Member Since: 4/16/2012
Wanted a decent first dance with my wife and found this on theknot.com. Have a free 30 minute assessment so we gave it a try.
We worked with the co-owner, Matt. He was a lot of fun and made the lessons enjoyable and set the pace to match our skill level. Very patient. Lessons usually started with a few glasses of wine to help me out. the other instructors seemed to have a great time too working with their students.
He structured our wedding dance in line to how many lessons we were taking and by how fast we picked up new moves to get a dance prepared in time for our wedding. It went awesome!
as of our last lesson they were getting ready to move literally across the wall from their current place to a much bigger location. We look forward to taking future dance lessons there. Only downside is dance lessons are not cheap but you are paying for an hour for you and your partner with a private instructor.
Member Since: 3/30/2011
My fiance and I arrived for our first dance lesson unprepared without a wedding song, minimal prior dance instruction, and only 8 weeks to go before our wedding. Szewai and the entire BDC team could not have been more helpful. Rather than having a rehearsed choreographed first dance, Szewai taught us some basic steps and transitions that could be used for a number of our songs. She was always patient and encouraging, but also not afraid to give accurate feedback to help us improve. As a result, we had a lot of confidence going into our first dance and received tons of compliments on it. In addition, the entire BDC team was always very welcoming and friendly when we arrived or left.
Member Since: 7/18/2010
We took lessons from Szewai (and a some from Matthew) to prepare for our wedding. I can’t say enough awesome things about this studio and the teachers. I could seriously write 2000 words about how much I love BDC if I had the time. Not only are the teachers great at teaching you how to dance, but they are fabulous people who I love seeing every week. My husband and I studied the rumba and smooth swing for 4 months prior to our wedding. The lessons were totally worth it, we looked AMAZING during our first dance… standing ovation amazing. Szewai not only taught us dance technique and lead & follow skills, but brought out a love of dance that both my husband I didn’t know we had. We’ve used our dance abilities for more than just our first dance, we now hit the dance floor at all social functions.
We have continued lessons after our wedding and there are two reasons why: 1) The teachers are fantastic at teaching dance. We’ve learned so much and seen incredible progress in the last 9 months, neither of us thought it was possible to reach the point we are at today. We could not dance when we started lessons and we now hold our own on the dance floor. I never thought I would say I can dance the fox trot, smooth swing, single step swing, rumba and salsa! 2) The atmosphere in the studio also keeps us coming back. Wedding planning gets stressful! The atmosphere at BDC is laid back and fun. The lesson always started with a glass of wine and I quickly forgot whatever was bothering me once my husband and I started dancing. I found myself looking forward to class as a time to de-stress, spend quality time with my husband and socialize. Swewai and Matthew do a spectacular job of creating a fun vibe that keeps us coming back for lessons.
Member Since: 10/23/2011
My whole reason for getting lessons was because I did not want to simply "sway" side to side for our first dance!
We took the bait and signed up for a free 30 min introductory lesson, and was hooked. We realized we both had 2 left feet when it comes to dancing, and had no clue who or what fox trot even was!!
Took about 8 lessons before our wedding, and between Matthew and Szewai, the studio's lovely dance masters, they created a wonderful routine for us to Ray LeMontagne's You're the Best Thing. (Btw, they'll work with ANY song! country to straight up rap)
When the day came, my husband twirled me on the dance floor like he knew what he was doing and not a single guest was sitting down!! It was quite the show! Everyone was amazed at our "skills". =)
Bottom line... worth your money to get a half dozen lessons, at least, before your wedding... it'll look good in the pictures, in the video and in everyone's memories!
BDC studio won't pressure you into buying lessons, they're vibe and energy will make you want to take lessons..
And they hold monthly parties where you can showcase your routine before the "big day".
Member Since: 12/3/2013
Ballroom Dance Chicago is awesome. My wife and I came there to learn two dances for our wedding, waltz and tango. We ended up taking a lot of lessons. It worked out very well and it was lots of fun to boot. The instructors at BDC are great: patient, easygoing, professional and knowledgeable. We worked with Katryn, Rachael and Matthew and enjoyed learning with all of them. In short, I can't recommend BDC enough and we'll be definitely coming back to learn more dances.
Member Since: 5/12/2012
We had a great time learning to dance before our September wedding. We weren't sure if we wanted to take dance lessons but are so glad we did! We worked mostly with Matthew and Kathryn- they were amazing as were all the other instructors. They helped my fiancé pick out some great dance shoes and gave us a ton of great tips. Dancing lessons were great stress relief from wedding planning, and the studio is the best atmosphere- relaxed, fun, and great lessons all at the same time! We had the best time at our wedding, and really enjoyed our first dance thanks to BDC! You will not regret it!
Member Since: 8/25/2013
When my wife first approached me about dance lessons for our wedding, I was a skeptic to say the least. I thought it was just another unnecessary expense; however, I quickly changed my mind! Mathew, the founder, is a masterful instructor and was able to teach two of the stiffest people on the planet (we have no rhythm), a dance that yielded beautiful pictures and lots of applause. We are very grateful to Ballroom Dance Chicago for teaching us our first dance and giving us memories that will last forever.
