I can give you a lot of background about how many years I’ve been teaching, what styles of dance I teach, and more about me … but your wedding isn’t about me (although that information is available on my website if you’re interested).
Click here to access this article in a printable PDF: Why Choose HTGD for your Wedding Dance
Weddings are so personal to you that you should choose whomever you are most comfortable with as your dance teacher. Some of the considerations are price (I held my own wedding in 2012, so I know how quickly expenses add up!), but just as important is finding a vendor (no matter what service) who you feel comfortable working with. Your dance instructor, like any vendor, needs to keep you and your needs and wants as the focus, which is what I try to do with all of my clients.
If booking a private lesson or package of lessons, half of your first private lesson would be free, since we would take time to go over what you’re wanting, your music choice, and for me to gain an understanding of your dance abilities. So we always book a first private lesson for two hours although you are only charged for one.
My most recent wedding couple came to me after having gone to another studio requesting a choreographed wedding dance. What they received was $1600 worth of group and private lessons and no choreographed dance. Then they were told choreography would cost another $1000. I listened to what they wanted and worked with them to design a lesson plan and budget that would meet their needs – and this is what I do for ALL my students. No point in being charged $1600 for you to be unhappy with what you received! I probably could have charged this couple more than what I did (which was less than $1000), but I only charged them for what I felt they actually needed. Happy dancers refer other dancers, so I don’t feel the need to make all my money from you 🙂
The only reason I charge tuition is because I have to pay overhead, but I teach dance because I love to dance and I love to help others learn how. This is reflected in my pricing and philosophies. Nothing more exciting for me than taking people who say “I don’t know how to dance” and then having them send you a video clip from their wedding dance where they look amazing!.
Feel free to contact me with more questions or if you need more info. And whether or not you choose our studio, you can benefit from this wedding dance planner. Just print it, fill it out and take it to your instructor: http://hitthegrounddancing.com/blog/2013/09/12/wedding-dance-planning/