Steps And The City

Steps And The City

5.0 (1)
2 employees
2 years in business

About this pro

We are classically trained dancers who have hands on experience in the field of dance performance as well as International and American education in Dance teaching, Dance Choreography and Psychology.

We are professional Latin and Ballroom dance instructors and dancers, with a background in Ballet and Contemporary dance. Trained by some of the most acclaimed dance professionals such as Sara Rudner, Emily Devine, Keith Sabado and more, we have dedicated our careers to the art of teaching and studies of human anatomy and physiology. Our passion for dance has moved us from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in England to Sarah Lawrence College in NY, furthering our dedication the performance art.

Our Ballroom/ Latin teaching experience originated at Arthur Murray Dance Studios and for the past 15 years, we have been actively competing in professional Latin division in the US.

Our approach is holistic, where we teach the person first and a dancer second and professional, where we patiently help create the dancer one wishes to become. We welcome individuals as well as couples who simply wish to learn how to dance together and feel more confident on any dance floor. We have extensive experience with working with Wedding Couples and creating Wedding Choreography that speaks to the newly weds. We cater our lesson plans to an individual, in a positive and upbeat atmosphere. You can be prepared to be challenged but also discover a passion you never knew you had. Whether you are coming in for only a few lessons or you find that this might be a hobby you would like to pursue, we will support your dance experience with great enthusiasm.

We like helping students achieve their goals. We have a decade worth of teaching experience in the field of Latin/ Ballroom dancing and over 20 years of experience in performing in the US as well as abroad. 

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Credentials

New York, NY 10001
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1 Review

5.0

  • Apostolos

    My dance class with Ivana was amazing! She's the absolute best.. she's patient, clear, courteous, and supportive in her instruction. I can't wait to take another lesson.



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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Every person is different and has their unique way of learning so our approach is adaptable to the client's needs. We try to learn as much as we can, about the person we are working with, their goals and aspirations. Whether their vision is short-term or long-term, we build a lesson plan that best suits their individual needs and will help them reach their potential.


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

Our dance education started at a young age with Ballet and Latin/ Ballroom dance classes. We studied dance at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in England, as well as Dance and Psychology at Sarah Lawrence College in NY. Aside from having 20 years of experience in performing and competing professionally in the US, we have taught at various Latin/ Ballroom dance studios in NYC such as Arthur Murray Dance Studios, Manhattan Ballroom Dance, The Ball NY, Basic Ballroom and Stepping Out Studios. We currently compete professionally in the US as well as teach in NYC.


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

Yes, we offer single lessons (1 hour long) as well as packages of 5, 10 and 15 lessons which include a certain discount off of a single lesson price. 


How did you get started teaching?

I was a young Ballet dancer in New York City, with a knowledge and experience in Latin/ Ballroom style of dance. My first job at teaching partner dancing was at a studio called Dance Chelsea. I was told I had a gift for teaching and was highly intuitive so I slowly developed my personal approach to communicating through dance and have been refining it ever since. 

Ivana


What types of students have you worked with?

We have worked with children, single men who wanted to learn how to dance with anyone, couples as well as wedding couples, homosexual couples and single women. We have also worked with perfectly healthy individuals as well as some with diffcult health conditions such as cancer and muscle atrophy. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We have recently had the pleasure of teaching a middle aged woman in preparation for the biggest Latin/ Ballroom dance competition of the year. She was to compete with her dance teacher and the dancers in her division were fierce. We worked thoroughly for a few weeks in preparing her mentally and physically for her performance. She came to her lessons fully prepared and focused, ready to challenge herself and attempted to apply every piece of information we gave her. Together, we worked hard (and with much laughter too) in discovering who she wanted to be as a dancer and that was a rewarding experience to witness.


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

The most important thing is to understand what kind of a dance experience you would like to have and what your goals are.


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

Dancing is an investment in education so it's important to know the costs of dance lessons, which will determine how often you can come to class. Also, it's worthwhile to think about one's goals, whether they are to feel more confident in one's body, to learn to dance with a partner or to take up a new hobby in the competitive scene. Once you answer these for yourself, an instructor will have an easier time with coming up with a specialized lesson plan designed specifically for your needs.


Lessons offered

Ballroom Dance Lessons Chachacha Lessons Choreography Classes