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John Cassese The Dance Doctor

Santa Monica , CA

LOCATION

1440 Fourth Street
Santa monica, CA 90401 US

PHONE

310-459-2264

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Mrs.T_618
Wedding:
6/18/2016
4.5/5.0
Wedding first dances seem to be this studio's bread and butter. They have a high visibility location off of the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica - which is how we found them since we live in town. Looks like the other review is several years old, but Sarah is just as great of an instructor as she was then! We'd narrowed down our song choices to a few, tried a faster Viennese waltz to one of them for our first lesson then scrapped that idea, and with a fun, slightly simpler foxtrot option.

We purchased a series of ten 45-minute private lessons with Sarah. We see now why they suggest double sessions for the first few or so. But also we should have practiced in between lessons for maximum efficiency. It was a little frustrating that we didn't have Sarah's choreography brain outside of the 45-minute sessions. I felt like I choreographed (ahem...borrowed) about 50% of it myself - and I'm glad I did, otherwise we wouldn't have made it! (I think we finalized the choreography the week before the wedding).

Dance lessons were easily my favorite part of wedding planning! Even though we didn't practice nearly as much as we should have (I had hoped that my husband would know it well enough that he could just relax and have fun with it rather than showing his concentration so much), it went fine and we got lots of compliments and requests for the whole thing on video ( https://vimeo.com/173649117 ).

Management of the place seems a little "big brother"-like, but we love Sarah!
Wedding first dances seem to be this studio's bread and butter. They have a high visibility location off of the Third Read more...
Wedding first dances seem to be this studio's bread and butter. They have a high visibility location off of the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica - which is how we found them since we live in town. Looks like the other review is several years old, but Sarah is just as great of an instructor as she was then! We'd narrowed down our song choices to a few, tried a faster Viennese waltz to one of them for our first lesson then scrapped that idea, and with a fun, slightly simpler foxtrot option.

We purchased a series of ten 45-minute private lessons with Sarah. We see now why they suggest double sessions for the first few or so. But also we should have practiced in between lessons for maximum efficiency. It was a little frustrating that we didn't have Sarah's choreography brain outside of the 45-minute sessions. I felt like I choreographed (ahem...borrowed) about 50% of it myself - and I'm glad I did, otherwise we wouldn't have made it! (I think we finalized the choreography the week before the wedding).

Dance lessons were easily my favorite part of wedding planning! Even though we didn't practice nearly as much as we should have (I had hoped that my husband would know it well enough that he could just relax and have fun with it rather than showing his concentration so much), it went fine and we got lots of compliments and requests for the whole thing on video ( https://vimeo.com/173649117 ).

Management of the place seems a little "big brother"-like, but we love Sarah! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
12/20/2011
4.7/5.0
This place was really great for my husband and I. I am a dancer of almost 20 years, but my husband was very beginner when it comes to dancing and really didn't feel comfortable dancing. Sarah, our instructor worked well with both of us, emphasizing each of our strengths and taking into account the difference in our levels (both ability and height!! he is almost a foot taller than me). She was patient and managed to tailor each of our parts to our abilities. It was a really fun experience to do this together, and the results were FANTASTIC!! We nailed it the day of and we got so many compliments. We were so happy. :)
This place was really great for my husband and I. I am a dancer of almost 20 years, but my husband was very beginner when Read more...
This place was really great for my husband and I. I am a dancer of almost 20 years, but my husband was very beginner when it comes to dancing and really didn't feel comfortable dancing. Sarah, our instructor worked well with both of us, emphasizing each of our strengths and taking into account the difference in our levels (both ability and height!! he is almost a foot taller than me). She was patient and managed to tailor each of our parts to our abilities. It was a really fun experience to do this together, and the results were FANTASTIC!! We nailed it the day of and we got so many compliments. We were so happy. :) Read less
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