Social Dancing on a Budget
Do you feel like dancing but you're low on funds? Keep reading because we're sharing several life hacks on how to enjoy the perks of dancing without breaking your budget.
Browse your local library's event calendar
Libraries host daily events and a dance class might be on the events list. The best part is that library events are free or cost a nominal fee. If you can't find a dance class on your local library's event list, talk to the reference desk about your interest.
Sign up for a free introductory class
It's important to find the right dance studio before you commit long-term. Most dance studios offer the first class for free to get you on their dance floors. Don't be surprised if studios try to woo you into a long-term commitment. Customer retention is their goal.
Also, look out for donation-based classes offered by solo dance instructors. Independent instructors need to promote their services and sometimes offer free classes on Facebook or Instagram Live. Donating is optional. So if you're low on funds, you're free to give any amount you want.
Take a group class instead of a private class
Group classes are much cheaper than private sessions. Depending on where you live, group classes can range from at least $15 to $30 per person. Private classes run from $80 and up for at least 45 minutes to an hour.
Another hack is to book a private group class for you and your friends and split the total cost. The more friends, the less the class costs per person.
Support small dance businesses over franchises
Franchised dance studios are notorious for their high prices especially for ballroom dance instruction. The good news is that you can receive a quality dance experience at a small business studio too. Don't be afraid to shop around until the price is right for you.
Bear in mind that small dance studios might be limited to social dances like Salsa or Bachata. If you're looking for a variety of dance styles to learn, then a franchise dance studio might be the best fit for you (at a higher price).
Skip the competitions, costumes and the glitz
If your goal is to dance on a competitive level or on a semi-professional dance team, then expect to incur costs for traveling, costumes, private practice sessions, hair and makeup, etc. If you're dancing for fun, then opt out of the extra costs tied to competitive dancing.
Join a meetup group or college dance club
Meetup is a great way to connect with others with similar interests to you. You'll be surprised on how many free dance events are offered.
If you're in college, then joining your Salsa or ballroom dance club is an option to save on costs. There might be monthly membership dues but not for an amount that will empty out your pockets.
Go to socials only
Dance studios host socials weekly, semi-monthly or once a month. Socials are where dancers put their moves in practice. So if you have experience in dancing, then you can attend socials only to avoid the costs of classes. The cover charge for socials often includes a free introductory class before the party starts. So you can still get the benefit of a class and party for a one-time fee.
Sign up for the unlimited class package or online subscription
Paying for each class as you go can add up over time. Depending on how often you want to dance, the unlimited class package might make more sense and save you money in the long-run.
If you have the physical space and enjoy online dance classes, most instructors offer access to their digital classes for a monthly subscription. Online memberships are often cheaper than in-person instruction. The only downside is you miss out on the face-to-face interaction with other dancers.