Ballroom Dance > Private Lesson Length

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Yanou, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. Yanou

    Yanou Member

    I am out of town now and just had a drop-in private lesson at a studio. The length of one lesson at this particular studio was 30 min. My home studio's lesson length is 45 min. We usually spend 40 min. for lesson and 5 min. for notes and a little break for teachers. My studio used to have 60 min. lessons with 55 min and 5 min breakdown.

    What are the length of the private lesson at your studio? If it is 45, do you spend the full 45 min. for lessons and 5 min for notes/breaks? (With this, time slot allocated for each lesson is 50 min.)
  2. _malakawa_

    _malakawa_ New Member

    i am teaching 40 minutes + 5 minutes notes, booking next lesson ....

    but it also depends on a lesson. for example we have introductory special which are half an hour lessons.
  3. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    Yep, I'm accustomed to 45 minute lessons (all teaching unless I ask the teacher to save some time for notes or summarization afterwards). When I started 4 or 5 years ago they were 50 minute lessons.

    I know some studios have introductory lessons with their staff teachers of 30 minutes.
  4. waltzguy

    waltzguy Active Member

    45 minutes here too.

    One independent instructor that I went to years back offered hour-long lessons, but not sure if that's still the case today.
  5. samina

    samina Well-Known Member


  6. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    45 minutes, with just a minute or two to sign the books.
  7. skipper

    skipper New Member

    In my studio lessons are 50 minutes with a 10 minute break for the "change over".
    Introductory lessons are 30 minutes.
    I think the national trend is for 45 minutes.
  8. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    45 here, how it's allocated depends on what we're doing that day (after comp might spend half the lesson watching video together and taking notes, etc). Introductory is 30 minutes.
  9. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    60 minutes, plus time to write
    But the other issue is how much do you pay on a per-minute scale?
  10. emeralddancer

    emeralddancer Active Member

    varies I believe on studio and instructor.

    Mine is anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. But depends on what he is teaching me, breaks and such.... typically 45 minutes!
  11. suburbaknght

    suburbaknght Well-Known Member

    My previous studio was 40 and 5, my new one is 55 and 5. I preferred the shorter lessons because I normally arrange my privates as double lessons and two hours gets to be a bit much.
  12. _malakawa_

    _malakawa_ New Member

    With all international coaches and teachers that I worked with,they teach 45 or 50 minutes.
  13. waltzguy

    waltzguy Active Member

    I don't even want to know. Ouch on my wallet.
  14. Yanou

    Yanou Member

    Thanks for the replies. So, it looks like 45 min. is the norm with 30 min. for introductory/starter lessons.

    Like suburbakngt, I usually have my lesson as double and it's about right for me since my lessons are intense with no warmups in the beginning of the lessons. I do a 10-15 min. warmups before my lessons on my own.

    Before I got my current teacher and before the studio moved to the 45 min. system, my old teacher used to have 5 min. warmup in the beginning and 10 min. for "finishing up" (meaning just do ECS for fun). I felt a bit cheated then.

    Speaking of cost per min..... I also don't want to think about it.
  15. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    I find 45 minutes to be too short to really get into something - I have to do 60. However, more than 90 at one time and my concentration starts to flag.

    Rather than start a new thread, can I ask what do others see as the ideal lesson-lenghth learning time?
  16. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    hmmm....for single lessons I prefer 50 minutes or an hour instead of the normal 45 minutes. I've had lessons at both and I find that it just seems to work better for me.
  17. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    hi LG - happy boxing day! Suppose you can (or must) take unlimited time - how long could you learn?
  18. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    hi ee! happy boxing day to you also...though it's not quite official where I am as of yet.

    As for how much I could do given the opportunity of unlimited time, it would depend on the type of lesson and what the efficiency threshold would be.

    If I was having a partnered practice type lesson, I could probably go more than an hour at a time because those are usually centered more on getting connection and partnership work right and repetition is key. If I was doing strict (and intense) technique work by myself in front of the coach, I could probably last an hour before I needed a break.

    If a short break was okay between each hour lesson (of either type), I could probably do two hours at a time and still be pretty effective in the learning process.
  19. Becca

    Becca Active Member

    Depending on who I'm going to, the lessons are either 40 or 45 minutes. So if they are 40 minutes, I will take 3 at a time to make it 2 hours, if they are 45 minutes I will take 2 at a time to make it an 1.5 hours. All of this time is spent on the dancing. None of my teachers ever try to rush me out of the studio after the lesson, and in the past, every single one of them has been known to stay with me afterwards to chat to me about anything I want to talk to them about. On one occasion, two of them actually stayed with me for 3 hours afterwards. Maybe I'm lucky that they're not so busy with lesson after lesson booked in, but anyhow, this works very well for me.
  20. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    my lessons are 45 minutes

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