1Do I need a partner?
Absolutely not. Your instructor will act as your partner on your lessons and many partners are available at our activities.
2How much do lessons cost?
You can get started dancing for $35. But there are different levels of participation at our studios, so give us call to find out about a plan that's right for you.
3Where can I practice the skills I have learned?
At National Dance Clubs of Middle Tennessee, we encourage social activities like Friday Night Dances, Tuesday Nights Out and special couples activities. We also travel to different Middle Tennessee area venues. We want to encourage our students to practice in many different environments, including Wild Horse Saloon and B.B. King’s.
4Do I have to sign a contract?
We have been in business in Tennessee for over 30 years and our agreements simply spell out your purchase and your goal, for your protection and ours. You are not charged for a lesson if you are dissatisfied with it and our agreements are fully cancelable.
5How and when are lessons scheduled?
You can schedule lessons Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. We recommend you schedule one lesson at a time or a handful of lessons close together until you know the basics. After you’ve learned the basics, you can choose which styles of dance you’d like to focus on. We request that you provide 24 hour notice if you are unable to attend your scheduled lesson because a teacher will be waiting to teach you!
6What should I wear to my first lesson?
We recommend you dress business casual. Although we want you to be comfortable and mobile, workout gear is a little too informal. Skirts are OK, but not required. For shoes, pick something with hard soles as opposed to rubber. Do not wear wedges, stilettos, or flip flops. After your first few lessons, your teacher will advise on dance shoes.
Your First Lesson
Everyone is a little nervous about trying something new, so here is a description of what to expect from your first lesson. The whole experience will last about an hour. The only rule about dress is to strive for comfort, so consider wearing loose clothing, smooth soled shoes (heels are optional for ladies). Tennis shoes are not ideal to dance in, and dark soles can mark our floor.
- Assessment Stage: You will first meet with one of our Managers who will ask you questions in order to better understand the following: What is your current dance experience (have you had any dance lessons before)? Is there a special event coming up that should be considered in planning your experience? Is there a particular dance that you want to learn and why?
- Instructor “Matching” Stage: Based on your answers, you will be matched with an instructor that best fits your particular needs.
- Dancing Stage: Your instructor will then work with you for 30 to 40 minutes teaching you basic elements, how to lead or follow, and introduce you to a basic in 1-2 dances. Within a few minutes, you will be having so much fun that you have forgotten that there is anyone else in the room. Your instructor’s goal is to prove to you that 1) you CAN learn to dance and 2) that it's probably much easier than you ever anticipated!
- Presentation of Dance Packages: We set goals with our students, and your instructor can go over what dance options make sense for your goals and will also ask you to provide feedback on his or her teaching job. All of our introductory packages include a combination of Private Lessons, Group Classes, and Practice Parties to help you reach your goal quickly and easily!
For those of you that are more advanced, don't worry! We have many levels of dancers ranging from absolute beginner through advanced hobbyist.