Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a partner?
No. Our group classes, private lessons, and Friday party events are designed for both singles and couples. In group classes and parties, we change partners frequently so that you experience dancing with a variety of different people.
What if I don't want to change partners?
You don't have to change partners. Simply let others know that you are not changing. However, keep in mind that we do strongly recommend changing because it is proven to speed up learning and improve dancing at a faster rate.
Should I take group classes or private lessons?
It is best to do both, as our group lessons are designed to compliment your private lessons. If you are a beginner, or new to our dance studio, we recommend that you start with the Newcomer Special. The Newcomer Special is structured to introduce you to three different styles of learning: private lessons, group classes and dance parties. You may then choose which method (or methods) are best for you.
Are the classes included in the Newcomer Special applicable to all classes?
Yes. The Newcomer Special classes are valid for all classes except the workshops which happen on some Fridays/Saturdays.
What should I wear?
Wear clothing that is comfortable and allows you to move freely. More importantly, wear a leather/suede-soled shoe. Do not wear rubber soled shoes such as tennis shoes. Rubber soles will stick to the floor making it harder for you to move. We have some Ballroom and Latin shoes with a suede sole for students to try on. Feel free to come in and try on some dance shoes!
What dances should I learn first?
Swing and Salsa are the latest trend. However, of the more traditional ballroom dances you will want to learn Foxtrot, Rumba, Waltz, and perhaps Tango, and Cha-Cha.
What is the difference between East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Lindy Hop?
East Coast Swing is the most basic of all the Swing dances, and we suggest starting with this dance if you are a beginner. It is danced in a circular motion and resembles the Jitterbug. West Coast Swing is California's state dance. It is more linear and can be danced to blues, contemporary, and country western music. Lindy Hop was invented in the 20's, is similar to the Charleston, and is a blend of other swing dances. Lindy Hop is danced in a circular motion like the East Coast Swing to mostly fast, big band music.
What is the difference between International and American Style?
American Style of Ballroom and Latin dancing was invented in the United States primarily for social dancers. The steps are created to be simple and easy to learn. Although American style is designed for social dancers, higher level dancers may choose to compete or do exhibitions. International Style of Ballroom and Latin dancing (also known throughout the world as DanceSport) was designed in England primarily for competition and for a more advanced dancer. This style of dancing is challenging and emphasizes technique and style. We recommend International Style to dancers who are already comfortable in American Style and want to take on a challenge.
What about weddings?
We offer a package designed especially for couples who are going to get married and want to look good on the dance floor. In the Wedding Special, like the Newcomer Special, you will be able to experiment with three different learning styles: private lessons, group classes, and party events. We are here to assist you and ensure that you will be confident about dancing on your wedding day. For more information regarding the Wedding Package, please visit the Tuition page, or call our studio at (415) 459-1020.
What is the average age of your students?
Our students range in age from 5 to 85! It is never too early or late to start dancing, and we know that you will feel comfortable here whatever your age.
Do you have youth programs?
We are pleased to offer an extensive youth program. Please see our Youth Schedule to view our selection of ongoing group classes.
How long will it take me to learn how to dance?
Learning to dance is a process, and everyone learns at a different pace. Each person also has different goals in mind when coming to our studio. If you want to learn a few steps of a certain dance, one session of our group classes will get you on your feet; if you would like to feel even more comfortable dancing, a combination of private lessons, group classes, and party events will be the fastest way to learn.