I absolutely believe that private dance instruction is the best way to learn how to dance properly. While they are more expensive, they are well worth it. Here are 3 reasons why.
1. Customized To You
Private dance lessons are great because the focus is solely on you. Once your teacher has identified what your goals are, he/she will teach you the material that will be most appropriate for your needs. A competitive dancer has very different goals than a social dancer. For example, if you are preparing for a competition, your teacher will focus on things like proper technique and execution of choreography. But let’s say your goal is to master social Ballroom dancing at your studio’s parties, your teacher will be making sure you know how to lead/follow your partner from move to move – while having fun! Your lessons will change and adapt to what your needs are. Everyone has different goals, body types and learning styles. Private lessons will take those things into account and customize the lessons for you.
2. Faster Progress
Because private lessons are typically taught one-to-one or two-to-one, your teacher will have a lot more time to work with you individually which will lead to faster progress. Your teacher will have sufficient time to find out your “problem areas” and give you specific techniques to improve them. Let’s say you having problems doing a spot turn to the right in Cha Cha or Rumba, you can bring it up to your teacher and spend the entire lesson on it if you wanted to. During your lesson you will have the time to analyze every foot position, hip action, amount of pivot and a lot more. The amount of detail and technique your teacher can dive into in a private lesson is much greater than that of a group class. That’s because in a group class there may be up to 20 other students that need help and so the teacher’s time is split amongst them. If you want to improve quickly and have the right technique, you will enjoy private lessons.
Lastly, taking private lessons is very convenient. While group classes are normally scheduled on set days and times, private lessons can be scheduled at a time that is convenient to you. Let’s say a Beginner Ballroom group class is scheduled on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm, but you cannot make it because of a work conflict, are you supposed to NOT dance now? Private lessons solve this problem and allow you to make an appointment with your instructor at a time that will work for you. Normally, dance studios’ hours tend to be 1pm-10pm daily so there’s lots of room for scheduling.
As you can see, private dance lesson are awesome if you want to get customized lessons, progress faster and have the convenience of scheduling.
Written By Leon Turetsky
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John Carston says
Finally an article that addresses my needs! Dancing can be a challenge for me for several reasons and knowing that I need an instructor who will take into consideration my dancing style has been very helpful since I’m not the most coordinated person out there. Nevertheless, dancing is my way of relieving stress so the quickened progress and convenience of dance classes is a lot of fun. Thank you for the article!
Maggie Allen says
I really like the fact that private dance classes can be scheduled for your convenience. My kids already have a very hectic schedule, but my daughters both want to start taking some dance classes. I’ll have to figure out a good time for them, and see if I can find a private teacher.
Derek Mcdoogle says
You mentioned that once your dance class teacher has identified what your goals are, he/she will teach you the material that will be most appropriate for your needs. Do most dance teachers offer private lessons? My daughter dances all around our house and wants to someday be a dance team. Finding a dance class for her might be a good option.
Kate Hansen says
My kids have been begging me to take private dance classes for a few years now, but I didn’t think it was worth it. So I like how you point out that with private dance lessons, you are more likely to progress faster because you are taught one on one instead of in a group. I bet the student always respects and trusts the teacher more since they develop an individualized relationship.
Derek Dewitt says
My son has been thinking about taking dance classes but he isn’t sure yet. I like that you mention how private lessons are tailored to your needs as a dancer. It’s good to know there is a wide variety of teachers who can help you reach your goals. Thanks for sharing!
Kyle Wayne says
I like that you mention how private dance lessons with be customized to you specifically. My sister wants to get into dancing but doesn’t know how to start. I”ll be sure to encourage her to find some dance classes and consider private lessons as well.
Luke Smith says
I like that you mentioned how private dance lessons are great since the focus is solely on one person. It seems my sister wants to learn how to dance, however, none of the people we know could dance. So with that in mind, she should probably stop by a dance studio and ask for dance lessons there.