Ok, so next on my list of things to learn is social dancing. I had done a little bit back in the 80s and loved it. I attended a class recently where the participants and instructor were very patient and kind with my lack of coordination, but truly it was not a Beginner Class. I was fortunate to be searching the web for places near West Hills, or Tarzana, close to where I live when I saw Betty Cates’ name online.
I called Betty, found out where her studio is located, and she called me back right away. The initial conversation we had began her assessment of what I wanted/needed, what I needed to do, and she scheduled me for my first private lesson.
So today I had my first lesson with this amazing teacher. You get a little of the teaching about body mechanics, the foot positions, the importance of holding the hand correctly (so as to avoid turning and pulling your arm) and what the beats of the music mean to the different steps.
Betty gave me concentrated information from the moment I stepped into her studio on Devonshire. She teaches the men the mens’ steps and the women the womens’ steps. Not sure how she keeps that all straight.
I enjoyed the confidence I gained even within the first 15 minutes. I can now execute a turn in the fox trot and the rhumba. To be able to learn so much, lose the initial fear I had about going into a group where everyone else was so far ahead, and to be learning from such a pro is wonderful.
She teaches adults and has other instructors for children. I recommend Betty and cannot wait until next week’s lesson.
Betty teaches at Pierce College as well. You get a great studio, a group class, and either Smooth American with American Rhythm dances and then there is another class the same evening for the same price, on Latin dances. Betty is so knowledgeable and attends to everyone in the class with an eagle eye so as to correct us, gently and with a smile. I have enjoyed both of these classes recently and I know there are students who are signing up with Betty to continue the great influence on the dancing already learned.
Already I am talking to those who might be watching for a wedding in the family or a couple wishing to choreograph their wedding dances. How can this studio not be on Yelp yet?
Well that has now been fixed. Betty, you just rock. – Ellen O.
From Yahoo Local…
Betty is an amazing, experienced teacher with tremendous dance background. I started private lessons with no history of any knowledge, and Betty describes why the male and female dancers do everything they do, such as leading, or turning, from the first moment in class. Betty has a way of teaching that is encouraging, supportive and when I leave my class (private lessons) I feel that I have absorbed so much. You will definitely learn a lot, and in a peaceful setting, feel great about your new skills.
Betty also teaches at Pierce College and keeps really busy with students, so she knows how to make beginners feel welcome and build on their confidence level. I wholeheartedly recommend Betty Cates. – Beignet324
Betty is the best! We go to her for private lessons (which are very reasonable) for our wedding. She’s helped my fiance learn to lead very well and stay in time and I would have thought that was impossible! She’s also a lot of fun, very cool lady. – Heather
Betty is a great teacher and she’s so much fun!!! She is a trained Arthur Murray instructor but she has her own studio right here in Chatsworth. – Justin
Betty does a great job. She accommodates the student’s level very well, does a great job showing you how to move, and is very patient! – Shelly
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