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.
DANCE SHOES: Just like any
sport or activity dancing does have specialty equipment - shoes! The most distinctive feature
of this style of dance shoe is the suede-sole. This element
allows them to glide smoothly across the dance floor and spin easily
and quickly. It also provides the traction necessary to stop on command
which is very important.
are no good retail shops in town. We order our dance shoes
online. For men
the choice is really about color. There are a handful of
styles, but they pretty much all look the same. Does he
want matte black, patent, brown, or two-tone?
Latin-heeled shoes have very little support and we do not
recommend them, so it'll be a basic 1" heel for the guys' shoes.
For women there are a LOT of options. I recommend that
your first pair be a basic black sandal which can be worn with
skirts or pants. A 1.5" block heel is great for your first
practice & dance shoe. Avoid anything over 2.5" or
you'll spend all your efforts just staying upright - they
feel like skates!
Choose a shoe with solid strapping
and a quick-release buckle.
Avoid mesh & glitter. The former tears and the latter
sheds on everything. Those with narrow toe openings can be
binding on average width feet but are a good choice for
those with narrow feet.
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