PRIVATE DANCE LESSONS
One on one dance lessons in Sydney
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.
What you’ll learn at William Maslin
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 predominant 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.
Did you know, it only takes the average student 6 to 8 months to become an advanced dancer? Consistency is key. 1 private lesson per week is all it takes.