GROUP  LESSONS

Group lessons have the advantage of being fairly inexpensive.  Depending on the size of the class you get some individual attention to refine your style.  Generally they're a great way to start learning, but there are faster & slower learners in the group, so try not to judge yourself by them.
Also some instructors are professionals with real competition experience, and some are good social dancers that have been doing this a long time.  Each is different, so check them out & find what's right for you.  Average cost for group lessons seems about $5 to $10 per lesson.
Also, please let us know of any other places that have dance lessons.

COLLEGES

To the best of our knowledge, these classes must be joined at the beginning of a semester.  However sometimes these start later in the year than normal classes, so check with the school.

MTSU Salsa Dance Club Dara Smith Founder, President & Instructor www.mtsu.edu/~salsa

The Dance Program at Vanderbilt
University offers classes in everything from flamenco to hip hop funk.  These non-credit classes are open to everyone.  They have different level of ballroom, latin and swing classes.  Also they hold a dance at the end of each course so you can have a place to use you new knowledge.  Ccheck them out at  http://www.vanderbilt.edu/dance

Vol State Community College lists different dances including ballroom, swing, latin, etc.  Most of the dance classes are on the Gallatin campus but sometimes they have courses at other sites.  Contact them at 452-8600, 741-3215, or 1-888-335-8722. Or check out their website at http://www.vscc.cc.tn.us/


ORGANIZATIONS and CENTERS

Generally these classes are a series, progress on the previous knowledge and should be joined at the start.  Check with them though, often you can join late, especially if you have a little knowledge.

The Global Education Center, located at 4822 Charlotte Ave., hosts dances and lessons for dances from around the world http://www.globaleducationcenter.net

The Metro Parks and Recreation Department Nashville/Davidson County hosts the popular summer Big Band Dances at Centennial Park, plus a wide range of dances, lessons & activities throughout the year. Their web site is http://www.nashville.gov/parks/

The Renaissance Center, located at  855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, TN, offers Beginner & Intermediate lessons in different dances.  For more info, check their web site http://www.rcenter.org/

The Williamson County Parks & Recreation Department sponsors dances from time to time at the The Franklin Recreation Complex at 1120 Hillsboro Rd in Franklin, TN.  For information & registration call 790-5719.

Most of the Senior Activity Centers provide group classes for members and non-members.  The cost is usually a bargain, and the students are great fun to learn alongside. The centers are: 
The Donelson Senior Center at 108 Donelson Pike (at Lebanon Road) will host occaisional dance parties or group lessons. Contact them at 883-8375
The Hadley Park Center at 1029 28th Avenue North will host occaisional dance parties or group lessons.  Contact them at 320-5833
TheKnowles Center, located on the corner of Wedgewood and Rains Avenues, holds their weekly dance parties. Call 743-3400 for more information. Their web site is http://www.geocities.com/colosseum/1008/
The Madison Station Center at 301 Madison Street will host occaisional dance parties or group lessons.  860-7180.


CLUBS & GROUPS

Some of these classes are a series and some are ongoing which adjust to the students & may be joined at anytime.  We suggest checking with each class for more information.

The Chinese Ballroom Dance Club usually holds monthly dancesFor more information, please contact Chenhua at chenhua2006@gmail.com or (615) 481-6272.

Coco Loco Nightclub and Restaurant, located at 4600 Nolensville Rd, features latin music like salsa, bachata and merengue, and sometimes offers free lessons.  Contact them at 615-781-9050. http://www.cocoloconashville.com/

The Dirty Streets Productions is about raw Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues, and other vernacular jazz dances of the 1920's, 30's, and 40's http://www.dirtystreetsproductions.com/

The Franklin Ballroom/Eccentrique Backbone Dance Social hosts monthly dance parties, usually with a lesson included. For more information call 615-790-3048.

Funtopia Nashville with Pablo Bodini & Jonathan Blanco, Founders & DJs, feature salsa and latin dances, events & lessons http://ww.funtopianashville.com

Jump, Jive & Swing! is Nashville's original evening of Big Band Swing, sponsored by The Nashville 20/30 Christian Swing Dance Group and proceeds benefit Youth for Truth, a ministry & mentor program for at-risk urban young people. Dances are usually twice monthly, with lessons included. For more info, call Steve Willis 294-4858, or email swwillis@bellsouth.net   

Music City Bop Club, formed in 1988, usually holds weekly Swing & Bop Dances. Visit their web site at  http://www.MusicCityBopClub.com for more info.  

