phone: 814.876.2889 email: kevin@danceharmony.com

FAQ

Do I need to be a member of the Dance Harmony?

No, we do not have memberships. Everyone is welcome and all you need is an interest in social dancing!

What is “Social Dancing”?

For Dance Harmony, “Social Dancing” refers to Swing, Ballroom, and Latin partner style dances taught and enjoyed in a relaxed social environment. We are not involved with the competitive aspects of dancing.

Do I need to sign-up for lessons?

Yes. We limit class size for group lessons to ensure a positive lesson experience, so we ask that you please contact us if you are planning to attend a group lesson, so we can reserve your place. Depending upon the group lesson enrollment, we may require prepayment to reserve your place. In addition, payment in full (check or cash) is always due at the first lesson. But remember, there are never any long-term commitments, and your satisfaction is totally guaranteed!

How many people are in a typical Group Lesson?

The minimum for group lessons is 2 couples. The maximum for group lessons is 8-12 couples, depending upon the dance. Typically lessons have 4-6 couples. I do limit group lesson size to ensure a high quality lesson experience.

What if I do not have a dance partner?

Lessons are best with a partner. Please find a friend, co-worker, or relative to partner with you. We do not rotate partners during lessons.

What is the suggested attire for lessons & practices?

We recommend casual & comfortable clothing that allows movement. Tailored shorts, and jeans are all fine. I usually wear slacks and a collared shirt. More importantly however is footwear. I recommend any comfy non-grip shoes, but if you are uncertain about footwear, bring an alternate pair of shoes to try.

What is the suggested attire for dances?

Attire for Dances is more “dressy” than lessons and practices. I recommend nice casual and comfortable attire (no shorts, no jeans except for summer (hot) dances. For example, as a minimum, slacks and short sleeve shirt for men and skirt (or slacks) & blouse for women. In regards to my Holiday and Valentine’s dance, Shirt & Tie for men & Dress/Gown for women are recommended. However, do feel free to dress up (many do) for my regular dances, if you so desire!

Notes for Learning Dancers

As a learning dancer, it was very common for me to take and re-take beginner lessons, such that I could refine my technique, lead-follow, and styling. In my dance philosophy, it is far better to learn fewer figures well, than to try to learn many figures on a cursory basis, which are soon forgotten. Bottom line – there is no shame in taking, or retaking lessons below your level. Indeed this strategy will make you a better dancer. Rest assured, if you take a lesson below your level, I will ensure your investment with instructional nuggets to enhance your technique, form, and style.

What is a “Beginner” dancer ?

For my purposes, a Beginner Dancer can be someone has never danced a step, up to someone who may know a few steps, but needs a refresher.

What is an “Intermediate” dancer?

For my purposes, a Intermediate Dancer can be someone who has completed a Beginner class, up to someone who is comfortable with dance basics with knowledge of 6-10 figures in a particular dance, but needs a refresher or wishes to focus more on technique.

What is an “Advanced” dancer?

This is important. An Advanced Dancer is fluent in a wide array of dance tempos and styles. An Advanced Dancer is interested in technique and style to complement dance figures and amalgamations in a variety of dance styles. For my purposes, an “Advanced” dancer is someone that has completed multiple Intermediate classes, up to someone who is comfortable with multiple dance styles and variations, but with a focus on technique and style.

What is Swing Dance?

Swing is a partner style dance to up-tempo music. There are a variety of Swing styles, including Lindy Hop, East Coast, West Coast, Shag, and Jive. Our Beginning Swing Classes teach single-step, 6-count, East Coast Swing, and Intermediate Swing introduces East Coast Swing with triple-step.

What is Ballroom Dance?

Ballroom Dance includes both “Standard or Smooth” and “Latin or Rhythm” styles. “Standard or Smooth” dances include Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep. “Latin or Rhythm” dances include Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Samba, Mambo, Meringue, Salsa, and others.

What if I miss a group class?

No problem! The group classes are flexible and fluid, so we can adapt to individual needs and have regular practice sessions, which are included with lesson enrollment and are a good opportunity to make up for a missed lesson. There are no make-ups for missed group lessons. Within each class, we readily accommodate a variety of levels and abilities and utilize a thorough review each week to ensure your success.

What should I bring?

Wear comfy non-grip shoes, and a notebook if you wish to take notes. I do provide a brief syllabus of dance figures for most classes. Keep in mind, water is provided for a short break.

What if I miss a Private lesson?

Private lessons have some flexibility with schedule. However, there are some requirements with cancellations and reschedules…

For Private lessons, a twenty-four hour notice is required in order to avoid a cancellation charge.

Same day Private lesson cancellations will be subject to a $25 charge.

Habitual Private lesson cancellations will be subject to charges, as I deem appropriate.

If you have a question that is not included in these FAQs, please send me an email and I will answer your question accordingly, and include your inquiry in the FAQs, as appropriate. I appreciate the feedback!

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