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Cheryl Noonan and Mike Garcia

Cheryl Noonan and Mike Garcia

Have you always wanted to learn to dance, but weren’t sure where to start? Here’s a quick guide to the most common questions we get at Dance Station:

How do I start dancing?

The fastest way to get going is with an introductory lesson at Dance Station. For only $30, an intro lesson can launch you on a lifetime path of dancing. Call (505) 989-9788 or submit this request form to schedule your introductory lesson.

What about group classes?

Group classes are a fun, inexpensive way to learn, or to experiment with different dance styles. You can pay a drop-in fee for an individual class or save money by paying for a month. Check our schedule on the blog or download our monthly calendar for classes and times.

How do I qualify for 2 free classes?

Any student who is currently taking private lessons with any of our instructors, or is enrolled in any group class, is welcome to attend our free group classes. We currently offer two free classes every week: a dance exercise class on Sunday afternoon and a technique class for intermediate and advanced dancers on Tuesday evening.

What should I wear?

Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate. Most students come to the studio wearing whatever they wore to work or for their other daily activities. We do recommend wearing shoes with a leather sole. Ballroom dance shoes are best if you have them.

Does that mean I need to buy special shoes?

No. You can wear any comfortable pair of shoes, as long as they have smooth soles made of leather or a similar material. We recommend wearing shoes with clean, non-marking soles. If you decide you’d like to buy a pair of dance shoes, we can help you choose the right ballroom or Latin shoe.

What else should I know before I come to the studio?

Please don’t neglect your personal hygiene. After all, dancing involves being in close proximity with others. We also ask that you observe our “no-fragrance” policy — please leave those strong perfumes and colognes at home! Some of our students are very sensitive or allergic to strong scents.

Do I have to have a partner to take lessons?

You never need a partner for any Dance Station lesson or group class. If you are taking private lessons, your teacher will be your partner. In group classes, we encourage leads and follows to rotate because this helps everyone develop essential skills.

Do I have to have experience?

No! At Dance Station, we pride ourselves on transforming complete beginners into accomplished, confident social and even competitive dancers. Of course, our skilled teachers also work with students who have extensive experience. Dance Station has programs and teachers for all students and experience levels.

What dances should I learn first?

You will probably answer this question at your Introductory Lesson. There is no “right” dance to learn first. It depends on where you plan to go dancing and what kind of music you enjoy. If your goal is to have fun by social dancing in Santa Fe, then learning salsa, swing or country-western might be a good first step. If you are interested in dancing for fitness or as a hobby, then you have many options, from the common social dances to the traditional ballroom and Latin dances such as foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, rumba and cha-cha.

Where is Dance Station located?

Our address is 947B West Alameda, Santa Fe. We are in the Solana Center, just west of St. Francis Drive. Please note that we have recently moved to the west side of the Solana Center. We are between Valentina’s Restaurant and Stag Tobacconist, and near the laundromat.

I have other questions — who do I contact?

Please call Dance Station at (505) 989-9788 or fill out this contact form, and someone from the studio will get back in touch with you promptly.

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