The studio is beautiful, the staff is great, and you will learn something in every session! We still use the different techniques and moves that Matthew taught us at parties and weddings! I highly recommend Ballroom Dance Chicago; it was really an exceptional experience!
Member Since: 11/15/2012
Ballroom Dance Chicago made us look like pros on our wedding day!!! Our instructor Kathryn - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! She took two people who have never done any type of ballroom dancing and made us feel comfortable in our dance shoes. And she did it all with a wonderful sense of humor...she is a doll and would highly recommend her! The venue is really nice and while you are in there with other couples - you feel like you are just dancing with the two of you. Oh and did I mention they give you wine and Jelly Belly's!?!? The best!
Also, my husband and I enjoyed the sessions just in general and see ourselves going back for a fun date night or to learn a different type of dance like swing or salsa.
Member Since: 12/29/2011
Ballroom Dance Chicago was simply amazing. My husband and I started taking lessons a few months before our wedding and truly looked forward to every session. Everyone at the studio is welcoming, warm and fun to be around. Our lessons were with Matthew who we adore!
Neither my husband or I had ever taken a single dance lesson before in our lives so we were a bit nervous to get started but after two minutes at the beautiful studio we were having too much fun to be nervous at all.
Our first wedding dance was a big hit at our reception and we continued our lessons in order to learn some additional dance styles and to have an excuse to have some wine and dance together at BDC!
Thank you to everyone, especially Matthew!
Look good feel good,
Scott & Chelsea Brown
Member Since: 11/27/2010
What's most telling about our experience with BDC is that in the year since our wedding, we've continued taking lessons just about every chance we get. Our once to twice weekly lessons have been consistent highlights of our weeks.
Considering our wedding goal of choreographing a first dance, our skill level (total beginners), and our time frame (3.5 months), Matthew and Kathryn thoughtfully helped us select from among a handful of candidate songs, ultimately choosing a song with multiple tempo/mood transitions since these would help showcase a variety of styles. They taught us efficiently, for each section focusing first on the basic pattern and then progressively refining our technique as time allowed. They were attentive and patient, even teaching us back-up plans and details like how to mitigate the tendency to dance too fast during a performance.
We enjoyed working with such enthusiastic instructors, and wound up spending more than 30 hours in the studio before our wedding. To this day, our friends can't mention their own first dances without qualifying it: "Well, it wasn't as good as yours, but...." Ballroom Dance Chicago really made our first dance.
Having come to know the staff better in the subsequent year, I continue to be impressed with the studio's focus on quality instruction. Their staff are selected not only because of their personal accomplishments and knowledge of dance, but also because of their interest and skill at teaching. They each strive to understand their students' needs and help them to meet their goals.
I have also realized that those lessons were one of the best investments I have ever made. Having started without any experience, BDC opened up the world of dance for me. It's a wonderful way to spend time with one's spouse, and I expect we'll keep on dancing, even when we're old and gray.
Member Since: 8/14/2013
My son and bride to be are taking dance lessons for their up coming wedding and says that this place is great! They are really enjoying themselves.
Member Since: 12/1/2012
Having a great first dance was, for whatever reason, one of our top priorities. So we gave ourselves 8 months of lessons at Ballroom Dance Chicago. And while I could go on about the capabilities of the dance instructors (they're great), I think more important is the atmosphere the instructors intentionally foster.
Ballroom Dance Chicago is so un-intimidating and incredibly fun. The instructors make learning something new (and potentially awkward for graceless folk such as myself) extremely enjoyable. Once a month they have a free class to allow students to learn a new style of dance in a group setting and get experience dancing with different partners, and a free party which allows couples nearing their wedding the opportunity to dance in front of a crowd.
Our weekly lessons are incredible, too. Our instructors are relaxed and so patient; they really seem to have fun teaching us, which in turn makes the lesson fun for us. Dance lessons have turned into date night, and we are continuing dance after our wedding is over.
Member Since: 3/4/2013
I cannot say enough good things about Matthew and the others at Ballroom Dance Chicago. My fiance and I have been taking lessons for just over a month now and have about a month to go before our wedding (though we plan on continuing the lessons long after our wedding is over). We look forward to the no-pressure time together, dancing, laughing, and having a good time. Every time we arrive, we're offered wine and snacks and whatever we need to cast off the stress of the day and get ready for the fun of the hour ahead. Without fail, Matthew greets us dressed to the nines with a big smile across his face. It really is a highlight in both of our hectic weeks.
Matthew, our instructor, makes us feel great about our progress, and we learn something new every lesson. We want to do a highly choreographed routine for our wedding -- we're significantly higher maintenance than the average "teach me how to dance" students. For no extra charge, Matthew has intricately choreographed a beautiful piece at our (very beginner) level that we can't wait to show off.
Is summary, these lessons are worth it not only for the great teaching and choreographing, but for the quality time you'll have together as a couple. If I could give Ballroom Dance Chicago 10 stars, I would.
