Xavier School Of Dance
Xavier School of Dance is here to serve the people with their hopes to either dance in their professional arena or to simply learn how to social dance with anyone. We teach many different styles of dance to our students so that they are able to dance anywhere in the world. We believe in keeping our students spirits alive and with strong faith that they can dance. We believe in bringing our students comfort level up to a status of confidence. We understand the importance of teaching our students the fundamentals’ of having techniques, standard, structure, understanding the musicality portions of dancing, and bringing their flavor to the dance in general....
Xavier School of Dance receives our enjoyment from the looks of joy and expressions that we observe in the faces of our students when they are learning and understanding. Similarly, that joy is the opening of Xavier’s School of Dance and why it was open. In particular, we enjoy teaching followers and leaders how to follow and lead so that they can dance any dance properly. We pride ourselves in knowing that our main focus is on creating and teaching the basic principle of partner dance in general
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Our dance programs are geared towards all Novices, beginners, intermediate, advance and professional levels dancers. We first teach all our students about the importance of the basics dance structures for partner dancing. We pay close attention to each students needs and comfort level. We believe in assisting our students in every way that affords them the ability to learn how to dance with enjoyment and comfort. We are pleased when students in our group lessons are able to comprehend the lessons at hand yet we do understand that some students may have difficulties with learning or keeping up in a group lesson. Therefore, we provide them with the extra care of attention to help keep them in a progressive state of mind. We believe our entire student body has the right to learn and it is our responsibility to see that they do. Overall, we want you to have fun while learning.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My training comes from a diversity of professional perpetrations throughout my life. I started with the *Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, from 1985 to 1989. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, academic taught me about technique and bringing my flavor from my most innersole by dramatically expressing the upper torso through Body movements. I continued with my training at the *Eddie Torres until the 1994 and later went back for more training in early 2001 to 2004. Here I was able to learn about his intricate partner turn patterns along with the appreciation for musicality. Training under the Eddie Torres curriculum allowed me to understand more about teaching other students as well affording me to meet and greet with lots of trained dancers in and around the world. I was unrelenting about learning all that I could and went on to train with *Rebecca Abas at the Four Season Dance Studio from 1995 onto 2001. There I studied the International Ballroom. I learned how to be competitive in the dance competeions. I later went on to train with the *Latin Fever Dance Studio. I was able to learn over 300 fancy foot shines and do plenty of partner-work techniques. Training under Latin Fever Dance Studio has allowed me the opportunity to understand how to teach the social aspect to dancing.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Students are welcome to pay a monthly payment or $60.00 for the month with the options of paying half price for any other dance class that we offer. Students can also pay as a walk-in for all group dance class at our standard price of $20.00. We do provide private for individual and group classes to institutions and outside events. Please ask about that when you call us at Xavier School of Dance at 347-488-9141
How did you get started teaching?
My desire came from teaching my friends and family. I always had the will to teach and very passionate in doing so. I started teaching professionally in the early part of 1994 at Four Season Dance Studio and presently.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with adults and kids of the blind and deaf, of autism, as well as miss-behaved kids. My clients also include the slow learner as well as fast learner. In addition to, we have clients of novice, beginners, intermediates’, advance to professional competitors. So we welcome all!!!
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Omar is a male student of mine who came to me to learn how to dance. He had no previous dance experience and mentioned that he was not sure if he could learn. I assured him that I could teach him and signed him up for the NY Hustle Dance classes. I told him that if he listens to my instructions he will be dancing very soon. Omar was shy about learning to dance. However, after about a year of lessons, Omar head enough confidence on the dance floor and that brought joy in my heart to the point I wanted to cry out with pure joy and excitement. When I saw his confidence a year later, I knew I was teaching the right art and that made me proud but most importantly seeing my students’ success.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for and listen to your potential instructor before starting with them. Look for how they are teaching their students in a class and how they interact with them doing their social dance functions. Check to see if they are able to tell you what you are doing well or not doing well
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
You should ask any question about your personal injuries, about your medical conditions, and or about your learning style. These questions should be asked or told to any potential instructors before starting a dance class