Frequently Asked Questions

 

Dancing CoupleHow Are Lessons Structured? 

Our unique teaching system includes a Three Tiered Method of regularly scheduled private instruction as well as group lessons and practice lessons:

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION 
Private instruction, with one or more key teachers, gives you the specialized and personalized attention necessary to look and feel great on the dance floor, while developing the ability to lead or follow any partner. This is where we perfect and polish your dancing while moving at your own pace.

GROUP LESSONS 
Group lessons are also a necessary part of instruction because this is where patterns, technique, and style are learned. Equally important, group lessons provide you with the opportunity to meet other students with similar dancing goals, develop balance, and learn the mechanics of dancing. These lessons will save you time and money since this material can be taught in a group environment as quickly as it can in a private lesson.

PRACTICE PARTIES 
Practice parties are a great practical application of what you are learning in your program because they complete the lesson information taught in our private and group lessons. Learning is one thing, but making the material work in a live setting while dancing with different people is quite another. The practice party will put everything together as well as aid in music identification and help you to learn not to run into other people on the dance floor. You can meet other students and practice your leading and following skills in a fun, relaxed environment! Teachers can tailor their private lessons based on how they see their students progressing.

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Dancing CoupleWhat Is The Cost Of Lessons? 

Our prices vary since dance lesson programs are designed to fit each student's specific interests - social dancing, wedding, competitive dancing, etc. Our studio will tailor programs to meet your individual goals and budget.

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Dancing Couple How Often Should I Take Lessons? 

We highly recommend that you schedule your lessons close together, especially in the beginning. The research of Dr. Hermann Ebbinghaus, the developer of the famed 'Learning Curve' and a pioneer in the study of memory, has shown that attending just 3 lessons within 7 days of your introductory lesson will improve your rate of retention by up to 90%! The less time between lessons means the less you will forget, the less you will need to review, and the more quickly you will learn and reach a confident level in your dancing. In addition, it is most effective for you to take private lessons in conjunction with group and practice sessions.

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Dancing CoupleWill My Lessons Be At The Same Time Every Week? 

Not necessarily. In order to accommodate your busy schedule, we attempt to be as flexible as possible but aren't always able to schedule the same time every week. We also recommend that you schedule your lessons a few weeks in advance in order to reserve your preferred times. Group classes vary depending on type and level of dance so that everyone has an opportunity to attend. Practice Sessions are typically a set time each week.

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Dancing CoupleWhat Should I Wear To Class? 

Wear something comfortable that won't inhibit movement. Some of our students come straight from work and others come for their lessons dressed casual. Of course, comfortable shoes are recommended! We suggest a pair of leather-soled shoes for gentlemen and a shoe with a back for the ladies similar to what you would wear to go out dancing. Athletic shoes don't work well on the ballroom floor-they stick and make it difficult to move your feet! A selection of dance shoes are available for purchase in our studio.

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Dancing CoupleDo I Need A Dance Partner? 

No. We teach both singles and couples here at Fred Astaire Dance Studio - Westerville. If you come in as one of our single students, your instructor will be your partner for your private lessons, and our groups and practice sessions will provide plenty of opportunity to meet other students with the same interests and goals.

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Dancing CoupleWhat If I Cannot Make My Appointment/Lesson? 

We request that you reschedule any appointment at least 8 hours in advance to avoid being charged for the lesson and to ensure our instructors are available to serve other students.

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Dancing CoupleWhat Are Your Instructor's Qualifications? 

Our dance instructors are highly skilled and trained to help you learn using the unique Fred Astaire Method. Hailing from around the world, our teachers are actively competing, award-winning professionals and gifted educators. Many of our teachers have degrees in the fine arts and all have passed rigorous exams given by the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance and/or the Fred Astaire Curriculum certification.

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Dancing CoupleWill I Always Have The Same Instructor? 

A student's instructor will change from time to time. Assignment of the instructors is the responsibility of the studio and no guarantee of any specific instructor is made. These changes are a natural part of your instruction and insure keeping your lessons new and exciting.

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Dancing CoupleWhat Is The Fred Astaire Trophy System? 

We offer the Fred Astaire Trophy System as an easy way for you to track your progress while you enjoy dancing! Our Beginner and Social Foundation Programs teach newer students the step patterns and techniques to move around the dance floor. From there, a student can progress to either Social Bronze or Advanced Bronze. The main goal of either Bronze level is to get our students to the point where they can dance on any size dance floor, to any music, with any partner and feel comfortable and confident. The Social Bronze focuses more on social dancing and the Advanced Bronze is for students looking to progress beyond “just getting by”. From there, our students can move onto the Silver level and then all the way to the Gold!

Our dance curriculum covers the full range of American, Latin-American, International Style, and Exhibition/Theatre Arts dances. World famous dance champions and registered judges on the Fred Astaire National Dance Board constantly study and review our curriculum to make sure that only the finest, up-to-date programs are being offered to our students.

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Dancing CoupleIs It Difficult To Learn To Dance?  

No. Our instructors are highly qualified and participate in ongoing training. In addition, our progressive system of instruction and our unique trophy system make it easy to learn. It will take time to learn the various dances and a repertoire of steps. However, the learning is easy and fun. A steady approach with periodic practice will produce visible results in a short period. We highly encourage you to keep your lessons close together. You will progress more quickly, and make your experience more valuable to you.

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Dancing CoupleI'm Not Very Musical - Won't I Have Difficulty Learning To Dance?  

No technical knowledge of music is necessary to become a good dancer. It is perfectly natural to have some difficulty distinguishing different types of music and recognizing the beat at first. As your lessons progress, this trouble disappears. On the very first lesson, you will learn the basic steps on which all dance patterns are based.

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