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.
This is one of the most popular ways to start learning how to dance. Typically your would drop-in for classes or enroll in a 6-week course (Weeks vary on the studio) with 10-30 other people. Throughout the course you learn new steps, techniques and partnering.
1. Very Inexpensive. Most group classes average to about $12-$20 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 general so it may not be as customized to what you need most.
3. Crowded classes may lead to very little personal attention.
In the Ballroom world, there are typically 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 1-2 individuals, the students tend to progress 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-$150/lesson on average per couple. Although, very accomplished/famous teachers can charge upwards of $300/lesson.
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. There can be up to 3-8 people in a semi private lesson with 1 instructor.
1. Inexpensive! Because you are sharing the lessons with 3-8 other people, you each 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 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 may have to cover their chunk.
Characterized by one-time teaching events, workshops are meant to inspire students with new techniques, concepts and information. They are taught in a group setting and could have as many as 40-100 people in one class (depending on the instructor and space).
1. Relatively inexpensive (but more expensive than group classes). Range between $20 – $50/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 it’s 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 not as useful for you.
Online dance classes are becoming the norm these days. Our own Passion4dancing membership allows students from anywhere in the world to subscribe to our video lessons, and learn from anywhere, at anytime.
1. The perfect tool to review steps and learn new moves.
2. Usually free or inexpensive. Currently our membership plans are $25/month or $147/year.
3. You are able to watch the lessons at your own pace and replay them as often as you want to.
4. Watch the lessons on any device (Phone/Ipad/Computer), as long as you have internet.
1. They lack feedback. You are responsible to understand and implement the information on your own.
2. Slow Internet connection may create lag time.