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Getting Started & FAQ

At DanceTales we make it easy to get started today! Simply select from the two options below and you will be on your way to looking your best on the dance floor! You can review our Frequently Asked Questions below.

OPTION 1 - REGISTER and PAY ONLINE with a CREDIT CARD

  1. Review our Calendar or the dance Styles we offer
  2. Click on a Category that interests you from our left navigation menu
  3. Browse to the specific class that interests you or check out our Bundle Offers
  4. Click on the Picture, Subject or Details for details on the class
  5. Select Individual or Couple
  6. Click Add to Cart and continue browsing as long as you like
  7. Select Credit Card for Payment Method during Checkout
  8. Bring your Email Confirmation to the studio for class
  9. Bring an extra pair of Dry Shoes for the dance floor
  10. Have the Time of Your Life learning to dance

OPTION 2 - REGISTER ONLINE and PAY CASH or CHECK at Studio

  1. Review our Calendar or the dance Styles we offer
  2. Click on a Category that interests you from our left navigation menu
  3. Browse to the specific class that interests you or check out our Bundle Offers
  4. Click on the Picture, Subject or Details for details on the class
  5. Select Individual or Couple
  6. Click Add to Cart and continue browsing as long as you like
  7. Select Cash or Check for Payment Method during Checkout
  8. Bring your Email Confirmation to the studio for class
  9. Bring an extra pair of Dry Shoes for the dance floor
  10. Have the Time of Your Life learning to dance

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How can I best reach you if I have questions?
A. You're welcome to come to the studio to watch a class for free to see how our classes are structured. We will be happy to answer your questions before and after classes. Emails are also highly encouraged and will get a same day response. However, phone calls are generally not practical because of additional teaching schedules elsewhere, and thus tend to result in phone tag.

Q. Do I need a dance partner to take group lessons?
A. You do not need a partner for group lessons. Participants rotate to one another throughout the lesson. Both singles and couples are welcome.

Q. What can I expect in a group lesson?
A. Group lessons are typically taught in a 4-week series that start at the beginning of each month. The class material progresses each week. The instructor teaches both the lady and gentleman footwork, posture and holds, "lead" cues and "follow" responses, and corresponding figures. The figures are taught so that they flow from one to another, creating a continuous combination of moves. Students rotate partners throughout the lesson. The class is taught at the average learning pace of the group. Students are welcome to ask questions during the lesson.

Q. How long is a group lesson?
A. 50 minutes

Q. I'm a total beginner. I am unable to attend class the first week of the series. Can I still join the second week or should I wait until next month to begin?
A. Yes, you can still join the second week. We review the material that was taught the class prior. Then we go on to teach new material. We do not suggest starting classes in the 3rd or 4th week.

Q. What should I wear to the Ballroom, Latin, or Swing dance classes?
A. Everyday attire is appropriate for class. However, we do appreciate when dressier attire is worn. Light-weight and stretchy fabrics are easier to move in. Please use good grooming habits and personal hygiene. Swing, Latin, and Ballroom dance shoes can be purchased at Empire Dance Shop, located in Spokane WA. 509-747-7808. Online stores we recommend are www.showtimedanceshoes.com, www.appledanceshoes.com, www.discountdance.com, www.dancedistributors.com.

Q. What type of shoes work well for the Ballroom, Latin, or Swing dance classes?
A. Dance shoes with a suede sole are highly recommended for the best experience, but they are not required. Quality dance shoes can be purchased at Empire Dance Shop, located in Spokane, WA 509-747-7808. Some online stores we recommend are: www.showtimedanceshoes.com, www.appledanceshoes.com, www.discountdance.com, www.dancedistributors.com. If you don't have a pair of dance shoes, and you decide not to purchase any at this time, we do ask that you bring a pair of clean, light-weight, non-marking soles to class to change into. Backless shoes are not allowed such as flip flops. Shoes are always required, bare or stocking feet are not allowed on the dance floor.

Q. My wife and I do not wish to rotate partners. Is that allowed?
A. In general, we encourage everyone to rotate. You will learn to dance much more quickly by dancing with a variety of people. Studies have shown that people learn 30% faster by rotating. Often times those who do not rotate are the ones that struggle the entire class. If they had rotated to other students that are able to do the moves, they would have picked up the ability to execute the move quickly. With that all said, if you still do not wish to rotate, we do respect your decision.

