Cant Afford My Lessons :-(

Ok so I'm sure you all know that lessons can be very very expensive. I am abut to start taking some privates every week to every other week with a coach/judge/teacher (in case the titles make a difference) and each lesson is about $100 for 45 min! So my queestion is, does anyone have any creative ideas on how to legally make some extra cash. My friend suggested selling candies which I thought was a joke but I'm strating to take her seriously. I want to start seriously competing soon so I am kinda in a hurry here. Thanks for reading everyone!


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You and I live in the same area - this is not the standard out here (except for the chain studios, which are higher).

We take lessons from champions and pay less. When I say champions, I mean champions - plural. We're in-and-out of studios from LA through OC to San Diego.

Please PM me and we can talk.
Well, maybe you can start selling things. I make my own jewelry and sell them. It didn't cost a lot to get a license, but you have to get a license if you want to sell things legally like that. It was pretty easy to do though. Selling candies and/or things like even Mary Kay are a good idea and from what I understand you don't need a license if you go with a company like that. You could probably sell Mary Kay to your dancer friends. I mean seriously. Think of something maybe related to dance that you can sell like what I did. It's just a thought. I feel for you though.


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I just want to ditto what reb said: there are numerous national and international champions in the area (and who are also excellent teachers) charging less.


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I just want to ditto what reb said: there are numerous national and international champions in the area (and who are also excellent teachers) charging less.
and excellent teachers who are not champions

and . . . excellent teachers who are not champions (yet);)

There's a lot out here.
Thanks for your input everyone! I didnt wanna say any names or anything but she has won numerous titles. I did think it was pricey but I was told that privates do run a lot especially with judges. I was thinking of teaching but would like to compete in amateur. Once again thanks for your input and I'll let you know what happens :)
Some of the titles: Open British Proffesional Latin Champion
UK Prof Latin Champion
Twice European Latin Champion
US Open Prof Latin Champion
German Open Latin Champion
and more.... I have my eye on takling lessons with this instructor because I have heard they give awesom results but I know it depends on the students as well. Do you think its worth it for someone who is treching their money? My part-time partner says yes. Any input?


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chocolatechica....what level are you at? The credentials of this coach are quite good (and hopefully she/he has a good eye for analysis and developed a good teaching method), but depending on your level, you may have the opportunity to make sure your fundamentals are sound with an outstanding coach whose rates are a tad more affrordable. Then I might suggest that you supplement your coaching with this high powered help.
P.S. I just contacted another instructor and they wanted to charge $110 for 45 min. Wow! Can you imagine? It must be nice making close to $100 an hour. What a job!
Are other coaches with similar credentials cheaper in your area? I would recommend to get the best you can afford. It's important that you learn the basics right... a lot of people end up having to relearn them and struggling with bad habits.

I consider the best: best dancer which has proven to teach and create great high level dancers too.


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are we talking coach or instructor here?...I am befuddeld...I never pay less than 120 for a coach...and only some will take me w/out pro...but for a regular lesson lordie, that's alot....I suppose if I was open gold and they'd dance with me I'd be happy to do that but, yikes, not right off the bat


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in my little pro/am corner of the instructor is my teacher, my pro..granted he, and certainly instructors of greater notariety, have gone here and there to coach...certainly any pro can, but the charge for that is generally more than what they charge a student for a our case, the coaches we have fly in from somewhere, they usually have a few titles on which to hang their hats and they charge accordingly...and one cannot assume that they will spend any time dancing with you...though it is generally heaven when they do, and both my instructor and I get the coaching.....that is a sloppy answer, that I am sure some more deliberate soul will elaborate upon

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