We're a small and intimate Dance Studio, servicing children and adult dancers, and been here since 1975. Our staff of 10+ professional dance instructors offer a quality product, the best NYC has to offer. We offer a diverse range of classes, to a diverse population. We encourage that diversity, and strive to offer the best classes possible for our customers. We strive to keep our prices down, and perform once a year in June. We keep our customers happy, which is why they return to us. We hope to meet you soon!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
With small children, we invite the parent into the classroom, so the child understands they are in a safe environment that their parent/guardian approves of. That usually helps a child warm up quicker.
With a new child, teen or adult, we ask what dance training they have? It helps us to place them in the proper level class, and not waste their time or dollars going into the wrong level dance class.
We do our best to offer them a decent trial lesson for free, and we have a high percentage of people who continue with us after the free trial. We try to be fair to all who come here to The DanceSource.
Our professional dance instructors bring their best lessons to offer our students, with a deep concentration in various levels of dance. We offer Ballet, Tap, Gymnastics, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballroom (Salsa, Tango, Swing, Waltz, Fox Trot), Belly Dance, Barata Nathyam, Kathak , Bollywood, Zumba, and Yoga.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Dianna Petty - B.A. in Dance/Choreography from UCLA, M.A in Theater Arts - Producing, UCLA. She has worked professionally with LA Dancers, and taught since age 13.
All of our dancers list professional credits to their name, see each one detailed on www.dancesource.net.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Our first trial class to anyone trying a DanceSource lesson is a free trial.
After that, people have options how they wish to pay.
$19.50/1 hour lesson
$185/ 10 hour dance card (good for up to 16 weeks)
$350/1 hour per week for 19 weeks (our semester rate).
We have more hourly rates, that exponentially become cheaper as you add more classes to your schedule.
How did you get started teaching?
I taught dance classes in my home dance school in exchange for the classes I was taking. I was 13, and taught there all through high school.
I learned to teach Ballet, Tap, Gymnastics, Jazz, Hula as a young dancer.
What types of students have you worked with?
I specialize with beginners, who have never danced before, in slowly helping them to recognize brain/body responses, and how to correlate brain thoughts into body movements.
I've worked with special needs dancers, wedding couples, little tiny dancers as young as 2 1/2 years old, pre-professional dancers, and anyone who wishes to dance.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
One of my former dance instructors came to me to construct her wedding dance, and they chose to do the final dance of "Dirty Dancing". We deconstructed it, reconstructed it, and she performed it with her husband at their reception. It turned out great, and the video can be seen on Facebook's The DanceSource, and on www.dancesource.net.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
We are professional instructors at The DanceSource, and we can offer a class, or private lesson, in the dance style you wish to learn. As a potential student, make sure that you connect with the teacher you are going to invest in and learn from, and be sure that you believe in their message.
We are TEACHERS first and foremost, and we will teach you skillls far beyond just the dance class. Believe in us, and we will teach you well.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
A potential student should be clear about what they want to learn, and convey how much dance training they have had. Please be clear if there is a specific time line that needs to be held to. If there are any specific ailments, pulled muscles, hurt feet, shoulder, or impairments of any kind, be sure we know in advance.