FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much do your services cost?
Please see my rates and payment page for full pricing.
Do you travel to other locations for your sessions?
Yes. I charge the same amount for a 50-minute session for a dance lesson or personal training, plus travel expenses. Each location would have a different charge, based on how far I would need to travel from my home studio. Multiple people can take a lesson at the same price as above.
Do I need to bring any special equipment?
For dance lessons, leather-soled or suede-bottomed shoes are best but not absolutely necessary. For personal training, comfortable clothing and shoes are best. You can bring your own mat and weights, but these tools and several others are available for your use.
Is it easy to find your home studio?
Yes, I am located on Google maps, and I have off-street parking available. I will put out a sign directing you to the studio door at the end of my driveway, 910 Mathews Avenue, Charleston, WV 25302.
Can I rent your studio to practice my dance?
My home studio is available to rent Monday-Thursday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm for anyone who would want to come and practice their dance. Instructors can come with their student(s) to have a private place to teach. My zoning allows for only a maximum of 6 people, so they can all fit in my driveway and not take up street parking. The price to rent the studio is $10/hour plus 7% sales tax ($10.70 per hour). There are lots of mirrors and the studio is well lighted. The floor is hardwood, so suede and leather-bottom shoes are best. A restroom is also available.
Where can I buy dance shoes?
BackStage Bodywear, 205 West Washington St, Charleston, WV 25302, which also participates in SpreeWV. There is a fitting charge of $10 if you don’t buy your shoes there, so it’s to your advantage to use your receipt towards earning the $50 Visa card with SpreeWV. Plus, BackStage will give you 10% off if you mention you are taking classes from Charleston WV Dance. BackStage website: https://www.backstagebodywearwv.com/shop. SpreeWV website is https://www.cwvmainstreets.org/spreewv.html.
Are you certified?
I have been teaching stress management through movement and exercise classes since 2007 here in the Charleston area. I am nationally certified through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) for Group Fitness, which adds another layer of safety to the other certifications I have. My primary and advanced Personal Training certifications are through Fitour. I trained and certified for the Spencer Pilates Mat and Ball program and Sports Yoga techniques through National Endurance & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA). Certifications require ongoing Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) and additional testing to maintain, which has given me so much more training over the years of my teaching experience. I have designed my own style of Yoga/Pilates that moves in a way that is attractive to both men and women. I often incorporate movements into my mat classes similar to the five Tibetan rites as described in the book, “Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth,” by Peter Keller. I also am licensed to teach the Silver Sneakers® program through Tivity Health, serving many Medicare insurance companies. I am always current on my CPR-AED, which is a lifesaving program for cardiac and respiratory problems, in case they should arise while I am teaching class. I started taking private dance lessons in 2014 and opened my business, Charleston WV Dance, in 2016. My partner, Jim Wallace, has been dancing since 1995. We both have a love for the Charleston dance community and provide dance lessons as well as serve as a hub for getting local dance information published and advertised. We attract many people who has wanted to dance socially for a long time and finally has the time to take lessons, as well as couples who want to learn to dance together for wedding receptions. We teach all of our clients how to feel safe, comfortable, and entertained on the dance floor.