Post # 1
My fiance and I paid for 5 private lessons to learn a fun and easy, choreographed hip hop number for our first dance. I watched alot of youtube videos and felt it was doable and fun.
The guy who taught us was all over the place. The first 3 classes, he didn’t come up with any choreography.. he just did warmups with us. The last 2 classes, he showed us a few moves but every time he told us to repeat it, he would change the moves on the spot. It made it hard to memorize anything. We even brought in a song we’d like to dance to and he didn’t take it into consideration.
We just came back from our last class and we basically have nothing. The sucky part is.. we paid 400 dollars for these classes. I’m comtemplating finding other hip-hop classes to get some sort of choreo. We don’t need to do choreography but I feel like it was such a waste of money if we don’t do anything.
What would you do in this situation after paying so much only to get nothing.
P.S. The guy even wanted us to buy more lessons too in the end. We told him it wasn’t in our budget. I guess it was my fault with not being more aggressive with this guy.
Post # 3
I would cut my losses and do my own thing. Do not buy more lessons from anybody, much less the guy who didn’t teach you anything. Just dance! Enjoy yourself and that will be better then any cheesy forced dance. Have fun!
Post # 4
Could you try and copy the moves from some of the youtube videos you’ve seen. Also look at some dance videos from the style you want to dance ex: Justin Timberlake or Christina Aguilera. Of course, it doesn’t have to be as elaborate but just use them as ideas.
Post # 5
There’s some pretty good stuff on youtube. We tried doing that, but we only did it like twice so it just made us a bit less awkward. If the guy works in a studio, I would inform them, it’s in their best interest to provide good services.
Post # 6
I would inform the studio and try to get some of my money back, if I were you. Don’t take no for an answer! 🙂
Post # 7
I agree with talking to the studio if he’s part of the studio! But if you can’t get any money back, I would also look into taking a few weeks of regular group classes…it will be cheaper than private ones and you can get some moves down, maybe learn some small routines. Plus you will learn more than just a single routine and have some moves to mix in for the whole reception 🙂 Then you can work on your own routine or try again with a (different!) private instructor. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of the $400 though!!! That would make me so angry as well 🙁
Post # 8
I’d think he’s supposed to have a routine figured out at least in by the 2nd class so he could TEACH you guys, not to chreograph as you take the lessons. That would be confusing. I don’t know what was in the agreement but I’d be very dissatisfied with his work – he essentially didn’t render a service that you paid for. $400 is quite a bit of money. I’d try to get at least some of the money back. That makes me angry. It sounded like he didn’t put any effort and thoughts into really helping you guys come up with a routine.
Post # 9
That is very frustrating. If the instructor told you that you’d have a choreographed after four sessions and didn’t deliver, then you should have complained to him and see if you could work something out. If you couldn’t work it out with him, then you should talk to the owner of the studio.
Post # 10
Wow I don’t know that I would have walked out of that fifth lesson without the guarantee of some of my money back! This guy sounds like he is very unprofessional–if I were you, I would tell him you were very unsatisfied, that you told him your needs and his services did not meet or exceed those needs like you were promised.
Good luck! Sounds like a headache to deal with and a time waste, that’s a shame 🙁
Post # 11
Ugh! This sucks! I would definitely recommend a partial, if not FULL refund. $400? What a rip-off!
As some other girls suggested, check YouTube. We pulled something from a Dancing with the Stars routine from a few years back. It is just a matter of HOW WILLING you are to do it. If you really want to do it, put your heart and soul in it. It looks like your time is running out (Oct 2009 wedding) but start practicing now!
Post # 12
400$ for nothing? Yeaaaaaah I’d talk to the studio and tell them that he didn’t help you even a little bit. 400 is alot to not get your money’s worth!