Footnotes Ballroom Company

Footnotes Ballroom Company

5 employees
7 years in business

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Here at Footnotes Ballroom Company, we have built a dance community for all those who are willing to dance. We are a social dance and competitive ballroom studio that is well-versed in both areas. Anybody and everybody is welcome at our studio! We just want to share our love of dance with the world!

Dancing as a job is a dream come true! To be able to do what you love and share it with those around you, is truly inspiring! The best part is getting to know tons of different types of people and watching them grow throughout their dance journey! To teach dance and to learn dance is truly rewarding.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When a new student comes to the studio, we spend about 5-10 minutes getting to know them to understand their needs and wants out of their lesson. Each lesson is tailored by the student and teacher together to make sure the student is getting the best quality lesson for the amount of time provided. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

All of our instructors are certified by DVIDA in the dances and divisions they teach. This is an extremely thorough and time-consuming certification that gets great results!

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Our individual lesson rate is $85 for a 45-minute session.

We offer discounted prices for students under the age of 22. A 45-minute lesson is $60.

We also offer memberships at our studio so that our client can feel a sense of belonging to a community. Memberships range from $240/month, $320/month, $380/month and $580/month. They are categorized by Student Membership-Basic Membership-Couple's Membership-Multi-Membership.

Each Membership offers 4-8 discounted private lessons per month, unlimited group class access and unlimited parties. This way you are able to dance all you can for an entire month. Utilizing group classes to gain a lot of info in a short amount of time and then supplementing those classes with private lessons to expand on that information.

How did you get started teaching?

We started teaching about 7 years ago at another studio. Dance has always been a part of our lives and now we want to make it a part of yours!

What types of students have you worked with?

We have all types of students! Male and female, old and young, poor and wealthy! Our age ranges from 6 years to 70 years! Dance is a great way to stay healthy, become physically fit, gain confidence, and acquire grace and poise. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We are very fond of our Floorplay event! It happens every August and it is a charitable dance competition! By holding this event and with the help of our sponsors and donors, we raise money for a cancer charity. This year we donated to the cancer ward at C.S. Mott's Children's Hospital as we wanted to work more locally. In past recent years, we have donated directly to The American Cancer Society. This year was a very successful year for the charity and we look forward to being goofy and raising money next summer!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Committing to taking dance lessons can be a big step for some. Despite popular belief, know that you DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DANCE TO START TAKING BALLROOM LESSONS! That's why we are here! We all had our humble beginnings! A new dancer must have an open mind and be committed to practicing to get better. Just as a dance instructor should be patient, kind, and professional.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your dance goals? What dances would you like to learn? Would you like to be a competitive dancer or do you want to stick to social dancing? Do you have a wedding coming up that you'd like to learn how to get around the floor? How much time do you have to commit to dancing outside of the studio? What fits your budget? What are you looking for in a teacher?

Just remember, if you really want to learn to dance you will make it happen :)

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