Spokane Dance Company


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Private Lessons for Only $20.00?  REALLY?

(See chart below!)

 

 

Single students save an average of $300 and couples save an average of $1,050 off their First training plan!

 

 

"Should I take private lessons, group lessons, or a combination of lessons?"  Just about every conversation with a new student ends up with the student asking this question.  However, asking that question is like asking:  "should I use air, food, or water to keep my body alive."  The body needs all three to live, and using just one of these items will have catastrophic results.  Each item does something different for the body.  Try to imagine using "water" for "air" or using "air" for "food" and you get a quick idea of what can happen when you use the wrong item to reach a result.

 

Dance Lessons can be looked at just like the above analogy.  At Spokane Dance Company we have three types of lessons.  1) Private lessons, 2) Group lessons, and 3) Practice sessions.  Each lesson has a different goal and a different outcome.  Trying to use only one of these types of lessons actually leaves the student without the necessary tools and experiences to become a proficient dancer.  Lets start by looking at what each lesson accomplishes.

 

GROUP LESSONS

Group Dance Classes are where you will build your repertoire with new patterns and are a great way to meet fellow dancers.  Group lessons are where a group of students are all training at the same time.  By its very definition, a student does not get any one-on-one time with the teacher.  In this type of lesson the goal is to learn the step patterns.  Every student in the class is walking through the step patterns and trying to commit them to memory.  Very little, if any, time is spent dancing with a partner and no time is spent on learning the techniques that make the step work.  The benefit of this type of lesson is that the student can concentrate on the patterns without being confused by trying to learn techniques, lead and follow, floor craft, and partnership skills all at the same time.  

 

If a student tries to learn to dance by using ONLY group lessons, problems immediately arise.  They may know a dozen steps, but they can't dance any of them effectively on a social dance floor. Anyone watching this student dance, knows just by looking that technique is missing and something isn't working right.  Students usually choose to concetrate on just group lessons in an effort to save money.  Unfortunately, it is a waste of money, since the student is only getting a third of the knowledge necessary to dance well and enjoy it.

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

 

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Private Lessons accelerate the improvement of your dancing skills by working one on one with a highly trained instructor. Your specific needs in dance skill development are addressed quickly with personalized feedback, encouragement and support. You will actually have FUN as you develop grace and poise, balance, musicality, lead and/or follow skills, and self confidence.

Private Lessons are where you will learn the finer details not covered in group classes. With one-on-one attention you will progress more quickly and develop a strong foundation..  Private lessons are where the student has their own teacher to work with.  The entire lesson is spend in a one-on-one atmosphere.  This is one of the most expensive methods of learning to dance.  Since the student is occupying the entire lesson, the studio must charge as much as they would for an entire class.  The instructor could be teaching 10 - 20 students, but is instead, teaching only one.  That is the big downfall.  But a Private Lesson also has major benefits and when properly used, and is worth every dime.  If the student learns the foot patterns in class,  a private lesson can be used to concentrate on the aspects of lead and follow, what muscles are used and how to properly place the parts of the body in relation to your partner.   In addition, the student can also learn how to add styling to their dancing.   If you think of the steps as a cake, the techinque would be the jelly between the layers (holding it all in place) and the styling would be the frosting on the cake (making it look pretty).    But if you just had jelly and frosting, you would only have a mess.... and an expensive one at that.

 

Students usually choose private lessons because they have a fear of looking like they don't know what they are doing in front of others.  These students fail to recognize that EVERY STUDENT is in class because they don't  know what they are doing.  Therefore, the student would actually "fit in" with the rest of the class instead of "standing out" as they fear.  Students who insist on only private lessons, spend way to much money to learn to dance and as a general rule, have difficulty dancing with anyone other than their private instructor.

 

PRACTICE SESSIONS

Social practice sessions provide a fun and relaxing place for you to try out your new moves with classmates, instructors, and other dancers from around town.  Practice sessions are like "combat practice" and provide a student with a "real life" experience in dance.   In a classroom environment, the students all move and turn at a precise moment under the direction of the instructor.  In a private lesson, the student is doing just as the instructor tells them to do and is not expected to make any personal decisions as to what the next step is.  So in both of these type lessons, everything is choreographed by the instructor and the students is just following directions.  Students often find themselves at a dance somewhere, soon after beginning dancing lessons and report back that it was almost impossible to dance.  

 

At a practice session, each male student is left to put together their own patterns in any sequence.  Nothing is choreographed and students often find it hard to navigate the dance floor with any appearance of having ever taken a lesson in their life.  Much like learning to drive in a private driving school in Mountain Home, Idaho and then being tossed out on to a Los Angeles freeway, the student begins to experience fear, panic, and a total loss of control.  Combine this with a sudden and severe loss of memory, and the dance experience becomes a total failure.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  All the student needed was some practice at dancing while others are on the floor and everything would have been great.

 

The flip side of this scenario is the student that thinks they can go to a social dance and "learn" to dance by watching and then just doing.  This courageous, (and ignorant) person many times ends up hurting his/her partner, others on the floor and/or him/herself.  Fred Astaire once said that "there is no such thing as a natural born dancer; every good dancer I know has been trained."  We agree!  These people try to save money by doing it the cheap way.... and it just doesn't work.

 

THE $20 LESSON:

 

Since the biggest factor in a student's choice of the type of lesson is the "price" instead of "what the lesson teaches", we decided to make the price for both group lessons and private lessons the same.  It should be noted that NO STUDIO in the United States sells a $20 private lesson.  But WE DO!   Of course there are some qualifications.  To get this discount, our students must agree to take a set amount of group classes to every private lesson.  The group lessons and the private lesson are all priced at the same.  This is our "3/1, 4/1 , and 5/1" Plans.  99% of our students choose this method of instruction.

 

A single student pays more for the group classes but less for the private lesson.   This method still saves the student approximately $20 on every group of 3/1 lessons.  Since most students on our 3/1 program are taking at least 10 privates, they are saving approximately $200 - $300 on those lessons.   But the real savings happens when two people take lessons together.  When they take lessons together, they save $5 - $10 on every group lesson and $55 on every private.  This saves $65 - $105 on every combination group of lessons or $650 - $1050 off the price of 10 privates.

 

Here is a chart demonstrating the breakdown:

 

SINGLE STUDENT

Per Lesson

Regular price

Discount Price

Savings

X 10 savings

3 to 1 Program

$25

X4 = $120

X4 = $100

$20

$200

4 to 1 Program

$22

X5 = $135

X5 = $110

$25

$250

5 to 1 Program

$20

X6 = $150

X6 = $120

$30

$300

           
COUPLE

Per Lesson

Regular price

Discount Price

Savings

X 10 savings

3 to 1 Program

$25

X7 = $165

X7 = $100

$65

$650

4 to 1 Program

$22

X9 = $195

X9 = $110

$85

$850

5 to 1 Program

$20

X11 = $225

X11 = 120

$105

$1050

 

Of course the real benefit of this type of plan is that the student is getting a more rounded experience in dance and therefore becomes a better dancer.  But saving money is always a great benefit too.  Our program directors and instructors will give you more information on how this program works.  But we assure you that this is the best offer in dance training available in the United States today.

 


 

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