The most efficient way to learn, private lessons allow you to progress at your own pace according to your schedule. DanceMakers will create an individualized lesson plan reflecting your goals, abilities, and learning style. Anyone can learn to dance (really!) Start with the New Student Special for a taste of DanceMakers' style; then enroll in our Trophy System to get started on your individualized Bronze Program. Or request wedding choreography, or a showcase plan. Schedule your private lessons as close together as possible to get the most for your money! We allow students to buy one lesson at a time, or receive a discount for purchasing larger packages (no contract required.) Group classes are included in most private lesson packages.
Whether you just want some simple choreography to wow your guests at the wedding, or you are looking for the perfect way to keep romance alive throughout your marriage, DanceMakers' fast and easy system gets you moving right away, even if you've never danced a step in your life! Our focus on private lessons allows you to learn at your own pace, according to your schedule.
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Our standard program of private lessons, designed for students who want to learn to dance socially. We start with the fundamentals of dancing and cover a variety of styles and techniques, so that students can go from "zero to hero" on the dance floor as soon as possible. This approach also provides a strong foundation for dancers who want to go on to performance or competition programs. Start with our New Student Special and move on to a Bronze Program. The Trophy system provides a syllabus and check points to gage your progress.
For wedding couples with limited time or interest in dancing: we focus on simple yet effective moves that will make your "first dance" look great as quickly and easily as possible. Choreography is individualized to suit your chosen song. Ask about our 10 lesson Wedding Choreography package. In addition to preparing you for your First Dance, this package includes a "family day" to help with Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances and a smattering of social dancing so you can keep up during the reception, too. Additional sessions available one at a time, as needed.
Beginner/New Student Special group classes are offered Thursday at 7PM. This is designed to teach the basics in Ballroom, Country and Latin dancing to those with little or no dance experience. Once you are comfortable with the basics of these dances, you can move on to the Beginner Classes. If you are unsure of which class you belong in, call us at 817-244-8500 and make an appointment to discuss with one of our instructors.
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Group Classes are held Monday through Thursday. A new series of classes start each month and require enrollment in advance for the 4 class series. This allows the student to progress within the specific dance being taught that month. Use the contact form to sign up or come in/call us to enroll.
Private Group Classes
We can arrange a special group class for your family, club or church group. Meet at DanceMakers or have a teacher come to you! Contact us.
Specialty Series Classes: Occasionally, DanceMakers offers a series class for our intermediate and advanced students who want to try something different. We have offered Salsa Rueda, Argentine Tango, Lindy hop, Two Step and West Coast Swing. Get a group together and request a class in your favorite dance! Contact us.
Each Friday Night, DanceMakers transforms into the hottest nightclub in town. At 9PM we turn down the lights, turn up the music and cut loose with some great social dancing. Our no smoking, BYOB policy sets us apart from the dingy atmosphere in most clubs, and our friendly staff and students make people of all ages feel warm and welcome. We play our music in sets starting with Ballroom, picking it up with Swing and Latin, then rounding it off with Country -- all guaranteed dance-able tracks. Plus you never know when we might throw in a mixer, an exhibition or a conga line! A perfect opportunity to practice what you've learned or just come to watch. Dancing from 9-11pm.
Starting in February, 2012, we will have a "New Student Practice Session" every Friday night from 8PM to 9PM. Included will be 2-15 minute practice sessions and two mini-lessons. This gives our newer students a great opportunity to practice with other dancers of a similar level. Our friendly instructors will be present to teach and assist throughout and a variety of music will be played.
DanceMakers is proud to present students each year at several regional and national (DanceSport) competitions. Students with as few as 20 hours of instruction can enter the “newcomer” category and compete with students at the same level and age range. Dance with your teacher in the “Pro-Am” category or with your partner in the “Amateur Couple” category. DanceMakers' high quality of instruction ensures that our students always place well in competition. Since there are events going on all over the country all the time, you can choose where and when you want to compete. Or join other DanceMakers students at one of our regular events and experience the excitement of a group effort.
Showcases: After all those lessons, it's time to shine! We present Showcases two times per year as an opportunity for students to show off what they have learned. Dance with your partner, or with your teacher, a choreographed routine to a specific song. Buy a new outfit and invite your friends! Take lots of pictures! See Our Calendar for the date of the next Showcase. Sign up now to reserve a spot in the show.
Choreography for weddings, quincineras, talent shows, or school projects, no problem. Just tell us how long you have to prepare and we will create a routine that will look great on you!
Put that extra polish on your dancing by having an acclaimed dance coach work with you the way they work with the professionals! Spice up your competition or showcase choreography, improve your performance style, or focus on technique with one of our highly sought after guest instructors. Call for information about our next event. More about DanceMakers master coaches.
Most recently we have hosted George & Jairelbhi Furlong for a series of Argentine Tango classes; Natalia Fridmanovich for private lessons; Ben Hooten for both private and group workshops and Ryan Lewis for private lessons and group classes.
The Bronze Program is a customized course designed to take you from zero to hero as quickly as possible. Whether you buy your lessons in packages or a la carte, DanceMakers will tailor your lessons to accommodate your goals and learning style. You learn what you want to learn at your own pace according to your schedule. But that doesn't mean we don't have a plan. The steps and skills are taught in a logical sequence with an integrated system that includes Private lessons, Group classes, and practice at our Friday Night Parties. We provide checkpoints along the way to measure your progress.
Ballroom Dancing has three major levels. Bronze, like High school, prepares you to go out into the world of dance. Silver is like college - continue to this level if you take your dancing seriously and want to really learn to move. Gold level is like graduate work - just when you think you've learned it all, you discover a whole new world! DanceMakers divides Bronze into four sub levels:
Preliminary-Bronze - Getting Started
At this level, students learn the first three moves in at least four dances. They also learn some helpful tips and tricks to make dancing with a partner easy and fun!
Intermediate Bronze - Not a beginner anymore.
Students move on to the first five moves in their chosen dances. As patterns become more intricate, students develop more sophisticated leading and following skills. They also start to show more confidence and style.
Senior Bronze - Tearin' it up.
Students can dance the first eight moves in their chosen dances. They learn to mix and match patterns, create their own moves, and express the character and personality of each dance.
Full Bronze - The Best of The Bronze
Students master the first ten moves plus variations in all their dances. By this stage they can dance easily with any bronze level partner. Full Bronze students are confident, look great and are popular!
If you want to ...
- Attract attention on the dance floor
- Be really in demand as a partner
- Get serious about technique
- Talk to your teacher about progressing to Silver Level