During high-volume hours (weekends, and weekdays after 5pm), there is a lot of activity in the studio. The smaller, private rooms are often occupied while the larger dance floors are shared. Dance instructors are used to this, and are courteous and professional about sharing the dance floor and the music.

A "private lesson" means that you will be receiving one-on-one attention from your instructor.  A large dance floor can comfortably accommodate multiple private lessons. This is typical of dance studios everywhere, and most people do not find this bothersome once their lesson begins.

If you absolutely must have a private room, consider scheduling lessons during low-volume hours, such as weekdays before 5pm. Alternatively, private rooms can be reserved for additional floor fees.