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The Best Partner Dance Instruction in San Diego
1795 University Ave in Hillcrest
Call or Text (858) 859-2674

Dancing by nature is SO personal...shouldn't the way you learn it be just as personal?

Like a finely tailored suit, your lessons are crafted just for you! Your goals, your needs, your learning style- they all come together to make sure you will be feeling at ease on the dance floor and in the arms of your partner! Book your intro lesson today so we can begin crafting your perfect lessons! Get your first private lesson for only $30 (normally $90)!


You can click below to tell me about your dance needs or goals and what you’re looking for.  I’ll show you the best package recommendations to meet your needs whether you’re looking for your Wedding Dance or to become a Social Dancer and start a new hobby!  Together we’ll find the right private lessons for you!


Have questions about what to expect from your private lessons?  Everything you need to know is waiting for you just below!

1) How do we get the most out of our lessons?

Repetition is key.

Did you know it takes your body at least three times before your muscle memory kicks in and recognizes a movement or pattern?  The body and mind are tricky things.  And as we get older, we need more repetition to capture new movements.

Be patient with yourselves.

You’re not going on Dancing With The Stars tomorrow.  Learning dance is about just that- learning.  So enjoy the journey.  We’ll get you where you’re going.

I recommend being able to schedule your lessons at least once a week.

Like anything else, the more you do it, the quicker it’ll sink in and the better it will feel.  If you have a shorter timeline or an aggressive goal, shoot for multiple times per week.  It will get you results.  I only recommend biweekly if you are starting with a substantial amount of time and feel confident you will practice independently in between lessons!

2) What’s the Deal with Scheduling?

Scheduling is flexible.

I offer either standing appointments or a weekly scheduling depending on what works best for you.  I understand my clients come from all different life styles and I work to be as accommodating as possible.

MindBody is the studio scheduling platform.

You will schedule yourself through the MindBody scheduling link once you have a client profile and you can see all my availability.  If you ever have questions or need help making a change, I’m happy to help.  All lessons are by appointment only.

Lessons are 45 minutes long.

Lessons are generally 45 minutes long but I also have a great appreciation for the learning process as much as I also have an appreciation for time.  If you’re really about to grasp something and you need just a few more minutes to make it happen, I often allow for some flex time.  I’d like you to leave feeling accomplished, not frustrated.  As a team, we do our best to respect the clock and your success.

When should we start?

The easy answer is “Today” or “Yesterday”!  A lot of factors dictate your best start date- your comfort level with dancing, your partner’s comfort level (remember, there’s two of you), your goals, your memory and fitness level in comparison to those goals, your learning styles, and your stress level.

If you are preparing for an event or wedding with a definitive timeline, please see the weddings page for helpful tips on when to start.  Quick answer- sooner is definitely better!

If you’re starting as a hobbyist, life is short- let’s do this.  As I mentioned above in repetition, the longer you are dancing the better all the elements and skills will feel and the more natural they will become.  And most importantly, the more confident and less nervous you will feel!

Cancellation requires 24 hour notice.

In an effort to respect both my time, your time and other clients’ time, cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance so I have adequate time to fill the empty spot.  I do, however, understand that sometimes situations arise and do my best to be understanding of emergencies and illness.  Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance incur a $30 cancellation charge.  No shows will result in a forfeited lesson/full charge.  You may change your appointment through the scheduling link or by contacting me directly.

3) We want to learn with a group of friends or friends- can we do that?

Yup.  I offer private groups!

Private group classes are a great way to learn to dance with your entire wedding party, a group of friends or to start a fun family activity.  It also offers a cost effective way to enjoy this social activity with loved ones while still getting the benefits of private lessons.  Regular package pricing covers up to 4 adults in a class.  For more than 4 people in a class, simply add $15 per person per class.  Scheduling is done just like you would do with a private lesson and this way you can all find a time that works for you as a group.  Payment is still made as a lump sum package payment.

4) I don’t have a partner- can I still learn to dance?


Learning partner dancing has more to do with learning about yourself as a dancer and developing your own skills as a follower or leader than it does with learning how one partner works with you.  It actually makes you a better partner if you develop skills to dance with many people rather than just one.  So come with someone you’d like to learn with or without- either way you’ll learn!

5) Do you have group classes?

I do offer specialty groups & semi-private classes!  These classes are a great way to supplement your private lessons to build variety and accelerate your learning curve.  Private lessons are best for developing your connection skills and that is my main focus with you!  I hope that each of my students can find a package that works for their budget to get at least a little one on one attention each month.  Group classes are a great affordable way to sample new dance styles while focusing on that connection in your lessons.  Class passes will be available for these for $12 per class per person.  Drop ins are $15 per class per person.  Group classes must be purchased as individuals, not as couples like your private lessons are.  The class sizes stay small so you don’t get lost in the shuffle.  Check the Group Dance page for full class descriptions and monthly schedule!

6) How do packages work?

Let’s talk!  Come in for an intro lesson so you can try it out and see that you can do it!  We can talk about your goals and I can then provide you with the best package recommendations for you!  There’s generally something for every budget, schedule and goal in the package option.  One you have your perfect package, you either use it however you like or, if you’re on a monthly package, you’ll schedule your lessons each month!

Price per lesson is relative to package size.

Cost is relative to the size of the package and length of commitment with the larger packages and longer commitments allowing for lower rates.  Rates range between $60 and $90 per lesson.

I offer payment plans.

When purchasing a package of 4 or more, I am happy to offer payment plans.

 7) How do we pay?

I accept cash, checks, and most cards.  Payments can be made online via MindBody for credit cards or Venmo for debit and most client’s receive an invoice to complete their payment at the time of purchase so you can go directly to the site.  Payments can also be made onsite.  There is a rewards program for payments made by cash, check or Venmo- a thank you for saving me those card processing fees!

8) What do we need to bring?

I suggest bringing the following to your lessons:

  • Wear shoes that support your ankles – no flip flops, slides or wedges.  Dance shoes, athletic shoes, heels with strapped or supported ankle, men’s dress shoes, loafers, or bare feet are all fine.  Bring your wedding shoes if you’d like to get comfortable in them in advance (which I recommend).
  • Water
  • Particular wedding song or one you’ve always wanted to dance to
  • Comfortable clothing or if it’s a date night, feel free to dress up!  Just make sure you feel secure moving in what you’re wearing (wardrobe malfunctions are never fun).

9) Where do we go & Where do we park?

Cori-ography Studio is located on the border of Hillcrest and North Park at 1795 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103.  You’ll find the studio in the first floor of the Egyptian Building facing University.  Street parking is available on Park Blvd, University Ave, Centre Street, or up on the side streets on the overpass on Georgia Street.  There is also an inexpensive paid lot on Park Blvd about one block down towards the park.

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If you’re ready to jump in with both feet, but would like package recommendations or have questions, click above or call (858) 859-2674.