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.

Non-redeemable bonus points for a line or two about why the classes are good at certain place or with a certain instructor.

Got a suggestion for Matt? Please share!

photo: Flickr user dichohecho (CC BY 2.0)

Comments

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.
https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyBallroomDanceStudio

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.

http://www.tangofusiondance.com/

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.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Where the wild things aren't... yet

The reported mountain lion sightings near Cambridge in Washington County recently is a familiar story. [Post-Star] Mountain lions? Here? In 2011 The US Fish and... (more)

Figuring Sh!t Out with Amy Biancolli

Amy Biancolli is a self-described mom, ink-stained wretch, and survivor of suicides. We would describe her as a gifted and thoughtful writer with an ability... (more)

In a brewery (not so) far, far away

Lucasfilm -- you know, the production company behind Star Wars -- is challenging a trademark application from Syracuse's Empire Brewing Co. over a beer called... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Ladder No. 1, a different ridge, Chatham, the Walkway over the... (more)

Talking about talking about movies

One of the events at the currently-in-progress Film Columbia that caught our eye is this panel on Saturday about film criticism -- and its lineup:... (more)

Recent Comments

... Let's also lower the city speed limit to 25 while we're at it. Maybe then these morons will not go 45 miles an hour down Washington Avenue. Why should cities surrender themselves to the automobile and automobile drivers? - the very forces that killed cities to begin with. ...

Drawing: Postmodern Jukebox at Troy Music Hall

...has 58 comments, most recently from Ro

Where to sell old gold and silver?

...has 8 comments, most recently from SteveO

Albany Common Council passes red light camera ordinance: comments, votes, thoughts

...has 29 comments, most recently from Joe A

Help fixing wedding photos?

...has 11 comments, most recently from SB

St. Vincent at Upstate Concert Hall

...has 8 comments, most recently from KatherineSass