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We are glad you found us here!
We love to
teaching people how to dance, however it is the "hobby" side
of our business. The Wedding Venue side of things is
what keeps the doors open and pays the bills, so it
therefore receives a commensurate share of our time &
Thank you for understanding that we need our dance students
to be self-guided in their research. You will receive
our full attention during classes & lessons, but otherwise
we expect you to do your homework and figure out which class
is right for you. We've put a lot of effort into
describing them. Please let us know if we've left
anything vague or confusing.
DANCE SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION
See the Adult Essential Skills Syllabus of
group class lessons are progressive & build on the previous weeks'
skills. Pop-in students cannot be accommodated.
Essential Skills classes
long during Fall & Spring sessions (50
Summer session), just enough time to learn without
burning out your brain.
are three-week intensive sessions of 80 min.
lessons. Each lesson is divided between two dance
styles, Foxtrot & Swing. This is our only class
where you do NOT have to rotate partners. It is
primarily intended for Wedding Preparation but is also
great for couples anticipating a cruise, holiday
parties, or just those who have limited learning time
and want to dance together! It is also our only
class where you must attend as a partnership since we
don't rotate partners.
PLEASE remember to
bring a spare pair of
track in water & dirt that wreak havoc with the wood floor and
suede-soled dance shoes.
age 13 and over are welcome in classes as long as they
can keep up. Non-participating children, however, are
simply too distracting, so please leave them with a sitter unless they are joining us
Quick Answers to FAQs
I just call you to get this information? In a word,
no. Frankly my time is very limited and the only
way we can continue to offer adult dance lessons is if
students are self-sufficient enough to do their homework.
Read & process the information, send me an email if there's
a specific question that's not covered here, and register if
the classes sound fun & will work for you.
classes do you offer?
We currently have three adult class options:
Adult Essential Skills Class I (Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing, &
Nightclub), Adult Essential Skills Class II
(Progressive Foxtrot, Rumba, Swing, & Nightclub), and
intensive Romance Workshops primarily intended
for Wedding Preparation, cruise preparation, or other
are all beginning-intermediate level classes but will have multiple
layers of knowledge, meaning there will be something for
anyone to learn unless they are a very advanced dancer.
Where to put your feet is only the very tiniest crawling
step. How you get there, how you move your body,
partnering-skills, musicality, style.... there are always
elements to refine and nuggets of knowledge to gain out of
any class. A favorite current saying: We can
share the knowledge with you, but we can't understand it for
you. Meaning there is no magic wand and you are going
to have to want it/work for it.
Do I have to have a partner
to take classes? The Adult Essential Skills
classes welcome singles & couples. The Romance
Workshop is designed for couples only.
When do classes start? The
Adult Essential Skills Classes start in September,
January, & May.
The Romance Workshops are generally offered once each
in the Spring, Fall, & Winter seasons.
Classes are always
held mid-week. We do not teach Friday-Monday (that
time is reserved for Weddings & family.)
do I register? Our online registration form is
available through the
Class Schedule page.
How long do classes last? Our
Fall & Spring semester Adult Essential Skills sessions are 14 weeks
of 40 min. classes. Our Summer session is 11 weeks of 50
Romance Workshops are intensive 3 week
sessions of 80 min. lessons.
No matter what, practice at home is essential for progress
many people are in a group class? Average, 15.
As few as 20 and as many as 50. Romance Workshops tend
to be a little more intimate with groups of about 12.
should I wear? Comfortable, cool clothes in layers.
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.
What's the age range in classes? Anywhere from 13
& up, but most of our group-class students are 28-58.
Do I have to rotate partners? In classes, yes.
In the Romance Workshop, no.
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
Lessons: We do have some private lesson openings but not
many. The ones we do have are mid-week &
mid-afternoon, suitable for people with flexible schedules. Sometimes people
simply must have evening or weekend lessons in which case
we're happy to refer you to other
instructors we trust.
Can I bring my kids with me? If they want to learn
how to dance and are old enough to handle adult-oriented
classes they are absolutely welcome! I love teaching
young, unencumbered minds! (Our minimum age is 13
without special permission.) If they are not
participating in classes, though, please treat this as
adult-time and get a sitter. While many kids are fine
sitting quietly with a book for 40 minutes others cannot
keep from running (literally) in circles through the rest of
the studio. This is very distracting for me and the
other students so thank you in advance for your
CANDID ADMISSIONS. . . .
Teaching people how to dance feeds my soul but it is not my
only interest nor does it
pay the bills. Hosting weddings does the latter and
therefore gets the lion's share of my working time.
That means it'll be tough to reach me on the phone or get me
to respond to non-specific emails such as "Tell me about
dance lessons. . . " (Response: read the
While dancing is a thriving past-time
here in Spokane there are not currently a lot of studios and
instructors to choose from. This is one reason I've
decided to continue teaching even though I can't give each
student my full attention and answer
all of their questions before they start classes.
Since you've gotten this far it means you're interested in
learning, so I guess I am asking you to take a leap of faith
and just TRY IT.
bother with us at all since our availability is so limited?
Frankly, 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