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., Suite 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.
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.
How long are private lessons?
Private lessons are 1 hour long (45 minutes with an instructor and 15 minutes of practice at the end). The last couple of minutes are spent scheduling and taking notes.
What are the rates for private lessons?
Individual lesson (1 hour): $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/lesson. 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.
Are your studios BYOB?
The simple answer: YES!
We think wine or beer is the perfect accompaniment to dancing, especially if you're taking a lesson with a partner and want to make it a date night!
We only ask that you bring beer or wine (liquor is not allowed) and that you limit consumption to a 750ml bottle of wine or a six pack of beer per couple.