WEDDING DANCE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MANY LESSONS DOES IT TAKE?
Most couples start feeling the first degree of comfort and confidence at about the 5th lesson. That's an average of course; you have your own goals and expectations for your first dance and for dancing in general!
HOW MUCH ARE LESSONS?
Single lesson: $93
5 Lessons: $440 ($88 per lesson)
8 Lessons: $685 ($85.62 / lesson)
10 Lessons: $840 ($84 per lesson)
15 Lessons: $1185 ($79 per lesson)
20 Lessons: $1495 ($75 per lesson)
IS THE LESSON PRICE PER PERSON?
The price is per lesson taught, whether to a couple or an individual
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
24 hours notice is required to cancel without charge. Contact Peter at 917-375-3027 There are no cash refunds. In most situations, a dance lessons certificate equal to the value of/ for any unused lessons cancelled with more than 24 hours notice can be issued as a gift certificate.
CAN I PURCHASE DANCE LESSON GIFT CERTIFICATES?
Gift certificates are emailed within 24 hours of receipt of funds, One gift option is for individuals or couples to contribute a portion of a Wedding package. Contact me and let me help you organize it.
HOW LONG ARE THE LESSONS?
Lessons are 55 minutes long. The Half price Intro is 45 minutes.
IS IT A PRIVATE ROOM?
Being alone in the room is not necessary or even useful when learning how to dance. A Private Lesson always guarantees optimal individual attention from the instructor, however, you are NOT guaranteed a private room. A Studio is typically shared with other Private Lessons. Distractions are actually very useful in the process of practicing/ learning, as they are a part of the real world, where ultimately the goal is just to dance... easily and effortlessly.
WHEN SHOULD I START?
Because of a Bride and Groom's hectic schedules, dance lessons should start at least 3 months prior to the wedding day. I recommend getting started 5-6 months before the big day to allow time to become truly comfortable dancing together, but please try to give at least three. This allows for flexible scheduling and ample time to perfect the dance. Lessons will expire one year after purchase, except in special situations.
WHAT IS AN "INTRO" LESSON?
The half price ($45) Intro class is a 45 minute lesson with BWD Director Peter Jones, one divided into two parts: for forty-five minutes, we're dancing! He'll introduce two, three or four dances (generally Foxtrot, Rumba, Salsa, Waltz, or Swing, or a previously selected, more advanced, dance) to get our feet wet and get a feel for you. We'll find out what you're looking for, and see how we can best work together. There will be 10-15 minutes at the end devoted to working out your goals, a lessons plan, if appropriate, and how he can best assist you. (Note: you won’t necessarily use your First dance song, though Peter will identify what style of dance would be appropriate for it.) CONTACT THE STUDIO
DO YOU OFFER A FREE TRIAL?
The Free Trial is TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE.
In the 2018/19 winter and Spring we will offer a 30 minute Trial lesson where you can meet your BWD Staff instructor and get started with basic steps and a brief discussion about your first dance song while you learn some basic elements to match the style of the music. Or you can simply learn how two bodies move together, effortlessly and easily as one unit, communicating simply. CONTACT THE STUDIO.
WHEN ARE THE LESSONS TAUGHT?
Lessons are scheduled on a first request basis: Generally weekdays: either early afternoon/lunchtime noon-2:00, or eveings, 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM. Weekends: 1:00 - 6:00 PM (subject to availability)
WHERE ARE THE CLASSES?
Chelsea/ Flatiron District. Studio address: 37 West 26th Street, 9th Floor (between 6th Ave and Broadway/5th Ave) Other locations: by special arrangement, generally with an additional fee..
WILL MY DRESS AFFECT OUR DANCE?
Yes. Optimally it will be 1/2' off the floor all the way around so you don't step on it when dancing backwards. Also, if the bodice is tightly fitted or strapless, you may not be able to raise your arms up to do a twirl. (So we'll just have to modify that turn, so you don't have to raise your arms!)
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Wear something comfortable, but ladies, please don't wear open-toed shoes! As you are learning, there will inevitably be occasions when, yes, he might step on your toes. (You will learn how to dance with him so that your toes are always clear.) Also, ladies, don't wear your actual wedding shoes to the first lesson, though if you have similar heels, they’re fine. A good rule is just to wear comfortable shoes, but not flip flops or sandals as they make dancing more difficult.
WHAT IS THE INSTRUCTOR'S BACKGROUND, TRAINING AND REFERENCES?
A certified dance instructor for more than twenty years (Ballroom, Latin, Ballet, and Jazz), Studio director and Lead instructor Peter Jones is a Broadway Theater Institute Faculty Fellow and an instructor with and on the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Dance/ Theater and the Advisory Board of Musical Mondays Theater Lab. He has taught at Fred Astaire, Pierre Dulaine's Dance Studio, Broadway Dance Center, HB Studio, American Youth Theater, Cornell University, Columbia University, at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), in London and at Lincoln Center. He is staff/ Faculty of the Theater Workshop. Peter trained under Pierre Dulaine, Cailin Heffernan, and Lyle Bradshaw. He founded the AmericanYouthTheater with Erich Rausch
The teachers he hires are all certified dance instructors whom he trains specifically for wedding dance instruction.