Ballroom Dance Chicago FAQ
Where are you located? How can I get there?
We have two main studios and one satellite location in Chicago.
The Home studio is located in the neighborhood of Lakeview at 4039B N. Ravenswood Ave (near Irving Park), Chicago, IL 60613.
You can reach us by nearby public transportation: Brown Line CTA stop at Irving Park, Ashland Bus # 9, and Irving Park Bus # 80
Driving Directions: Ravenswood Ave has two directions, running on either side of the Metra tracks. We are located at the Ravenswood on the East side of the Metra tracks. Free parking is available in front of our building.
The Loft studio is located in the West Loop of Chicago at 845 W Fulton St, Ste 213, Chicago, IL 60607 (in Fulton Market District).
You can get to the West Loop loft by nearby public transportation: Blue Line CTA stop at Grand, Green & Pink Line CTA stop at Morgan
Driving Directions: We are located on the South side of Fulton St between Peoria St & Green St.
Metered and valet parking is available in the neighborhood.
Is there a difference between your studios, other than location?
While we offer similar services at both our spaces, the two studios are quite different from each other. Our Lakeview location is a huge space with a competition-sized dance floor, which allows students focusing on traveling dance styles to utilize more space and gain comfort performing larger movements.
The West Loop Loft in the Fulton Market District is more of a social dance studio and offers students a more intimate space to perfect their dancing. The West Loop Loft is also surrounded by new and trendy restaurants and nightlife; so if you're looking to precede or follow your dance class with a restaurant experience, this space would be perfect for you!
Both studios offer wedding and social private lessons and BYOB group dance classes for dancers of any level. If you're uncertain which space might be a good fit for you, contact us!
What hours are you open? When can I take lessons?
At our Lakeview home studio and West Loop Loft location, we teach Tuesday through Friday from 1pm to 10pm and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. At the West Loop Loft, lessons are available on Sundays and Mondays by appointment. Our lessons begin on the hour.
How long are private lessons?
Private lessons are an hour long and begin on the hour. The last 5 to 10 minutes are spent scheduling and taking notes.
What are the rates for private lessons?
Individual lesson (60 minutes): $90 – $110, depending on the number of lessons purchased in a package. Per lesson pricing is also available. Rates for working with Matthew, Master Instructor, range from $145 - $175/hour. Don’t feel pressured to make a decision about the number of lessons right away. You can speak with your instructor about your goals and your time frame.
How often should I take lessons?
We recommend taking lessons as often as possible. Many students take multiple lessons per week. We suggest coming in at minimum once per week so that you retain the information you’ve learned and get the most out of your lessons.
When should I start taking lessons?
We recommend taking lessons as soon as possible, at least 3 months before your wedding. Couples looking for a choreographed dance should come in at least 6 months early. The more time you give yourself to practice your dance, the more confident and skilled you will become. It’s just like studying for a big exam: you usually get better results when you study for an extended period of time beforehand, as opposed to pulling an all night cram session right before the test. Give yourself the time you need to be successful.
What should I expect from my first dance lesson? What should I wear?
Treat your first lesson as a way to get to know the studio and a way for your instructor to learn about you, your needs and goals. Simply have fun and enjoy learning a new skill!
Wear anything that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Bring shoes that you will wear when you go out dancing or similar to the ones you will wear at your wedding. Sneakers are not recommended. For the full details about your first dance lesson, read more about Your First Visit.
What if we haven't chosen a song for our first dance?
Firstly, not to worry. You can begin taking dance lessons without knowing your song. Your instructor can start by exploring different styles of dance with you, and this will help you decide on a song that suits your favorite dance style. We’ve written many blog posts with useful tips about choosing your first dance song. Contact us if you have questions or would like more suggestions.
What is your cancellation policy?
To cancel a lesson without being charged for the lesson, you must notify us 24 hours before your lesson starts (For example, if your scheduled lesson starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, you must call or email us before 8 p.m. on Tuesday). If you must cancel within the 24-hour period, you will be charged for the lesson in full. To reschedule a lesson, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 504-5866
Are lesson packages refundable?
All of our lessons and packages of lessons are nonrefundable and do not expire. After one year, packages of lessons only retain the original purchase value and can be applied to the purchase of a new package.