- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009
My fiancé and I went made an appointment at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (in Milwaukee, WI) for two introductory “private” dance lessons. We just wanted to learn a few moves to feel more comfortable during our first dance. We did not want to learn a choreographed dance or become professional dancers. We were just looking to learn a few basic steps to give us more confidence. When we called and made the appointment they said this was fine, and that we could sign up for 2 introductory private lessons for $80. When we arrived the studio was full of other couples all working with different instructors on different things. Some of the instructors were yelling and being very loud and obnoxious, making it hard to hear and feel comfortable. We did learn a few things in the 15 minutes that we were dancing with the instructor, but we spent the rest of the hour lesson listening to a sales pitch about signing up for more lessons, at least 5-7, for $89 a piece. The instructor never asked what we wanted our first dance to be like, or what we wanted to get out of our lesson. We felt really uncomfortable, and they wouldn’t let us leave without committing to at least 5 more lessons. Luckily, we told them that we would think more about it and pay next class. You would think they would have at least waited until after the second lesson to give you the sales pitch, but no, they dive right in. I’m sure Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a great place to learn how to dance if you want to perform a routine at your wedding or you’re aspiring to become a dancer, but I would NOT recommend it if you’re just looking to learn a few steps to prepare for the first dance at your wedding. In any case, be prepared for a pushy sales pitch!