Greetings dancers, or soon-to-be-dancers :)
My name is Alec Marken, and I am offering affordable private social dance/ballroom/wedding dance lessons while in Orange County (I travel at times for performance work).
My class times/rates are longer and cheaper than the average $75/45 minutes that most independent teachers start at. My rates:
One dancer: $50/hour in-home, $55 in-studio (Laguna Hills)
Couples: $60/hour in-home, $65 in-studio (Laguna Hills)
Additional $25 fee for private lessons taught at your location if a 1/2 hour or more away from Mission Viejo.
Group rates, special event rates, and wedding dance lesson packages also available, please call to discuss.
I am a professional dancer and ballroom instructor, specializing in Swing/Lindy Hop. I have performed and am qualified to teach all East Coast Swing varations (Lindy, Charleston, Jitterbug/Single Step, Balboa, Triple Step, Shag), as well as Salsa, Cha Cha, Argentine Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Rhumba.
Learning to dance is like learning a language. I believe it should be fun, nuanced, and challenging, with focus on body mechanics, connection, creativity, rhythm, and musicality.
Originally from NorCal, I have been living in SoCal for a long time, working as an actor/dancer/musician/singer/Swing band leader.
I often dance Swing and Jazz for Chester Whitmore, a world famous Tap and Swing dancer/choreographer. My training includes some of the best Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Ballroom instructors from LA and OC, at various schools and studios, including years at Arthur Murray.
Regarding my teaching style, I am a very warm, encouraging, witty instructor. I have worked professionally with all ages, from children to seniors, and I challenge my students to accomplish as much as they are capable of, in the time I have with them.
I look forward to hearing from you, and teaching you some great dance moves!
Sincerely, ~Alec Marken