How to get started

So you are ready to take the dive and sign up for your first class. That’s great news. Starting with William Maslin Dance Studios is pretty straightforward.

Step 1.

There are a couple of ways you can arrange your $10 trial class.

  1. Use the ‘Book now’ link on any of the class pages and complete your trial class purchase. Nominate your preferred class date and time and we will then contact you to confirm if it’s available.
  2. Give us call or send us an email via the contact us page to arrange a suitable time.
  3. If you prefer the personal touch, just pop in to the studio and say hello at 8 Spring St Sydney, and we will take it from there.

Step 2.

It’s a great idea to arrive for your trial class a couple of minutes early. You’ll be greeted by our friendly staff, who will have a quick chat with you about our studio and how things work.

If you are joining us for dance classes and aren’t sure about what dancing you’d like to learn don’t worry. After our little chat, we will hit the dance floor and show you some steps from a few different dance styles. Then we’ll go from there.

If you’re joining us for a fitness class, make sure you’ve completed the health information form we email to you when you make your booking.

Step 3.

If you are happy with our proposed dance program, or loved your fitness class, then go right ahead and book your next class in. Enjoy your journey with us!

Your questions answered

I have never danced before. Does that matter?

A. Absolutely not. Whether you have never stepped on a dance floor in your life, or have been dancing for years, we have a program for students of any ability.

If you have never danced before, you will generally start off with our Footsteps™ program, which is a smaller program that focuses on basic elements of the dance styles you have chosen to give you a solid foundation in your dancing.

Do I need a partner to learn to dance at your studio?

A. No. As your classes are one on one, if you do not have a partner, your dance teacher will be your partner.

Having a dance teacher as your dance partner means never having to worry that your partner is going to step on your toes! 

How much do dance classes cost?

A. The cost of classes is dependent on a number of factors such as, type of program, number of classes and length of program enrolment.

Everyone is different and wants to achieve different things from their dance, which is why of focus on personalised dance programs. The cost of our programs are therefore personalised to your budget and needs.

How long are classes?

A. Both the private classes and group classes run for 45 minutes.

What do I wear to a dance class?

A. Comfortable clothing which allows for a reasonable amount of movement. If you are dancing after work, business attire is fine, but for ladies a pencil skirt/dress is best avoided!

Shoes: No thongs/flip flops or loose shoes such as mules. We have a small selection of dance shoes available for hire for your class.

Can I buy group dance classes only?

A. No. But we do offer regular dance short courses which run over 4 weeks and cover 4 styles of dance. These are separate to our weekly dance group classes, which are only available to our students enrolled in a personalised dance program.

Our studio focuses on private classes as the foundation for our dance programs. These programs include a range of group classes which are an ideal opportunity for students to practise what they have learnt in their private classes under the watchful eye of a teacher. Group classes also provide a great opportunity to meet other students and experience dancing with different dance partners at your level.

Can I choose the dance styles that I learn?

A. Absolutely. We pride ourselves on being flexible and providing personalised programs that are about you and what you want to achieve with your dancing. That said, we might recommend including other dances that may be outside of your interest, but will help you achieve your dance goals.

Will I have to perform or compete?
A. That is completely up to you. Our studio is focused on social dancing, so we don’t organise or participate in any external competitions. However, you are more than welcome to participate in competitions of your interest and we will work with you to meet your competition dancing needs.
How many dance classes will I need?

A. That depends on a number of things such as your ability, what you want to achieve with your dancing and how much time you can commit. After your first class, your teacher will recommend a program and number of classes taking all of these matters into consideration, giving you a personalised program which is all about you.

What social dancing opportunities do you provide?
A. We believe dancing is fun and provides a great opportunity to meet people and travel the world. With that spirit in mind, we provide regular in-studio social events as well as special local, regional and international social dancing trips. Why not dance and have a holiday at the same time!
Do you provide classes for children?
A. No. Our classes are for adults, 18 years and older.
Am I too old to dance?
A. Absolutely not. Our wonderful teachers will take care of all of our students, no matter their age, and will adjust the class to meet your needs, ability and fitness level. We stay up to date with the latest research on how dance can improve the lives of older people and incorporate that into our classes.
Do I have to attend group classes?

A. No. Groups classes are an important part of your program and really support your private classes, so we highly recommend that you do. Plus, they are included in the price of your program, so why not make the most of it!

I have never done barre, yoga, pilates or Zumba before. Does that matter?

A. Absolutely not. Our teachers will provide variations during the class for all levels.

How much do the fitness classes cost?

A. We have a range of competitive options available to suit different budgets and lifestyles. Visit our fitness prices page for more information.

Students who have a current dance program with us may be eligible for a further discount on the current fitness offers.

How long are classes?

A. All of our fitness classes run for 45 minutes.

Do I need to book my fitness class beforehand?

A. Yes. All classes must be booked via the student portal at least 24 hours before the class start time. You are always to welcome to drop in or give us a call within the 24 hours to see if you can attend.

Can I cancel my booking?

A. Please make sure you cancel more than 24 hours before your scheduled class. If not, you will be charged for the class.

What should I wear to a fitness class?

A. Please wear comfortable, light and stretchy workout clothes. If you are attending a Zumba or TRX suspension training class, you must wear shoes and if you are attending pilates, yoga or barre, you must wear grip socks. No footwear, no class.

If you don’t have grip socks, you can purchase a pair from reception for $20.

Do I need to bring my own mat?

A. We encourage all students to bring their own mats with them, however we do have mats available for use and for purchase.

What should I do if I am running late?

A. Sometimes things happen that are out of our control, but you can’t miss the warm up for your own safety. So if you’re late, you won’t be able to attend the class.