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:

 

The code to unlock the dance

“I am so grateful for the privates and workshops that have accelerated my dance progress. Myles & Tessa’s ability to interpret my learning style and body mechanics, imparted foundations and skills that allow me to feel I can understand what can improve many situations even on-the-fly while dancing. A work in progress, but I’m now more aware when I can improve a move, figure out what is missing, and how to adjust. The bonus is that I can also better follow other instructors in workshops and fill in the blanks if necessary. Looking forward to continued development and enjoyment of musicality, partner communication, boing, and kissing, that turn a good dance into a great experience.”

Mike MacNeill

10x your learning

“Working with Myles and Tessa has changed my entire perspective on how I look at not just West Coast Swing but all Dancing in general.  As someone who has spent years practicing and thousands on lessons I can honestly say that working with M&T is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to learn how to dance.  What I would spend 10 privates on with another instructor they can not only teach in a single lesson, but get to me a point where I am far more confident in my understanding of the subject.  They have taught me to look into the how and why a dance works and allowed me to not only fix my own bad habits in WCS but also in my Ballroom as well. Thank you so much M&T for all of your dedication to not just dance but to the art of teaching it as well.”

 

Glenn Clark

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

Mind blown

“I absolutely love Myles and Tessa’s approach to teaching. In just the first hour I spent with them, so many light bulbs were set off that I had to stop so I could start trying to keep track. They have a sincerity about them that I really appreciate. They’re really intent on helping me not just become a better dancer, but to understand what makes me a better dancer. It’s some of the best stuff you could hope to get from a teacher.”

Stryder Crown

Diagnosis with solutions

We just wanted to send you a quick thank you note for our private lessons.  Personally, I have been a huge fan of your teaching and it was amazing to have a private lesson with you finally.  I love that you teach concepts and give plenty of examples while properly diagnosing issues and providing effective solutions.  I hope we will be able to work with you again in the future.  Until then, it’s practice time!

Michael Lam