FAQs - Quick Answers
Age range in classes: Anywhere from 13 & up, but
most of our group-class students are 28-58.
(Decent hearing is required to enjoy group classes - it is a
large room with big acoustics.)
I just call you to get this information? In a word,
no. We are very difficult to catch by phone and
phone tag is a horrible waste of time. We've put a lot
of effort into making this website informative. Please
read through it and then email if you have further questions
before registering. It is up to you to decide whether
our classes or private lessons are a good fit for you, which
can often only be determined after you try it!
size: Average, 15.
As few as 10 and as many as 50.
How long does it take to learn? Everyone learns at
a different pace. Some will be ready to show off their
new skills after the first couple of weeks, others will want
to take the beginning class multiple times before they debut
in public. You truly don't know your aptitude for this
until you try it. People who never thought they'd be
able to dance are amazed at how well they take
to partner-style dancing. Others wonder at why their
general athletic prowess doesn't carry over to this new
activity. Truly, it's hard to predict but short, daily
PRACTICE sessions at home (5-10 min.) will make a huge
partners - is it required? In classes, yes.
In the Romance Workshop, no. We sympathize that many
couples only want to dance together but truly, you learn so
much faster when you rotate partners. Classes are hard
enough to manage with everyone's different learning
speeds/styles without throwing in this monkey wrench.
If we allow everyone to make their own choice in this matter
then those who are not rotating quickly fall behind making
the class even more difficult to teach. For our own
sanity and for the good of the class rotation is required
(except in the Romance Workshop.)
should I wear? Comfortable, cool clothes in layers.
If you're wearing a skirt we highly recommend wearing "dance
pants" as well - thin, form-fitting short-shorts. It's
fascinating how high a skirt can fly!
SHOES: Straight-from-the-street shoes are hard on the floor so we
appreciate you bringing shoes to change into that have
non-marking soles and will stay on your feet.
We strongly suggest
acquiring the proper equipment for this athletic endeavor
and that means purchasing suede-soled Ballroom Dance Shoes.
Suede allows you to turn, spin, and glide easily while also
giving you the proper traction to stop (unlike smooth
leather.) You will be happily surprised at the
difference proper shoes make in your dancing!
are no good retail shops in town. We order our dance shoes
online and rep a line called Very Fine Dance Shoes.
Frankly, selling shoes is a pain but we want to take good care
of our students. To keep it feasible we only sell three
styles of shoes:
basic black shoes
with a 1" heel,
ladies' strappy practice shoes,
ladies' thick-strapped practice shoes,
which both have a 1.5" block heel
& quick release buckle.
of $100 includes tax, shipping, & a wire shoe brush for the
have problem feet we strongly suggest choosing a pair of
shoes that are comfortable to you and having suede put on
the soles by a local shoe repair shop (or DIY if you're very
Ladies there are a LOT of
pretty options but I do suggest starting with a "practice
shoe" meaning a black sandal with a
1.5" block heel.
For shiny dressier shoes
2 1/2" is the max heel
height you want. Three inchers look lovely but you
will skate like Bambi on ice! Please, just trust me on
shop online for something shiny choose a shoe with solid strapping
and a quick-release buckle. I would contact customer
service to make sure the buckle is quick release even if the
picture shows it.
Avoid mesh & glitter. The former tears and the latter
sheds on everything.
Shoes with narrow
peep-toe openings can be
binding on average width feet but are a good choice for
those with narrow feet.
If you order shoes
online also order a
wire shoe brush
to rough up the
bottoms and re-nap the suede. I prefer the folding
brush since you can keep it in your shoe bag with your shoes
and not worry about scratching them.
CANDID ADMISSIONS. . . .
humble opinion, and that of many local dancers & students, Dance Street is the best place in town for
brand-new dancers to gain some confidence as well as some
solid dance skills. We are a fun, friendly, welcoming
bunch who are always happy to help people find out whether
dancing is their next passion or just a passing fancy.
Our classes are a great way to meet new people,
kick off a date-night with your partner, or have fun with a group of
friends. They're also an excellent way to move your
body and stretch your muscles while expanding your brain.
Dancing is the one physical skill shown to have a delaying
effect on dementia symptoms because it works both brain and
body. If learning how to dance is on your life-list
let us help you check that box.
been teaching Spokane the essentials of Ballroom, Latin, and
Swing dancing since 1997. We pride ourselves on
offering excellent dance instruction in a relaxed and
friendly environment. Our group classes are
very budget friendly. We hope they
will fit into your schedule and that you will decide to see
if dancing is your next life-long hobby. Happy