Frequently asked questions
What do I wear?
Please dress comfortably, and wear shoes that will stay securely on your feet. For dance classes and parties, we prefer no jeans. However khakis or slacks are fine for gentlemen, paired with button down shirt. Tie and jacket is not necessary for most events. For ladies, either slacks or skirts are okay, as long as you have a wide range of movement.For private lessons, wear whatever is comfortable for you. There’s no need to buy specialty “practice wear” or “dancewear” for lessons. Jeans (for beginners), athletic pants, khakis, shorts, yoga pants, skirt…. And a shirt or top with adequate room to fully move your arms up and down – all are acceptable.
What kind of shoes do I need?
You can wear any shoes that will stay securely on your feet. We recommend a flat shoe with closed toes, and straps or laces. Tennis shoes and dress shoes are an excellent choice for beginners. Ladies – even though the dancers on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars” are wearing high heels, those are actually dance shoes built for ballroom and latin dancing. We highly recommend wearing a flat for your first few classes/lessons.
When you attend classes, lessons, and parties at Bravo Dance Studio, you will notice that the instructors and most of the intermediate and advanced dancers are wearing dance shoes. While we do not require you to purchase dance shoes, you will find that your dancing will improve with having the correct footwear. So when you are ready, ask one of our instructors or receptionists for recommendations on dance shoes and we will point you in the right direction.
How long are classes?
All of our dance classes (group) are 50 minutes long.
Zumba is 1 hour.
Kids Classes are 1 and half hours, with small breaks between activities.
Which classes are for 2 left feet?
We have Beginner dance classes every week! You have a few different classes to choose from. Every Wednesday night at 7pm we have a FreeStyle Salsa Class. Salsa is one of the most popular classes that we teach, and really useful for dancing in nightclubs, at parties, and on vacation.
Every Friday night we have a Beginner Ballroom and Latin Basics Class at 7pm. This is the one night of the week we don’t tell the instructors what they have to teach, so it could be any of the ballroom and latin dances including waltz, cha cha, swing, foxtrot, salsa, tango , and more! This is a fun way to learn a few steps in some of the most popular ballroom and latin dances. And every class is different, so you are always learning something new and exciting.
On Monday Nights at 8pm we have a Progressive Series. This means we work on one dance, usually for two months. It’s important to try and attend every class, because each lesson builds on the previous week’s instruction. For beginners, it’s really important get started at the very beginning of a new series so that you can keep up with the class.
Find out more about our classes here.
Do I need to sign up/register/buy a membership?
All of our adult dance classes are drop in classes and open to the public. There is no need to register or RSVP for classes, simply show up 5-10 minutes before the class start time.
You don't need to have a membership to join in. The first dance class (***excludes Zumba Fitness) is free; after that, classes are just $7/each and parties are $10. We do have an Unlimited Monthly Pass that gets you into all of our adult dance classes and dance parties. You can find out more here.
How many people are in class?
All of our classes are open to the public, and there's no RSVP, so we never know exactly how many people will be in each class each week. We find that attendance varies depending on the weather, season, and what sport games are being televised that night....
However, over time we've found that:
Monday Night Progressive Series is one of our largest classes, usually between 35-45 people but sometimes as large as 60+ people.
FreeStyle Salsa draws about 15-20 dancers.
Thursday Night Ultimate Body Control is a specialty class, and there are usually 8-12 in attendance.Beginner Ballroom and Latin Basics usually has 6-12 people, but sometimes 20-25 when an outside group decides to make it their Friday Night Out.
Dance Party attendance varies week to week depending on our competition schedule, local sports, and the theme of the party. Parties usually bring in between 30-60 dancers.
Zumba Fitness is all over the place, drawing anywhere between 5 and 25 people.
Are there any guys?
Yes, we have lots of "guys" dancing at Bravo Dance Studio! Bravo is unusual for a dance studio because usually we are pretty close to 50/50 in attendance -- men and women. And it's not uncommon for us to have more men than women in our classes, especially in the beginner classes.
Do I need a partner?
Nope! During our dance classes, we switch partners so that everyone gets a chance to dance and participate. If you are taking a private lesson by yourself, you get to dance with one of our awesome dance teachers -- you lucky dog! And during our dance parties, all of our dancers -- singles and couples -- mix and mingle and dance with everyone.
Do we have to switch partners?
You don't absolutely have to switch partners, but we do highly recommend it. There are a few reasons this is important. First of all, if you are both brand new dancers, it's a little bit (or a lot) like "the blind leading the blind". You are both novices and neither of you yet know what to do or expect. Often during classes there will be some dancers with a little more experience, and some with a little less, so as you rotate partners you get to dance with everyone and get more know-how. Now when you get back to your own partner, it's much easier to dance together. Secondly, we do have singles and couples in our classes, so by rotating partners everyone gets to dance. No on is penalized for not bringing a partner. And lastly, dancing is a social activity. By switching partners you meet new people and make a lot of new friends. It's much more fun to come for classes when you know your buddies are going to be there.
What's the age range in classes?
Our adult classes are open for ages 13 - 113 years. Most of our students are between 40-60, but we do have plenty of dancers on either side of those numbers, too.
When does the new session/series start.
All of our adult dance classes are drop-in classes and you can start any time you want, except for the Monday Night Progressive Series. Our Progressive Series runs for usually 2 months at a time. Give us a call at 502.454.4111 to find out when the new Monday Night Series begins.