Member Since: 8/12/2013
When my fiancee and I first started dating we used a Group-on for several dance lessons at BDC. We loved it and three years later we decided to use them to prepare us for our wedding. Excellent choice. We started pretty early because we really want to WOW our attendees. They will not be disappointed. Matthew and Katherine have been wonderful teachers and the staff is spectacular. The monthly themed parties are always fun and allows for a practice performance in front of a group. Matthew always creates a special cocktail for the event and is a great host. Lovely space, great staff, and easy access make this a weekly event we will keep going with well after the wedding!
Member Since: 8/6/2012
We had Rachael as our dance instructor for our wedding. She taught us texas two step and swing to go with our first dance song. She was so wonderful and put us both at ease. I hadn't taken dance lessons since ballet in elementary school and I needed a lot of help! My husband and I both looked forward to our weekly dance session with Rachael. It was a special time set aside during a very hectic schedule of planning a wedding. Our dance at the wedding went very well and we got so many compliments! We have also been able to use our swing moves at other weddings as well. I would recommend taking dance lessons here for anyone, especially couples getting married. You will have a much better time at your wedding if you are confident on the dance floor! And these skills that Rachael taught us will be utilized at many other places. Thank you Ballroom Dance Chicago for making our wedding amazing!
Member Since: 10/11/2005
My husband and I took ballroom dancing classes for about 7-8 months, once a week or twice a week with Matthew. The studio is clean, conveniently located (right off the brown line). The staff is extremely courteous (always greeting you and offering you wine or beer). Most importantly, the instruction was top notch. Ballroom dancing is extremely challenging, and this is coming from trained dancer! Matthew really broke things down for us but also didn't inhibit us from achieving our potential. We went to several other dance studios in the city before we committed to buying a package, and we knew right away that Ballroom Dance Chicago was the best. At the end of it all, we were extremely happy with our dances (we ended up doing a foxtrot for our first dance and then a "surprise" swing routine towards the end of our reception!!) and I must say I think our guests were very impressed too! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ballroom Dance Chicago as THE best ballroom dance instruction studio in the city of Chicago.
Member Since: 6/15/2011
I found Ballroom Dance Chicago (through reviews) a few months before my wedding. My fiance and I wanted some help with our first dance and decided to give BDC a try. We worked with Matthew and would highly recommend him. BDC is a great studio, in an easy location, with good parking. Matthew was very flexible with lesson times and accommodated our schedules. We came about six times before the wedding (we will be returning for more :)
We were so amazed by how much we learned from Matthew so quickly. Even after our first lesson, we had learned a lot and already felt much more confident. Because we were learning so much and having so much fun, my fiance and I decided to change our first dance song to a more upbeat swing song. Our first dance at our wedding was phenomenal. People were blown away and we are still receiving compliments. Our first dance really got the reception off to a great start and everyone danced the night away.
I can't recommend Matthew and BDC enough. Matthew makes dancing fun and easy. We look forward to returning for more!
Member Since: 8/8/2013
My fiance got us lessons with Ballroom Dance Chicago as a birthday present, to prepare us for our eventual wedding. That was two years ago: we've been going to Ballroom Dance Chicago pretty much every week ever since. Through our lessons there we discovered that dancing is romantic, exciting, and even a whole lot of fun!
Matthew -- and the entire Ballroom Dance Chicago team -- are simply amazing. They're passionate, they love what they do, and they want you to love it too. We originally went with the goal of maybe getting good enough to dance a simple foxtrot at our wedding. Now we've learned not only foxtrot, but waltz, swing, tango, and even bachata. They're all great instructors, and you'll find yourself busting out moves on the dance floor you didn't even think you were capable of.
We never felt like anything less than Matthew's top priority whenever we were in the studio. He knew exactly where we left off after our last lesson and was professional, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable and skilled. Though both my fiance and I have very busy work schedules (we have hardly any time to practice), we've made steady and significant progress under his tutelage. And we never felt pressured to buy more lessons or purchase packages or anything like that -- quite the contrary, we felt like Matthew was overjoyed to work with us.
If you're getting married, and you want to dance at your wedding, and you want to have a great time doing it, then you HAVE to go to Ballroom Dance Chicago. You won't only get a great wedding dance. If you're anything like us, you'll walk away with a new-found love of dancing, and a new fun thing to share with your fiance for the rest of your life!
Member Since: 8/5/2013
My fiance and I have been taking classes for about 3 months now. The improvement in our dance skill has been incredible, so much so that we go out dancing on our own now. Thank BDC, and especially Kathryn!!!
Member Since: 8/1/2013
My fiancee and I wanted to take dance lessons heading up to the wedding so that we didn't look terrible for our first dance. This has ended up being the best part of the wedding process. When things got stressful with wedding planning, our upcoming move, and everything else going on in the weeks leading up to the wedding it was a great relief to spend an hour dancing, drinking wine, and laughing with Matt and Rachel(our instructors). Rachel does a great job of teaching us the basics and making you feel like you are progressing while Matt comes in and helps you polish little pieces so you don't look like someone who just took a couple of classes. They worked to build us a choreographed tango and let us tweak things however we wanted. I would highly recommend this place.
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