This guide will give you an overview of the 5 most common types of dance classes and their pros and cons. The 5 types are: group dance classes, private dance lessons, semi private lessons, workshops and online dance lessons. Feel free to leave a comment at the end and let me know which of these you are taking.
Group Dance Classes
This is one of the most popular ways to start learning how to dance. You enroll in a 6-week (or however many weeks) dance course with 10-30 other people. Throughout the course you learn new steps, techniques and partnering. Please
keep reading below to see all the other types of dance classes.
1. Very Inexpensive. Most group classes average to about $12 per class.
2. Great for socializing. With so many people in the class, you are bound to make some friends.
1. You have to adhere to the studio’s schedule. Meaning, you have to come to classes when they are scheduled which may not always be convenient for you.
2. The teaching tends to be very general and not individualized enough for what you may need.
3. Crowded classes may lead to very little personal attention.
Private Dance Lessons
In my opinion, private instruction is the best out of all the other types of dance classes. There could be up to 2 students in a private lesson with 1 instructor. The lessons are highly customized to the student’s needs and goals.
1. Because all the attention is on you, you will improve much faster. Your teacher will take the time to learn your strengths and weaknesses and help you improve in areas you need most.
2. You’ll get in-depth instruction; learn technique, styling, musicality and more in great detail.
3. Lessons are scheduled at your convenience.
1. This is the most expensive option. A private lesson can range from $60-$120 per couple.
Semi Private Lessons
Semi private lessons are a great option for a small group of friends who have the same dancing goals and are roughly at the same level. Usually there can be up to 6 people in a semi private lesson with 1 instructor.
1. Inexpensive! Because you are sharing the lessons with 3-5 other people, you pay for your piece of the pie only. It averages out to roughly $15-$20/person per class.
2. You get much more individual attention than in a group class (but less than in a private lesson).
3. You’ll get in-depth instruction; learn technique, styling, musicality and more in greater detail than with group classes.
4. Lessons are scheduled at your convenience.
1. You are still sharing the class with other people.
2. You are responsible for the full amount of the private lesson no matter what. So if your friends don’t show up, you will have to cover their chunk.
Characterized by one-time teaching events, workshops are meant to inspire you with new information. They are taught in a group setting and could have up to as many as 100 people in the class (depending on the instructor and space).
1. Relatively inexpensive (but more expensive than group classes). Range between $20 – $40/person per workshop on average.
2. Great for inspiration and opening your mind to new possibilities.
1. Crowded classes with little attention on you. Especially If its someone famous teaching like Karina Smirnoff from DWTS, you could end with a great amount of people in the class.
2. You don’t know what to expect. For example, the material given may be completely above your level and therefore useless to you.
Online Dance Lessons
I may be a little biased when I say that online dance lessons are the best supplement for all your physical classes, but it’s true! You can watch dance lessons online 24/7.
1. Usually free or inexpensive. Paid dance lessons usually come out $1.99 per download or $10/month subscription fee (on average).
2. You are able to watch the lessons at your own pace and replay them as often as you want to.
3. You can learn how to dance anytime! With Internet connection…(who doesn’t have Internet these days?)
1. They lack feedback. You are responsible to understand and implement the information on your own.
2. Slow Internet connection may create lag time.
Which classes are you currently taking?