Which dance is best for beginners? Any of the dances that we teach are great for beginners and pros alike! (I recommend starting with Foxtrot, Rumba, Swing, and Waltz. Merengue is pretty easy to get the hang of also.)
What’s the best option between private/group lessons?
Group lessons offer a fun, inexpensive way to learn basic patterns in a social setting.
Private lessons offer a discrete setting to learn a personalized curriculum, embellishment, or choreography.
When deciding whether to choose group or private lessons, you must first consider your goals, budget, and time allowance. Can you commit to the one hour per week classes for 6 weeks in a row? Do you mind being in a fun, safe atmosphere with others who enjoy dance (but may be beginners who were born with two left feet)? Do you want to learn a few patterns and principles of social dancing or do you want to refine your technique for a performance, competition, or wedding dance?
With all that in mind, the best option to become a great dancer is d) all the above.
Do you teach competition and performance? Yes. We specialize in social dance instruction (communication and partnering on the dance floor) and will be happy to help those who want to work on choreography and performance aspects of dancing.
Do I need a partner? No. We generally switch partners in group classes. Most dancers are friendly and will ask you to dance at parties, and private lessons include a built-in dance partner. (If you are a guy looking for private lessons without a partner, We’ll do our best to provide one for you)
What should I wear? Wear whatever is comfortable. Shoes should have two important features: 1) slide (shoes that grip the floor could hurt your knees) 2) stay on your feet (let’s not get our ankles sprained from falling out of our shoes)
What happens after group my class series is over? Once you are finished with your beginner class, continue coming to these classes to get a better handle on your basics, as well as to give first time dancers a great opportunity to dance with a dance veteran. To progress your own dancing, enroll in the intermediate class, where you will progress through 8 weeks of a single dance, becoming more and more proficient in that dance. Or consider taking private instruction to really get a great handle on your dance skills.
Where can I find music to practice at home? Depending on your dance style of interest, you might already have great practice music at home! If not: dancevision.com has some good practice music, all in strict tempo (they are the best times for the respective dances.) Otherwise, email me for some tips and suggestions.
How much do classes cost? We pride ourselves on giving you the best value dance lessons in the area! Depending on which classes you take and how many per week, we can easily tailor your dance education to fit within your budget. All our prices are conveniently list on the dance lesson pages. See our lessons page for more information.
Do you have a live band or DJ?
Mandeville Ballroom dance parties feature a prerecorded mix of music, with all sorts of tempos and genres of music. The playlist is set beforehand, but we will take a few requests during the dance. This allows for the best mix of *danceable music* at a reasonable cost to you.
What kind of music do you play?
Dances which are labeled "Swing" or "Latin" have much more music within those genres, however, at any given dance party, at least a portion will be Ballroom, etc. Most parties have a mix of Oldies, Big Band, Blues, 80’s, Disco, Waltz, and Latin Pop, among others.
What kind of people usually attend? (with respect to age and gender)
Usually, we have from college age all the way up! Often, we have a few more ladies than gentlemen. We always have a diverse group; everyone is there to dance and socialize, so plan to meet a few new people and make some friends!
What should I wear?
Attire is usually Dressy-Casual. (unless otherwise specified) Make sure to dress light and comfortable. The studio is usually cold until you get a few Swing and Salsa dances under your belt, so be sure to bring a light jacket or wrap.
Do you serve alcohol? Are there setups for BYOL?
Refreshments are provided. (We usually have some sort of chips, fruit, cheese, and fruit punch, lemonade, and soft drinks.) NO BYOL (please don't bring alcohol) Because we love to dance and love to keep our dance parties non-age-restricted, we do not serve alcohol.
Elements of Etiquette. (PDF. Don't Click hyperlinks)
Aaron, we enjoyed the dance 10/20/07, particularly the dance sheet with dance style listed for the beginners to know what to try to do. I have been passing the word and have given your e mail address to friends. I mistakenly deleted your last e mail giving the date for NOVEMBER dance - please SEND the NOVEMBER to me again. many thanks Peggy
John and I love your dances. We are slow learners, but it's so much fun. Thanks for organizing the dances. We missed the boot camp this time but hope it went well. Regards, Kathryn
I wanted to wait and tell you this on Tues but I am so excited I can't wait. As you know we went to Chad's dad's wedding this Sat, they played a few swing songs and no one would dance to the swing songs. Well finally I said let's go dance, it was a good fast swing and no one was on the dance floor but us and even dancing on cement we did great. Not only did we do great, everyone that was watching us clapped, can you believe? Even though we are still a work in progress, I want to thank you for your time and patience, Mark and I really enjoy our classes. I think this weekend really helped us with our confidence/comfort levels to be on a dance floor by ourselves and do our thing. See you Tuesday!! Sandy
Thank you for the e-mail . . . I enjoyed the Sat. Night Dance . . . Thank you , and I look forward to the next dance. Tom
The tango workshop was a blast! We really enjoyed it. Best regards / Sam & Abigail
Dear Aaron: A quick note to say thank you for joining us and performing at our open house and grand opening dance party. We hope that you had an enjoyable evening. Your swing performances surpassed all our expectations. Your energy filled the room with excitement. The audience loved it!!! We look forward to dancing with you again and look forward to seeing more performances from you.
Aaron, The wedding was a blast! You have no idea how long I've been waiting to dance with my husband at a social function. One of Johnny's older brothers commented on our dancing while we were all on the dance floor. We told him we had been taking lessons and he got a jab and a look from his wife. Johnny and I both apologized for getting him into trouble. I believe lessons are in his future. Take care, Sharon
Hey Aaron –
Just wanted to say thanks for your help with our wedding dance. We haven’t seen the video yet so I’m not sure how we did but we had a lot of fun and everyone really liked it!! Greg and I both agreed it was the best part of the night! Everything went smoothly except for the dress factor. We both got a little tripped up on it because it was a little long, but I don’t think anyone noticed. Everyone thought we did a really good job!
Greg wants to take a new lesson, so after everything calms down we might give you a call.
See you soon…