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.
Live: in Vancouver
One-on-one coaching in our beautiful Vancouver studio, for brand-new beginners to seasoned competitors.
Live: at Events
To ensure availability, email to request appointments in advance, but feel free to approach us at the event.
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Private Lesson FAQ’s
More comfortable and confident now
I started WCS in 2014 and had quite a few patterns but they were not well organized and hardly any of them worked comfortably or consistently. Tessa helped organize my patterns so they made more sense and were easier for me to remember and follow. We worked on improving my adaptability and helping me be a better partner which made my social dancing more confident, comfortable and fun. Lessons with Tessa have been a huge benefit for my WCS.
A clear and specific prescription
“Myles and Tessa have a wealth of experience and understanding of human kinetics to draw from, and it’s really apparent in their teaching. Working with Myles made me aware of presentation and finishing in a way I’d never really considered before. Tessa is able to take concepts that other teachers might only describe vaguely or by feel, and break them down into discrete, specific pieces that pinpoint trouble spots – and, more importantly, how to fix them. I leave knowing exactly what needs to be worked on and how, and that’s incredibly empowering.”
“What I love about lessons with Tessa is her really interesting way of teaching. She never says : “Stop thinking, just do this shape like that because I told you to”. Instead, she takes the time to ask you the right questions to guide you to think for YOURSELF about your dance. This self-analysis makes me understand my own body mechanics, and learn even faster! Now every time I leave the ballroom, it’s always with a big smile because I had a lot of fun and also because I discovered something new about my way of dancing. It’s always like a revelation.”
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!
Tailored for building success
Though we have different learning styles — one of us is a kinesthetic learner and the other an analytic learner who translates words into motion — Myles and Tessa have effectively taught us both in joint lessons. We developed not only our technique and ability to execute moves, but also our ability to further build dancing skills on our own.