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What dances do you teach?
Ballroom dances: Waltz, Swing, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Tango, Samba, Salsa, Quickstep, Merengue, Mambo.

How long does it take to become a good dancer?
It depends on what your goals are and what your definition of a good dancer is. Competitive ballroom dancers usually take 2 or more hours of lessons a week and practice 10-15 hours a week. Social dancers usually take 1-2 hours a week in lessons, and practice as time allows. (Of course , the more you practice, the faster you will progress.) Other factors include: How many dances you are learning, how often you take lessons and how much you practice. Remember, if you re-visit anything you learn within 48 hours of first learning it, you are 80% more likely to retain that information or skill. That is why many of my students take 2 lessons a week, 2 days apart.

We are getting married, how long before the wedding should my fiancée and I prepare for our first dance?
The sooner the better, but as a rule-of-thumb try to allow enough time for 8 lessons. Most wedding planners suggest you start your lessons 3-6 months in advance, giving you plenty of time to practice. Please call so that we can discuss the details and tailor a plan specifically for you.

Remember, dancing is a skill and a pleasure which should not be rushed. The longer you wait and the closer you get to your wedding day, the harder it gets to fit things into your schedule. You may be able to fit other events in at the last minute, but dance lessons take more time. If you are prepared, dancing should take away some of the last minute stress! And the dancing will give you a sense of preparedness which will help the day run more smoothly.

Do you teach children?
Yes, I love to teach children. Of course, the confidence and the discipline gained by learning to dance will last a lifetime.

Do I need a partner in order to take lessons?
No. But you should be willing to go out to socials to get practice time and hopefully meet a partner!

How popular is Ballroom Dancing?
There are several places that host Ballroom Dancing in the Tri-State area. Also, the following is a quote by Morley Safer of CBS's 60 Minutes on August 13th, 2000:

"Well, you should know that more people are doing it than track, field, or ski jumping. In China and Japan, they do it, even Finish farmhands do it. In Oxford and Cambridge, the ballroom dancing societies are the largest off-campus clubs, and in the United States at Penn State last year, 1,500 students were on the waiting list to get into ballroom classes. It's much the same at Catholic University in Washington, at NYU, in New York, and Bowdoin in Maine."

Where do you teach?
Generally in Somerset, Morris, Middlesex and Union Counties, New Jersey, USA. If you are located elsewhere, please call to check my availability.

Is a contract necessary to take lessons?
Most studios and franchises require a contract for a minimum number of lessons. At Ballroom Step By Step, you pay as you go.

Do you have a cancellation policy?
You must cancel at least 48 hours before your lesson in order to avoid being charged.