Where to take dance lessons?

disco ball club lightsMatt emails (updated after the question about type of dance):

I'm looking to get dance lessons for my girlfriend as an anniversary gift. We're both total beginners. What is a good place in the capital region to purchase a package of beginner's lessons for a couple?
I'm not sure what type of dancing, but with some Youtube help, maybe something like waltz and foxtrot to begin with and move up to swing and tango.

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What type of dancing?

Lorraine Michaels dance centre offers various types of dance.. very friendly staff and great teachers http://www.lorrainemichaelsdance.com/

My fiance and I have taken advantage of a few Groupons and took beginner salsa and the "learn to dance" class at the Lorraine Michaels studio in Albany. We found the classes to be just right for us (we were beginners as well)... small enough to have individual attention, friendly and excited instructors, and a fun atmosphere. By the end of class we were wishing we could stay longer.

Lorraine is an awesome lady and great teacher. The vibe at the studio is friendly and full of dancers of all skill levels. Highly recommended.

Albany Ballroom Social Dance Studio would be my choice for sure. We took lessons with the instructor, Michelle, and she was very easygoing and personable, highly talented, very patient, and thoroughly capable of teaching even total novices like us how to look good on the dance floor.

Johnny Martinez with Tango Fusion offers weekly adult lessons in all ballroom forms.

Johnny is awesome fun and Diane is very supportive an encouraging. Both have intense passion for dance.


I'm going to jump on the Lorraine band wagon. I've taken multiple, different classes there and they've been great.

You can also keep your eye out for the Arts Center schedule. They sometimes offer swing classes.

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