how many advanced teachers are there? the higher up in the education scale you go the less accessible the people who can teach you become. a beginner should be taught with MORE CARE actually than a more advanced student. i didn't say that beginners students were worth less. there are more beginner teachers out there who can teach those basics to beginner students. thus the cost of beginner lessons is less, or should be less. plus... i'm not looking at it from the teachers point of view. many advanced dance instructors don't get all the money that is charged the student. a large cut goes to the studio which they have come to teach for and to the cost of travel to get to that studio. just like at a college or university. the tuition that a student pays does not go straight to the professor. the school takes it piece of the pie first and then pays the instructor. but... the fact remains as the student you've paid more for that instruction than you did for your elementary education. the quality of the instruction is not the issue that i'm talking about. its the level of instruction and those instructors that are qualified to give that level of instruction. no matter what the level though, the quality should be high. good beginner instructors can teach you the basic concepts just as well as a more advanced instructor. so learn from the beginner instructor (at a lesser rate) until you are ready for the more advanced instructor (at a higher rate). i want to add a little "qualifier" here... take note that and elementary education goes from grade 1-12 and that a first grader is not expected to learn what a senior in highschool is learning. BUT the cost is the same. so a lot of the material you learn in a dance school is learning from grade 1-12. not college level... but that doesn't mean you can't get some additional tutoring along the way, and you do pay extra for tutors in elementary school.