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What is the Average Cost of Dance Lessons?

By Maria, published on 17/09/2019 Blog > Arts and Hobbies > Dance > How Much Does A Dance Class Cost?

With the popularity of dance as a sport and the growing trend of dance shows and competitions on tv and on the web, now more than ever people have found reasons for taking dance lessons for them selfs or signing up their kids for dance lessons.

Although some communities will offer free dance classes, most of these dance programs cost money. Prices for dance classes all depend on what type of dance you would like to learn and whether you prefer to take private or group lessons.

Prices also depend on where you take your lessons, you could improve your dance moves at a dance company or community center.

The investment in dance lessons might be worth it. Signing up your child to classes, be it for ballroom, ballet, or tap dance, the experience will give them a greater appreciation for music and dance.

Attending regular classes will also instill ideas of discipline and help develop confidence and a sense of achievement. In addition, dance fitness also helps develop flexibility and coordination.

The cost of learning how to dance and improve your footwork can vary due to multiple factors. Keep reading to find out what affects the costs of your dance experience.

Cost of Dance Lessons for Kids

When enrolling kids into dance lessons it is important to know that it not only becomes a time commitment but it is also a financial one.

Young beginning dancers will start dancing as a hobby, but it might also evolve over time to more demand more dedication, time, and money.

little girl dancing in a tutu The average cost of dance classes for kids is $80 each month. (Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash)

The cost of dance as a hobby can range from $60 to $150 per month for tuition, for a traditional dance school beginners class. The prices differ depending on the type of dance and the number of classes provided each week.

Additionally, to the tuition of the classes, dancing also requires equipment. Make sure to keep in mind the cost of dance clothes, shoes, and accessories in the budget. Lastly, most dance schools hold an annual recital and participate in dance competitions.

Recitals might also include additional costs of costumes and theatre rentals. And competition costs might include entry fees and travel costs.

Before committing to a school of dance make sure to ask about what additional charges you should expect to see over the future.

Price of Private vs Group Classes

The average costs of private dance lessons can range from $50 to $85 dollars an hour. This price varies depending on the region and the availability of the dance instructor. Prices also depend on the experience level of the instructor, lesson length, and type of dancing taught.

group dance class Group dance lessons are lower in cost but private dance lessons allow the teacher to focus more on you. (Photo by Byron Stumman on Unsplash)

If you would like a personalized approach to your dance education, private lessons are the way to go. Superprof has an array of dedicated dance tutors that can work with you to help you reach your dancing goals through individualized classes.

Most people decide to do private lessons if they have specific dance goals that can not be accomplished through a regular class.

Group lessons are also offered by dance studios as an opportunity to learn to dance within a class setting with other dancers. The option for group lessons means that you will most likely be paying a lower cost per class but the teacher’s attention is distributed amongst the dancers.

Depending on your budget you can decide if private or group lessons are the right classes for you!

Cost of Dance Class Depending on the Type of Dance

Dance is a broad term. The definition of dance is to “move rhythmically to music”. It is also used to encompass all sorts of dance. There are several variations and types of dance.

Some of the most common types of dance classes at the moment are contemporary dance classes, ballet classes, and jazz classes. Other not so popular type of classes are bachata classes, Argentine tango classes, or waltz classes.

point shoes for ballet The more popular the dance, the cheaper the lessons are. (Photo by Nihal Demirci on Unsplash)

The cost of classes correlates to how popular the dance lessons are. The more rare options tend to be more expensive because there is lower demand. Choosing one of the more popular types of dance will bring the cost down of lessons.

The following are example rates from our dedicated dance tutors on Superprof:

  • $12 for Jazz
  • $25 for ballet
  • $70 for hip hop
  • $80 for Latin ballroom
  • $120 for tango.

These prices are just an example, the prices you quote might vary depending on the level of expertise you might need your instructor to have. Choreographers and dance instructors charge different prices because you receive different services from each.

In addition, prices for group lessons might be cheaper as the expense is divided amongst the students. If you are trying to bring down the cost, ask friends and family to join your class!

Another branch of dance lessons is dance fitness classes like Zumba, jazzercise, and barre classes. These will likely be found in gyms rather than dance studios. They might already be included in your gym membership!

Cost of Dance Class Depending on Location

The average cost of living in your area greatly affects how much dance lessons cost. If you live in a big city like New York or Los Angeles, the average costs of the classes might be more expensive than smaller or less costly cities.

location of dance lessons The cost of dance lessons can differ between cities. (Photo by NESA by Makers on Unsplash)

The amount of demand for dance classes alters the costs. The more demand and the higher the supply of dance tutors, the lower the cost.

If you live in a smaller city with fewer options for your preferred style of dance, booking a dance teacher online is an option. Using the web and video calls is not the traditional way to teach dance, but in these modern times, many dance instructors have taken to online classes.

With this option, you are way less limited! You can learn everything from swing dance to the foxtrot from the comfort of your own home.

You can find a variety of dance classes in your area with a variety of prices.

Cost of Dance Class Depending on Tutor

A general rule for the pricing of dance lessons is “the better qualified the dance teacher, the higher the price”. The first courses you will take will be the cheapest, as you progress in your technique, dance classes will begin to become more expensive.

dance teacher certification The more certification and education a teacher has, the better they might be. (Photo by Robert Anasch on Unsplash)

Dance schools and teachers base their prices on a variety of components. Here are a couple of items that might change the pricing of dance classes.

  • Years of experience with dance instruction
  • Education certifications
  • Reputation
  • Customer and student reviews
  • Location of lessons (private studio, community center, or home)
  • Knowledge about choreography
  • Class schedule availability
  • Style of dance taught.

One of the most important factors is to make sure that the dance teacher you choose has a reliable certification in dance education. Watch out for those tutors that are “self-taught”, they may be a cheaper option but ultimately you might not have the opportunity to progress as much as you could with a more certified teacher.

Signing up for dance lessons doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. There are plenty of ways to find discounts. Here on Superprof, most of the dance tutors offer a first dance class for free and have negotiable rates.

If you are looking to save some money, don’t forget to ask at dance studios if they have special discount rates for students, kids, or registering multiple people at once.

Private dance tutors might also offer discounts for the following:

  • Free first class
  • Longer time classes
  • Group Classes
  • Package of multiple classes paid upfront

Keeping these factors in mind you’ll be sure to waltz onto a dance floor at the best price available.

Once you have a list of possible dance tutors that you would like to try out, make sure to keep in mind the key factors in choosing the right dance teacher.

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