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“Great place for Saturday night parties”

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Sultry Swing Ballroom and Dance Studio
Reviewed 25 June 2013

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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Reviewed 26 April 2013

We went to Sultry Swing to learn new dances for a future event. I admit I'm not a good dancer, but I did this for my wife. I have taken classes in the past, learned alot, and enjoyed myself. This was the total opposite! John was frustrated with my lack of skills, only demonstrated the moves 3-4 times, then critiqued me as if I was a pro. He made loud announcements to the class about my lack of techniques and improvements - all the while indicating that he was talking about my lack of ability. We clearly came as a couple, yet he made us partner with random people - makes no sense b/c I am not planning on dancing with anyone else other than my wife. At the end, he indicated that I had flunked the class and should come back 2-3 more times to relearn. As a guy without rythym, it takes huge guts to take lessons and make a fool of yourself. John's "teaching" was terrible - you either get it or you flunk! Glad the first lesson was free, b/c this guy will never see a dime from me!

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Reviewed 8 March 2012

The Sultry Swing is a very cozy, laid-back dance studio a couple miles due west of downtown West Palm Beach. You get a few couples but mostly it's singles learning to dance in weeknight classes and then practicing their steps on Saturday night. We took lessons several nights a week for two months -- rumba, salsa, east coast and west coast swing, two step, hustle, etc. -- and they were very well taught.Others came just for the occasional evening. Even clumsy people like me felt the patient support of all both teacher and fellow students. Saturday night brings out the good dancers from the area, but the atmosphere is also welcome to those who are just learning. I'd strongly recommend it both to locals and those who are just visiting. It's certainly the nicest atmosphere for ballroom dancing I've come across thus far.

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