Do you have a class size cut off?
No, we have a very large main ballroom. We've never had "too many" people for classes or parties. The more, the merrier!
Do all of the couples only dance together?
We've heard about this phenomenon at other studios, but it's not that way at Bravo. All of our couples that attend classes always rotate partners, and are very helpful to other partners. And during parties, we see that students that come as couples often spend more time dancing with other partners than they do each other. Classes and parties are just a really nice way to revel in great company while doing something that everyone enjoys.
What forms of payments do you accept?
We take cash, credit card, and personal checks. Payments are due at the time of the class or lesson, unless other arrangements have been made with the studio manager.
Do I have to sign a contract?
Nope! Private lessons can be taken ala carte and paid for each time that come in. Or you can purchase lessons in bulk for a discount. Please see the studio manager for more information.
Group class and dance party admission can be paid at the door. You can sign up for an Unlimited Monthly Pass, and have access to all of our dance classes and parties for only $50/month. This is a month-to-month agreement and can be stopped at any time -- no long term contract! Find out more about our Monthly Pass here.
Do you have recitals?
For our adults, we have several performance opportunities. Our pro-am dancesport team will put on "Sneak Preview" performances the Friday night prior to leaving for competition. The dancers will each perform one dance in each style in which they'll be competing. These are a fun way for the other students and friends and family get to see competitive level dancing, and for the competitors it's a final dress rehearsal and run through in full costumes, hair, and makeup to make sure that everything is ready to go. We also do showcases in and out of the studio with our students that are taking private lessons. We arrange showcases around holidays and other events happening in the studio, and we are frequently asked to perform at other venues around the Louisville area. Students taking private lessons will have the opportunity to prepare and perform in specially choreographed numbers, often with special music, costumes, and sometimes props.
What if I can't make it for my lesson/class?
For group classes and dance parties there's no RSVP. You don't need to call us either way, whether you are going to joining us or otherwise -- though we do hope you can make it!
For private lessons, we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Our instructors are in demand, and often have a waiting list of students trying to get in for lessons. If you cannot make your lesson due to illness, other commitments, or change of plans, please call the studio at least 24 hours in advance of your lesson and leave a message. Lessons that are not cancelled 24 hours in advance will be charged at the full rate.
Which holidays are you closed for?
None! We are open on all holidays -- Christmas, Easter, Ramadan, Chinese New Year, National Grandparents Day, Spring Equinox, Coronation Day....We're here!
How long will it take me to learn to dance?
That all depends on You! Everyone learns differently... but everyone learns! The more time and practice you put into your dancing, the faster you will learn. If come for 2 or 3 dance classes and parties every week, you'll dance better than if you come just 2 or 3 times per month. Check out our Calendar of Events and get started this week!
Faster yet is private lessons. During private lessons you have the instructor's full time and attention devoted to you and your progress. You can work on the dances you like the best, or the ones that you have the most trouble with. It's your one-on-one time to ask questions and get feedback from our dance professionals. Check out our Introductory Program to find out how to get started.
I need to choreograph a dance for my wedding, recital, pageant, quinceañera... do you do that?
Yes, we do!
For brides and grooms, as well as mother-son and daddy-daughter dances, we have a great Wedding Dance Introductory Program where you can bring in your music and we will start by teaching you steps and turns that work with your music. After we lay down some basics, then we will be happy to fully choreograph your First Dance, Father-Daughter, or Mother-Son dance.
Find out more about our Wedding Dance Program here.
If you are looking for a choreographed dance for a recital, pageant, party, or quinceañera, then give us a call at 502.454.4111 or shoot us an email and let us know what you have in mind! Our talented choreographers will be happy to create something special and unique just for you!
There are a group of us that want to come and learn to dance, how does that work?
We can do that! We can arrange instruction for Private Groups (just you and your friends). Lessons are 45 minutes in length and available 7 days a week. You can arrange just 1 lesson as a special event, or come every week for ongoing instruction. We can teach any dance or dances that you are interested in -- swing, salsa, tango, waltz.... You're in charge. Rates are $80 for the first couple, then $5 for each additional person. So a group of 3 would be $85, a group of 6 would be $100, and so on. Please give us a call at 502.454.4111 or drop us an email to tell us what you have in mind and set up your first appointment.
I don't want to compete or anything, I just want to learn to dance.
Okay, that's more of a statement than a question... Still if you want to learn to dance, then you're in the right place. We teach a lot of social dancers that just want to learn to dance to have a fun new activity to meet new people or spend time with their special someone, or to get more physical activity in their daily lives.
We have 2 different ways to get started for brand new dancers: a FREE Group Class or our Introductory Program. Both are excellent opportunities for you to come and check out the studio and instructors, and meet some of the other students. Find out more on the Beginners page.
Should I take private lessons or group classes?
That's really a personal choice, and we encourage you to try both. We have a great starter package for beginners, our Introductory Program, that gives you the best of both worlds. It includes 2 Private Lessons and 1 Group Class, so you get a little bit of everything. Find out more about our Introductory Program here.
What if I sign up for a package of lessons and then get sick or hurt myself?
Our goal is for you to learn to dance. If you pay for lessons in advance, and then get sick or hurt in a way that you cannot dance for a short period of time -- for example between 2 weeks - 2 months, then let us know. We'll work with you and put your lessons on hold until you can come and dance again. You won't lose those lessons. If it's going to be longer than a couple of months, talk to our studio manager and we will work out something fair for everyone.