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I have two left feet. I don’t have rhythm. I’m not flexible. I can’t move my hips. Learning to dance is hard. I was frustrated last time I tried.
Sounds like you? Well you’ve come to the right place.
We’re not here to preach that you must take private dance lessons with us and all of your problems are going to be solved. But what we will share with you is that private lessons are an important part of learning to dance.
We are big advocates of taking a mixture of private and group lessons. Whether you are learning to become a confident social dancer or getting ready for your wedding dance, private dance lessons will be where you learn the core aspects of dancing, such as figures, timing and how to lead or follow. Group classes are where you can put all of this into practice with different partners allowing you to refine and perfect these skills.
It’s for this reason that our Footsteps™ program is our number one proven dance course for beginners.
Our private dance lessons are about giving you the personal approach to learning, which is the foundation to our personalised dance programs. Don’t think that having a 1 on 1 dance lesson means it’s all too serious. We keep it light hearted and make sure you’re having plenty of fun.
At William Maslin Dance Studios, we allocate one teacher to you for your dance program with us. Therefore, your private dance lessons are specifically tailored to your learning needs, and allow for your personal development and learning style, providing the best possible dance lessons in the Sydney area.
Our approach to teaching dance
Some people have rhythm or pick things up quickly, while others find the simplest things a challenge. We also understand that dance might not be your first passion in life. Because of this, we don’t treat everyone the same.
We get that walking into a dance studio for the first time can be quite daunting. Believe it or not, starting to dance later in life ourselves, we remember that experience. That’s why we make sure it’s fun and apply our proven teaching method, to get the best results for you.
We also understand that you have a life outside studio, such as a full time job, study, juggling children or whatever the case may be. That can make learning a new skill that little bit harder and frustrating at times. Don’t worry, we have unwavering patience and we’re here to support you. We’re certainly not going to beat you up for having a bad day. We have those too!
In terms of the dance content, we layer what we teach and only focus on one to two elements at a time. You’ll start off with learning where to place your feet. Once you’re comfortable with that, we’ll add some timing. Before you know it, you’ll be moving effortlessly to the music.
Our dance programs are specifically designed to allow flexibility in the learning process, recognising that everybody is different. The approach is spread across three levels:
Regardless of where you are at with your learning with us, you can rest assured that you’ll always leave with a big smile.
What you’ll learn
Broadly speaking, you’ll learn to be a confident, democratic social dancer. Wow! You weren’t expecting an answer like that.
If a friend said to you “I’m a dancer”, think about the many possibilities that conjure up in your mind. The same happens when we refer to ballroom and Latin dancing. Many definitions in the dance world are used loosely and interchangeably. Don’t worry, we do it too. If our website only spoke about “Smooth and Rhythm” dance styles, you’d probably think we didn’t offer ballroom dancing.
In the context of “ballroom” dancing there are two predominate styles: International and American. We’ll be teaching you the American style.
So what’s the difference you may ask. We’re not going to delve deep into the detail as much of it won’t really make much sense until you’ve got a bit of dancing under your belt.
The International style is more suited to competition dancing. It’s about strict visual lines and precise execution of figures, with the dancers are always in a closed position dance hold. Most International style dancers focus on choreographed routines which they use in competition.
The American style is more suited to social dancing. While there are many American style competitions over the world, unlike the International style, the dancers can dance in both open and closed dance hold and sometimes use visual lead and follow. In some respects, you could say that this allows for a degree of casualisation of dancing meaning it is easier to use on a crowded dance floor with dancers of different levels and experience.
Within the two styles we have categories which the different dance styles fit into. Let’s look at the Waltz. In the American style it is categorised as a Smooth dance and in the International style it’s a Standard dance. Now while it is the same style of dance, it is danced differently in the American style than International style. That is where you get into the technical differences of the American style and International style, which is outside the scope of this page.
Here we provide a comparison:
Unlike the International style, there are multiple American style syllabuses which are designed by different syllabus organisations.
We predominantly use the Dance Vision International Dancers Association syllabuses which is internationally recognised for the 18 styles of dance that we teach. We also use some aspects of the U.S. Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
You’ll start with simple figures and build to more complex figures and dance elements as you progress through the syllabuses. When you’re ready, you can even go through the dance certification process which is recognised worldwide.
We also teach you how to apply your dancing in real world situations, such as how to use your figures with dancers who have learnt other American style syllabuses or even what to expect when dancing with a dancer from the International style.
So when we say you’ll be a confident, democratic social dancer, that’s why. It won’t matter who you’re dancing with. You’ll know how to have a great time.
How much do private dance lessons cost
That’s completely up to you, well sort of. The cost of learning to dance varies for everyone because we all have a different natural ability and different goals for our dance.
We want to make sure that you get the most out of your dancing. From a learning perspective as well as value for money. That’s why we sell dance programs and not lessons. For us, it’s about providing a holistic way of learning to get the best results for our students.
Cost is also subjective, which is why we don’t price on a unit basis such as a private lesson. To get a better understanding of the way dance lessons are priced and how it is different from studio to studio, you can read our blog on ‘How much do dance lessons cost’.
We’ve heard so many stories of people not being satisfied with their dance learning experience which stems from two main approaches to learning. Private lessons only or group lessons only. That’s why we provide a blended program model.
Because our programs are 100% personalised, you can rest assured you’ll only be paying for what you need to, to achieve your dance goals. That’s why we start off with a complimentary first lesson. It lets us see what your natural dance ability is like, and understand what you want to achieve with your dancing. Once we have a better idea on this, we can put together a program just for you.
Simply asking how much do dance lessons cost is like walking into your local Harvey Norman store and asking the sales assistant “how much does a TV cost?”
When you can take your private dance lessons
You can take your lessons when it suits you. Just book an open 50 minute lesson slot with your teacher during our opening hours, Monday to Friday from 1:30 to 10pm and Saturdays from 8:10 to 11:30am.
What else is included in the dance programs
Whether you are taking private lessons as part of our personalised dance programs or subscription offering, you’ll also have access to our great group classes, socials and other perks along the way. We’re always looking at ways we can provide you with the best learning experience and give you the best bang for your buck!
Dance tips and advice
Not sure where to start? There’s plenty of advice out there, but here a few articles to help you decide.