Music City Chapter of USA Dance group (formerly USABDA) holds monthly dances, often with a lesson included. For more info, check out their web site  http://usadance-nashville.org/

The Nashville BeBop Association plays a mix of Bop, East Coast Swing, and Beach Music. For more info call 615-428-7304, or check out http://www.nashvillebebop.com

The Nashville Country Dances
feature contra, waltzes & English Country Dances http://www.nashvillecountrydancers.org

Nashville Dance Club
plays a mix of Swing, Hustle, Latin, Country & more. For more information visit their website http://www.TheNashvilleDanceClub.com

Nashville Swing Dance Club specializes in Swing and a wholelot more. For more info call 615-641-0554 or check their webpage at http://www.nashvilleswingdanceclub.com/

The St. Clair Classics holds monthly dances, and is recommended for those 60 & up. For more info,call Yvonne Jones 896-6050, or Art & Gladys Paradis, 895-7867, or contact the St. Clair Senior Center at 615 848-2550, or check out their web site  http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/

Tango Nashville specializes in Argentine Tango, and holds Milongas (Tango social gathering & dance) once or twice a month, with lessons & a variety of other activities. Contact them at 615-889-3390 or email connect@tangonashville.com or check out their web site at http://www.tangonashville.com/.


SCHOOLS, STUDIOS & CENTERS

Dance Quest is a fun, friendly dance center, located at 539 Metroplex Drive, Suite C-200. They offer a group lesson starting at 7:00 pm, before their Friday evening dance, and cost is only $15.00 per person or $20.00 per couple for the lesson and the dance.  Friendly folks, a relaxed, inviting atmosphere and a spacious dance floor will make an enjoyable time for everyone. The owners, Jim & Debbie Sullivan, are friendly and easy-going, yet great dancers who are competent, professional, and easy to learn from.  Contact them at 615-333-1551, or check out their great web site http://www.DanceQuestLLC.com

Nashville Rueda Nashville Rueda has been burning up the dance floor for over two years, participating in numerous Latin festivals in Nashville and traveling to salsa events in Huntsville and Knoxville. As it says on their web site "We specialize in performing and teaching rueda de casino because of its fast-paced partner changes and playful movements. It's all about having a good time, and our mission is to spread our passion for rueda and Cuban music where ever we go." to find out about their performances, lessons (private and group), and special events, visit their website at http://www.nashvillerueda.com/

Dance World dance studio has 2 excellent facilities, both with lots of dance space, and fun, talented people to get you up and dancing.  They're coveniently located at Suites 630 and 700 in the Fesslers Business Center (630 Rundle Ave. ).  Take the Fesslers Lane exit from I-40, and turn at the first right, before you reach Fesslers.  They feature lots of group lessons and dances open to the public. Saturday night they host a ballroom dance from 8:00 to 10:30 pm, with a group lesson from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, for only $17 per person or $30 per couple.   They also offer lessons before their Sunday afternoon dances, with lesson from 2:00 to 3:00.(dance lasts until 5:00) cost $15 per person. For more info call the owner, Danny Baye, at 615-726-8899 or e-mail dbaye112@comcast.net  or check out their website http://www.danceworldtn.com/

National Dance Clubs, located in Brentwood and Belle Meade, offer group & individual lessons weekly, with dance parties usually on the weekend http://www.nationaldanceclubs.com


NIGHTCLUBS & DANCES

Many nightclubs & ballroom dances will have a free beginners lesson before the dance.  They are a great way to get you out on the dance floor, and to meet others who will be at the dance.  To find out which ones, it would be best to check out the dances on our " Coming Events " and "Where to Dance " pages.


PRIVATE INSTRUCTORS

These folks teach group or individual classes at different times & places, so it's best to see what they have going on by contacting them.  These people are friendly, encouraging, fun to learn from, and do their best to keep the cost low.  Of course, we don't know everyone, and we will be happy to list anyone that contacts us.

Juanita Simanekova  615-484-3153.  Actively competing in American Rythym, Juanita is also skilled in most other styles of ballroom. She's available for private and group lessons, and is patient and skilled with all levels. You can find more info about Juanita at http://simanekova.com/lessons  

Alan Chung  Relatively new to the area, he teaches LindyHop and Blues, mostly on a private basis.  Contact 240-393-3737 and chungaw@gmail.com

Davileen McNeely teaches at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN, 615-740-5600, and is available for private lessons.

Richard A. Wright  865-804-1505 Available for private lessons for Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, and East Coast Swing.  Fun & energenic, he also teaches out of Vintage Rhythm Studio.  Email: lindyman@gmail.com  

Beth Wittrig  615-356-0962.  Our first dance instructor.  If it hadn't been for her, we probably would have quit after the first lesson.  We recommend her highly for beginners.  Email: bethwittrig@yahoo.com

Kathleen Phillips,  Home 615-884-0084, Cell 615-585-2241 An accomplished & respected instructor, who's also a pleasant, patient teacher, good with difficult learners. kathleenphillips@comcast.net

Kathy Schklar & Charles Burnett  615-776-1921, or 615-419-5333  A very nice couple with many years of dancing & teaching experience.  Available primarily for private lessons.

Ken & Susan Leary  615-883-8371  A wonderful, encouraging couple that are great with beginners.

