I haven't had the chance to dance with John, but I have interacted with him-he was polite and friendly-and had a chance to see him perform his WCS. It was really fun to watch him dance! Because I'm pretty new to WCS, I don't go to those parties; I do, however, go to the Ballroom parties hosted by Al and Marcia. Al is so kind, super patient, and really encouraging. Marcia is thorough and creates nice patterns for students to dance in her pre-party classes.
I have to digress for just a moment to acknowledge some comments about group dance lessons. In my 20 years of dancing, I've taken countless workshops, programs, classes, etc. In my experience, in group dance classes, the instructors anticipate some basic dance knowledge from students unless the course is labeled "absolute beginners." Yes, some dance teachers are more blunt than others which is why it's always a good idea to ask an instructor if one has any concerns/questions about the suitability of the class. Also, each style of dance has its unique training methods. In Ballroom, switching partners builds following/leading skills (depending on one's gender) and versatility. This makes advancing easier.
Back to the studio itself. The studio is spacious, the kitchen is well-stocked with snacks and sodas (included in the party admission), and the crowd is lively. I noticed that ballroom guests were typically in their 40's and older. The WCS scene (went to the 2012 Halloween party) included many in their 20's and 30's. Finally, a word about hosts and music. As a single, I do appreciate the studio's efforts to bring in dance hosts. I wish they were a bit younger, but the ones available are decent. The music is also decent.
All in all, a good place to practice your dancing. Definitely an asset to the PBC dance scene.
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