Private Lessons


Private lessons are the best way to learn how to dance. Our patient, caring instructors will help you figure out what dance you want to learn and break down the steps in a way that makes sense to you.

People often feel a little awkward before their first lesson.

“What have I gotten myself into?!”

It’s amazing to watch that nervousness melt away! Our students generally walk out of the studio thinking,

“Wow, I can actually do this!”

Walking through the door is the hardest step.​

Each private lesson is:

  • 60 minutes

  • Custom-tailored to you

  • And you don’t need a partner!

How New Students Get Started


The Foundation Course just scratches the surface of the basics and gets us prepared to dive into the dances we end up choosing for your Bronze program.

If you are not new to dancing, these lessons give your instructor time to evaluate and make improvements based on your current skill level. If you are new to dancing, like most people, this course gives your instructor time to introduce basic patterns and concepts you will be able to use right away.

The Bronze level of dancing is broken up into 4 levels: 1, 2, 3 and 4. By the time a student gets to a Bronze 4 level, they have achieved enough competency to never have to take another lesson if all they want is to be a great social dancer.

That level may take somebody roughly 2-4 years depending on how many dances are being learned all at once and how often they take lessons and most importantly, practice what they have learned in between their lessons.

Foundation Course

Our Foundation Course is what new students start with. This is 4 private lessons at an introductory rate of $180 for the couple or a single student and this is paid on your first lesson. All lessons are 1 hour each.

We will focus on the dances you want to learn while establishing what long-term goals you have for dancing. At the end of each lesson, your instructor will take a couple minutes to introduce concepts and best practices of how to get the most of your lessons and create good student habits.

Ideally, this course should be taken in a two week period for best results. After the Foundation Course is completed, a Bronze Program is what follows next.

Bronze Program

This is a larger, personally planned dance program tailored to you and is longer than the initial 4 private lessons. Programs can sometimes be around 10 to 100 private lessons spread out over a year or two.

It all just depends on your goals. At the end of one of your lessons, we will explain more about that or we can always give you a call. Lessons are then taken at the regular enrollment price of $75/lesson; typically made in monthly installments. i.e.

One lesson a week/4 lessons a month/$300 a month. 2 lessons a week/8 lessons a month/$600 a month. Some students take 2 lessons a week, but 1 private lesson a week is the most common.

Bottom line, the more time you give me to see you each week, the quicker you will learn.


Private lessons are made by appointment M-F, Noon - 10pm and Weekends by request.

We offer in-studio private lessons and online for those who may not be able to see us in person.


Payment for lessons can be made by Cash, Check or Card. If at all possible and not a huge inconvenience, Check or Cash payment is preferred, but we can absolutely take cards.


Even if you think you can’t dance, we believe in you. Walking through the door is the hardest step. The rest is up to us.


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