Q. Can I purchase 16 lessons for $95 and take them over a few months time when my schedule permits?
A. No. Monthly classes are designed to progressively flow from week 1 to week 4, and thus are made to be taken in a series lasting one month. Therefore, all monthly rates including the $40 for one style (4 classes); $60 for two styles (8 classes); $80 for three styles (12 classes); $95 for 4 styles (16 classes); or $110 for 5 styles (20 classes) are to be taken within one month's time frame.

Q. I paid the $40 monthly session rate for four classes in one style, but had to miss the last class. Can I make up the class next month or get $10 back?
A. Sorry, but no. The monthly rate is already a discounted rate. If you will be missing several classes within a month, it is best to pay a drop-in rate of $15 per class.

Q. A. Do you offer private lessons?
A. Yes

Q. How do I go about getting scheduled for a private lesson?
A. Students are encouraged to participate in at least one group lesson before taking private lessons. Once that has taken place, an appointment is made for the private lesson.

Q. Do I need a partner to take a private lesson?
A. Yes, private dance lessons require that you have a dance partner to practice with.

Q. What can I expect in a private lesson?
A. Individualized attention on technique and figures on the dance styles of your choice.

Q. What is the time length and cost of a private lesson?
A. A private dance lesson is one full hour in length for $75. Half hour lessons are $40. A series of 4 one-hour private lessons is a total of $275 to be paid in full at the first lesson.

Q. Is it helpful to repeat any of the series of dance styles offered? For instance, can I take the Salsa series several times?
A. Yes, although each style will teach the basic footwork and beginning figures, each series will introduce other moves that will be different from a previous series.

Q. Do you make up the moves?
A. No, the footwork and figures taught at DanceTales are standardized steps. Therefore, you will be able to dance with others around the globe that have taken lessons from qualified instructors. At DanceTales, we connect one figure after another in a cohesive and suitable order, which makes the learning experience easier and gives you a continuous combination of moves. However, the figures can be danced in any order you choose.

Q. Do you offer social dance classes for teens?
A. Yes, we offer Ballroom, Latin, and Swing dance classes for teens, ages 12 - 17. Dance attire is the same as for the adult classes.

Q. How long will it take me to learn to dance?
A. That depends on an individual's learning pace and different factors such as the number of lessons you take per week and the amount of time you spend practicing.

Q. What is the most effective way to learn to dance?
A. The most effective way to learn is to take consistent lessons at DanceTales, rotating to other partners during the lesson, practicing on the dance floor for 10 minutes after the lesson, attending DanceTales social dance parties so you can practice executing the figures you've learned in class, and practicing at home (even for 10 minutes a day is productive.) Learning to dance is like learning any skill such as playing an instrument. It takes a willingness to learn, putting forth the effort, and consistent practicing.

Q. My husband needs to take classes to learn to dance. Although I've never taken any dance classes, I catch on easily and know how to follow, thus I do not need to attend classes. Can you help my husband learn to dance so we can go to functions and dance together?
A. Actually it is important for both of you to learn how to correctly do the steps and patterns. Being a good follow is great, however, knowing what to do and how to do it correctly, when led to do so, is what makes you both look like great dancers when you are at those functions. Individuals sometimes think they already know the dance moves and just need to know how to follow. Often they are surprised to find out they have been doing them incorrectly for years and need to learn them just as much as their partner.

Q. I'm interested in competing at ballroom dance events. Can you help me with this?
A. Yes, we will instruct you and a partner through private lessons. We will guide you to the appropriate competitions for your level.

Q. Can you help me find a dance partner?
A. Classes and social dance parties at DanceTales are a great place to meet potential partners for practicing and taking lessons.

Q. I am getting married in 6 months and my fiancé and I wish to have a simple, yet romantic choreographed dance to a special song of ours to perform in front of our guests at our reception. Can you help us with this and when should we start? Can you help us determine which dance style will work with our song?
A. Yes! We recommend attending as many group lessons as soon as possible so you can learn correct dance postures, positions, and holds, and to get a feel as how to dance correctly together. Then, a minimum of two to four private lessons is recommended for a simple choreographed dance. More, depending on how elaborate you wish your dance to be, as well as other factors such as how quickly you learn and how much practice time you will be able to put into it. We will easily be able to determine what dance style(s) fit your chosen song as soon as we hear it.