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 can give you access to technique and strategies not readily available from most instructors. We can 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, unique to WCS, but very common in sports. 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.
One-on-one coaching in our beautiful Vancouver studio, for brand-new beginners to seasoned competitors.
To ensure availability, email to request appointments in advance, but feel free to approach us at the event.
Private Lesson FAQ’s
Q: Do you work with Beginners?
A: Absolutely, frequently! There is no minimum skill level required to take a private lesson.
Q: Do you offer ProAm privates?
A: Yes, we are happy to teach a student with their regular teacher present.
Q: Does it matter which of you I work with?
A: Both of us are fine with leading and following. If you have a specific preference for followers’ styling, see Tessa. Leader’s styling, see Myles.
Q: What about parking (Vancouver)?
A: 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.
Q: Do I need to pay the deposit if I am paying online?
A: No. The deposit is only for new students who plan to pay in person.
Q: Do I need a dance dummy?
A: Dance “smarties” are always welcome and helpful, but not essential.
Q: My partner and I would like coaching on lifts. Who should we work with?
A: Ideally, both of us, for safety and accuracy. But if budget is an issue, Myles can coach solo.
Q: I’m visiting Vancouver for a week. Can I set up a bank of lessons in a row?
A: 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