QWill I look silly?
AWhen we say leave your cares behind, we mean it. We want you to focus on the joy of dancing without any anxiety. That’s why we invite only the most professional and encouraging independent instructors to teach at our studio. Their passion for teaching and love of dance will immediately put you at ease.
QWhat should I wear?
AFor dance lessons, wear lightweight dress shoes or dance shoes. No sneakers, rubber soled shoes or spike heels. Stretchy, lightweight clothing will be easiest to move in. For any fitness classes wear exercise attire (sneakers are great for Zumba®).
QDo I need to buy special dance shoes?
ANot initially. Wear lightweight, leather-soled shoes that fit well (no sneakers, flip-flops, clogs, or open-backed shoes). The goal is to be able to move and spin effortlessly. Eventually, you’ll want to invest in dance shoes made for the dances you’ve learned.
QShould I be concerned about injury?
AOur lessons are low impact and taught at a pace that should not cause injury. If you are concerned because of a current condition or previous injury, consult your doctor for a physical before starting lessons.
QTell me about dancing – what is the difference between Ballroom, Latin, and Social Dancing?
ABallroom dancing is a form of partner dancing where two people move in harmony together and with the music, usually on a crowded dance floor. There are many types of ballroom dances, generally divided into two major groups: “Smooth” dances move around the floor, and “Latin” dances are danced in place. Latin dancing is a form of ballroom dancing characterized by rhythmic movements and syncopated or percussive Latin beats. The movements, usually danced in place, are compact and expressive. Latin dances are popular and fun party dances. Examples include Salsa, Cha-cha, Rumba, and Merengue. Social dancing is simply the term for any type of partnered dancing which is done at a social event. Popular social dances are Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Tango and Rumba.
QWhat are group classes?
AGroup classes consist of beginners to advanced, and we will help you find the right class for your level. Beginners usually start lessons in a group class with other people with the same level of dance experience. Everyone learns together in a fun and relaxed environment. Group classes are designed to be fun!
QWhat are private lessons?
ABeginners and advanced dancers will benefit from one-on-one instruction. Your instructor will focus on your needs and goals in a comfortable, private atmosphere. We suggest that if you take private lessons, you also take group classes for quicker results. Contact us if you’d like help in choosing your instructor.
QWhat do private lessons cost?
APrivate lesson rates vary by instructor and level. Call the studio at 913.831.9848 for more information, or visit the Instructors page.
QWhich types of dances should I learn?
ALearn all your favorites! Our group classes offer many styles, including Waltz, Swing and more. The more dances you know, the easier it will be to learn new ones. Once you have the fundamentals down, you’ll begin to move like a natural and your own style will emerge.
QHow often should I take lessons?
AAs a beginner, it would be best to take one to two lessons per week. That way, you’ll quickly build upon the skills you’ve learned and integrate them into future lessons.
Check out our upcoming events for a chance to practice the steps learned during your lessons.
QDo I need a partner?
ANot at all! Solo dancers dance with independent instructors during private lessons and are welcome in group classes and dance parties. You’ll dance with different partners, which is the best way to learn.
QWhere do I sign up?
Call our office at 913.831.9848 and we’ll get you started!
QWhat are my obligations?
At Mélange, you pay as you go – no contracts or memberships. If you love it, you’ll want to keep learning!
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
Please give 24-hour notice if you need to cancel or reschedule a lesson (instructors’ cancellation policies vary).