Private Lessons

 

 

The most efficient mode of learning

 

Like a personal trainer or a tutor, private lessons are highly recommended for dancers of all levels (even beginners and instructors) who are serious about improving their dancing and want the most value for their money. This one-on-one personal feedback is by far the most effective and efficient method of learning. We give you access to technique and strategies not readily available from most instructors, and help you create new possibilities in your dancing, at your own pace, your own level, and in your own style.

 

About our teaching style

 

Our Swing Literacy Development Method is different from the traditional method of teaching dance. It uses a skill development approach, which is common in sport, that we have tailored to WCS. Prepare to hear a whole new perspective. Regardless of the purpose of the lesson, we build skills from the ground up, correcting any foundational issues along the way.  The advice, corrections, and drills we offer are based on years of experimenting to find the most effective methods to teach body mechanics and efficient movement, not based on our opinions.

We often use a Socratic method: rather than spoon-feeding instructions, we use questioning techniques to guide students to develop skills organically, which makes them learn faster and “feel” better. These techniques tend to be more interactive and require more engagement from the student. We put the student at ease by offering encouragement and solutions without artificial ego-stroking: we prefer to get right to the source of the issue so you get full value for your time.

As master teachers with over 40+ years of combined training and experience,
we can assure you – our methods get results.

 

Teacher Coaching

Coaching for teachers, about teaching WCS.
Purchase your 45-min Teaching Impact Strategy Session:

Private Lesson FAQ’s

 

Do you work with Beginners?

Absolutely, frequently! There is no minimum skill level required to take a private lesson.

Do you offer ProAm privates?

Yes, we are happy to teach a student with their regular teacher present.

Does it matter which of you I work with?

Both of us are well-versed at leading and following. If you have a specific preference for followers’ styling, see Tessa. Leader’s styling, see Myles.

What about parking (Vancouver)?

Parking is free, under the Broadway Ballroom building. Come up to the reception desk to get your student pass you need to display on your dashboard.

Do I need to pay the deposit if I am paying online?

No. The deposit is only for new students who plan to pay in person.

Do I need a dance dummy?

Dance “smarties” are always welcome and helpful, but not essential.

My partner and I would like coaching on lifts. Who should we work with?

Ideally, both of us, for safety and accuracy. But if budget is an issue, Myles can coach solo.

Oops! My package expired, and I still have a bunch of lessons left!

You can pay a $50 reactivation fee that gives you 2 months to use your remaining lessons.

I'm visiting Vancouver for a week. Can I set up a bank of lessons in a row?

Absolutely! Contact us directly to arrange for times outside of our regular availability in order to accommodate your travel dates. Here’s a link to the hotel nearest the studio (2 blocks): Park Inn & Suites

 

Hear from our students:

 

Becoming more responsive partners

Every lesson is packed with generously supplied information which is put into practice before proceeding to other topics and leaves us with material to work on long after the lesson is over.  From our first lesson on, Myles and Tessa figured out a learning progression that suited us and helped us become more responsive dance partners.

Veronica Wisniewski

Tessa is a magician!

I’ve watched Tessa as she utterly transformed the dancing of newbie leader in an hour. When she invited me to feel his connection and stretch, my jaw dropped. He felt better than a lot of leaders who have been dancing for years!

Yubin Kim

Tailored teamwork

“Having had private lessons from both Myles and Tessa, I found the combination of the teachings from these two to be a very inspiring experience. From fundamental technique to very specific movements unique to myself, these two worked together to provide a combination of lessons that have been invaluable. They were able to set me on a path with many tools to work with, tailored to my needs.”

Deb Zokol

Support in transition

“I have taken lessons and workshops with both Myles and Tessa and have been impressed with their professional approach to teaching. Having come from a long history of “other” dance forms it was refreshing to be welcomed and encouraged to explore the script of West Coast Swing and then to be enthusiastically encouraged to incorporate my knowledge from my previous career in ballet, tap, contemporary, flamenco, jazz..SOOOO much fun! Their honesty and support in growing up in WCS is valuable to all and certainly appreciated by me.”

Ruth Norgaard

Understanding the how and the why

“On a personal level, Tessa and Myles have both personally helped me move beyond my limits.  They are encouraging as teachers, their collective knowledge of movement and dance, and sheer experience shines through in their interaction.  Their private lessons are effective, but be prepared to work: their analysis and attention to details leave no stone unturned.  They move beyond the monkey-see-monkey-do by presenting the concepts behind the ideas, reinforcing the foundations beneath the help you want.  Be prepared to walk away from these guys a better dancer!”

Ian Manson