April Scott 615-256-3495 Salsa Cha-cha, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia instruction for performance, private or group lessons.  Very professional and fun. clubcalientedancers@hotmail.com  or  april@kind-music.com

INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION

Most individual instruction is found at professional dance schools with an instructor who has danced, and hopefully done well, in competitions, or otherwise demonstrated their skill. Individual instruction can be expensive, but is the best way to learn, advance your dancing repertoire and refine your style. 
Most schools offer a newcomers package, so you can try them out at a bargain and see if a particular class or instructor is right for you.
Some schools only teach the "proper ballroom curriculum" , others will cater to the individual and teach "just that fancy step you've always wanted to learn".
Don't be afraid to ask a few questions,  let them know exactly what you want, and if you don't like what you hear, try the next one.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios, located at 330 Franklin Road, Suite 906-D, in Brentwood, includes something for everyone, from Beginner to Advanced customized dance programs.  They offer all kinds of dance instruction - from ballroom to country western to salsa to nightclub dancing - for all ages and abilities through private, group, and practice lessons.  In your very first lesson, you'll learn the basic elements of which all dance patterns are based and within hours, you'll be ready to dance.  New Student Special includes 2 private/one-on-one thirty minute lessons, 1 group class and 1 practice party.  For more info, call them at 615-661-0844, or check out their web site http://www.fadsnashville.com

Dance Quest is a fun, friendly dance center, located at 539 Metroplex Drive, Suite C-200. They offer a group and individual instruction and dances open to the public.  Friendly folks, a relaxed, inviting atmosphere and a spacious dance floor will make an enjoyable time for everyone. The owners, Jim & Debbie Sullivan, are friendly and easy-going, yet great dancers who are competent, professional, and easy to learn from.  Contact them at 615-333-1551, or check out their great web site http://www.DanceQuestLLC.com

Dance World  has 2 excellent facilities with lots of dance space and fun, talented people to get you up and dancing.  They're coveniently located at Suites 630 and 700 in the Fesslers Business Center (630 Rundle Ave. & 700 Rundel Ave).  Take the Fesslers Lane exit from I-40, and turn at the first right, before you reach Fesslers.  They feature lots of group lessons and dances open to the public. Saturday night they host a ballroom dance from 8:00 to 10:30 pm, with a group lesson from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, for only $15 per person or $25 per couple.  They also offer dance lessons before their unday afternoon dances, with lesson from 2:30 to 3:30, for about $5 to $12 per person  For more info call the owner, Danny Baye, at 615-726-8899 or e-mail dbaye112@comcast.net  or check out their website http://www.danceworldtn.com/
 
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has closed in Nashville.  They are hoping to have a new franchise opening soon.

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

Videos can be a great help, especially in conjunction with lessons from a live teacher. We found several in the Nashville area including the following:

Cal Pozo's Learn to Dance in Minutes. We found these tapes at Suncoast Videos here in Nashville. Cal Pozo is a former US professional dance champion and Broadway choreographer. These tapes are very well produced and Mr. Pozo is an excellent and friendly teacher - making the dances simple and fun even for complete beginners. You can find out more about these videos, and purchase them directly by visiting his website at  http://www.calpozo.com/ .

Fred Astaire Dance Studios. We obtained these tapes from the Davidson Co. Public Libraries (you can search the Library's catalog via modem by calling 862-5490 or by clicking on the link above). These are well produced tapes, but only 30 min. in length. There are 3 tapes covering ballroom, swing, and Latin.

Alan Meyers "Catch Dance Fever" (also available at the library). Alan Meyers is a Memphis native, and while these tapes apparently had the lowest budget of those we viewed, they were very informative. Mr. Meyers is an animated and determined teacher, and he manages to pack a great deal of information into each 60 min. tape (there are several tapes for three dances - ballroom, swing, country) with very little wasted time. 

The Davidson County Public Libraries has added several new dance videos (and have more on order).  You can search their catalog online and order any videos (or book) to be sent to a branch near you.  Let us know if you try any and like them, and we'll do the same.

We have also ordered videos from Dance Vision http://www.dancevision.com/   ), and we were very happy with what we received. These are much more professional offerings, and the company ships the same day they receive your order. We were especially pleased with the Ron Montez latin style tapes. Their huge catalog also contains a large selection of dance music on CD.

You might pick up some tips watching Dancing Around Nashville on Cable Access TV (Ch 19).  It is hosted by Carolyn Jordan and features local dance clubs strutting their stuff.  It airs Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.

ONLINE LEARNING

There's been a real boom in lessons on the WWW during the past year or so and several pages now offer instruction aided by animations and video. Check the Links page for a couple of our favorites. While you may not be able to learn everything through your computer, you can pick up a flashy new step or an enlightening tip (and being able to step through a video one frame at a time can be a big help).