How much does it cost? Classes are $50 per person
for a 4-week course of 1-hour lessons.
Children and teenagers 10 - 15 may take a class partnering with
a parent or sibling, but only with a parent present. Children and
young teens will not rotate partners with adults in the class. On
the other side of the spectrum we’ve had students up to the age
of 90 participate. If your doctor says it’s ok with him then it’s
ok with us.
Registration does not guarantee an equal balance of leaders and
followers in any given class, but it usually works itself out fairly
closely as Cianne has upper level students who volunteer to partner
with students who attend a class solo. As we need some notice to
have time to contact volunteers, please call or email Cianne as
soon as possible if you wish to take a class but are without a partner.
Gift certificates are available for purchase for either group classes
or private lessons, in any dollar amount you choose. Certificates
make a great gift for family and friends for birthdays, anniversaries
or any other occasion, and are an especially nice gift for an engaged
How Long Does it Take to Learn?
How long it takes to learn to dance varies with each student - some
people learn very quickly and can be dancing after the first lesson,
some take much longer, and most fall somewhere in the middle. It
also depends upon how much you practice what you learn. Since we
only retain about 30% of what we learn the first time we see or
hear it, to get the very best foundation of basics, we recommend
that the majority of students take the Beginning Level 1 class at
least twice before moving on to Beginning Level 2. If you aren't
sure, ask the Instructor if the next level is right for you.
Private Lessons are available for singles or couples
at a rate of $50/hr. If you want to learn to dance in a hurry for
a special event, or would like one-on-one attention to your dance
needs, call or e-mail Cianne to schedule a private lesson. Please
note 24 hours notice is required to cancel or reschedule private
lesson appointments. Except in the case of an extreme emergency,
if less notice is given you will be charged for the lesson time.
Group Private Lessons are also available. Cianne
has taught private group classes for employees of Aera Energy, Wells
Fargo Bank, State Farm Insurance, Stockdale Country Club, and Bakersfield
Country Club, as well as First Presbyterian Church members. She
has also been hired to teach entire wedding parties, groups for
Quincenieras, large families, and for Hoedowns, Barbeques and other
private parties. Ask your employee activities committee to contact
Cianne to schedule a group class for your department or your company.
It’s great for stress reduction and allows employees to socialize
in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. It’s also fun to plan a group class
for a Singles Club, Youth Group, etc. Call or e-mail Cianne for
rates and time availability.
Pre-registration is not required, but it does benefit the teacher
to have prior knowledge of the number of people who will be taking
the class, so she requests that you notify her by phone or email,
then you can pay at the door the first
night. We take cash or checks (made out to Cianne McGinnis)
but do not accept credit cards. It is especially important to give early notice if you are
coming without a partner, to give us time to try to even out the gender
Cianne's upper level students often are willing to partner with
students who attend a class solo, but we need notice to have time
to contact them. If you make a commitment to attend a class solo, please be sure to contact Cianne if you find you are unable to attend. The volunteers often travel quite a distance to offer themselves as a partner, and when they get there and the new student doesn't show up, they are reluctant to volunteer again.
Please come a few minutes early on the first night of class to
have time to get checked in, and please make every effort to be
on time. If you are in class from the beginning you'll have a better
understanding than if you come in the middle of an explanation;
also, it's not fair to the rest of the class if the teacher keeps
having to repeat information for latecomers.
Most teachers rotate partners throughout the classes, although it
is not required and couples may request not to rotate. Please speak
to the instructor prior to the class if you do not wish to change
partners. As an explanation for why we rotate — even if you have
a partner, it is the unanimous opinion of the best teachers that
rotation in group classes accelerates the learning process of everyone
in the class. Since many of our upper level students take beginning
level classes to improve their own basics or to help even out the
gender mix, by rotating you'll get a chance to dance with them and
improve faster. Also, by dancing with various dancers of different
levels you will get a better perspective of what a good lead will
feel like. In large classes you may rotate through ten partners
or more and then back to your partner over and over. Each time you
get back to your partner, you will notice a difference in the feel
of the lead or follow, and you'll have something to compare it with
to help each other out. Also, when couples choose not to rotate,
often they will start to bicker with each other about who’s doing
this right and who’s not doing that correctly and they get frustrated
and give up after a few lessons. Since we are all much more polite
to strangers than we are to our loved ones (ironically) this does
not happen when you rotate partners, and as a result the classes
are a lot more fun. Plus, you get to make new friends who share
an interest in dancing with you.
What to Wear to Class
Dress comfortably and casually. The only really important item of
apparel is shoes. Comfortable shoes that stay securely on your feet
are imperative. The best dance shoes have soles that are thin and
flexible. Flats or heels are up to you, but avoid wearing thong-type
sandals, shoes with no back, platform shoes, or shoes with rubber
soles which stick to the floor, making it difficult to slide your
feet or pivot. Leather or suede-soled shoes are best.