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Society Hill Dance Academy

Philadelphia , PA

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409 s 2nd st
Philadelphia, PA US 19147 (map)

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215-574-3574

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At Society Hill Dance Academy, we provide event and wedding packages customized to suit your needs. Private or group lessons are available to help make your event perfect.

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At Society Hill Dance Academy, we provide event and wedding packages customized to suit your needs. Private or group lessons are available to help make your event perfect.



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Heather
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband was super nervous about the first dance. The thought of being in front of 100+ of our closest friends and family simply didn't put a smile on his face. So, I suggested Dance Classes. A client had recommended Society Hill Dance Academy, and man are we glad she did. We opted to check it out about 6 months prior to our wedding. We assumed we would just learn some basic steps and be on our way, but our instructor, Kate was so amazing that we ended up signing up with their Social EZ package to help us get our steps to be more than just right.

Kate than helped us figure out what dance moves were right for us and even helped us pick a first dance song; which I'll admit we weren't even close to understanding any of this prior to our first visit! We had a choreographed dance in the end, which was the best possible scenario for my husband, and I CANNOT put enough emphasis on the fact that you should start early and do more than just the wedding package. Despite, having a beautifully choreographed dance we both did not anticipate my dress being a complication with turns, box steps, etc. My husband quickly changed the coarse and used moves we had learned throughout our lessons prior to wedding dance choreography and the result was still flawless.

If you want a choreographed wedding dance I recommend Society Hill Dance Academy but my biggest recommendation is to think beyond the wedding dance and truly learn the art of dance. We've already proven our moves can be taken beyond that first dance and are now proud Bronze level students. It's the perfect hobby for us as newlyweds and it was definitely amazing pre-marital counseling prior to our big day!
My husband was super nervous about the first dance. The thought of being in front of 100+ of our closest friends and Read more...
My husband was super nervous about the first dance. The thought of being in front of 100+ of our closest friends and family simply didn't put a smile on his face. So, I suggested Dance Classes. A client had recommended Society Hill Dance Academy, and man are we glad she did. We opted to check it out about 6 months prior to our wedding. We assumed we would just learn some basic steps and be on our way, but our instructor, Kate was so amazing that we ended up signing up with their Social EZ package to help us get our steps to be more than just right.

Kate than helped us figure out what dance moves were right for us and even helped us pick a first dance song; which I'll admit we weren't even close to understanding any of this prior to our first visit! We had a choreographed dance in the end, which was the best possible scenario for my husband, and I CANNOT put enough emphasis on the fact that you should start early and do more than just the wedding package. Despite, having a beautifully choreographed dance we both did not anticipate my dress being a complication with turns, box steps, etc. My husband quickly changed the coarse and used moves we had learned throughout our lessons prior to wedding dance choreography and the result was still flawless.

If you want a choreographed wedding dance I recommend Society Hill Dance Academy but my biggest recommendation is to think beyond the wedding dance and truly learn the art of dance. We've already proven our moves can be taken beyond that first dance and are now proud Bronze level students. It's the perfect hobby for us as newlyweds and it was definitely amazing pre-marital counseling prior to our big day! Read less
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Azy
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
We have always wanted to take dance classes but we weren't able to make it a priority until we got engaged. Society Hill Dance Studio is in an amazing location for us since we both work in center city, but there is also a garage and lots of meter parking nearby when we drive there from the burbs. Yesterday we walked out of dance class and right into an outdoor beer garden, which was a great way to end a great lesson.

When you walk into the studio everyone knows your name! It is a gem of customer service in a city with a spotty record. The studio is always full of fun & friendly people (both staff and other clientele) who are all willing to give advice ranging from dance shoes to the best local fare. The big bright windows and friendly pets make it a homey place, which is great considering dancing can be stressful to many. Shana does an amazing job of always being upbeat and energetic through every lesson. We have also had a few lessons with Nodari who is so great to work with. All of the teachers are fabulous!

My only piece of advice is to not wait until a few months before your wedding. We started classes 7 months before our wedding, and not only were we comfortable with our wedding dance, but we had the time to learn other dances that we can incorporate into our lives -- as well as into the wedding dance to make it seem less rehearsed and rigid. We view the first dance not as a big performance, but ideally of us just dancing (well) together! The investment you make here will surely enhance every dancing experience you have from here on out.
We have always wanted to take dance classes but we weren't able to make it a priority until we got engaged. Society Hill Read more...
We have always wanted to take dance classes but we weren't able to make it a priority until we got engaged. Society Hill Dance Studio is in an amazing location for us since we both work in center city, but there is also a garage and lots of meter parking nearby when we drive there from the burbs. Yesterday we walked out of dance class and right into an outdoor beer garden, which was a great way to end a great lesson.

When you walk into the studio everyone knows your name! It is a gem of customer service in a city with a spotty record. The studio is always full of fun & friendly people (both staff and other clientele) who are all willing to give advice ranging from dance shoes to the best local fare. The big bright windows and friendly pets make it a homey place, which is great considering dancing can be stressful to many. Shana does an amazing job of always being upbeat and energetic through every lesson. We have also had a few lessons with Nodari who is so great to work with. All of the teachers are fabulous!

My only piece of advice is to not wait until a few months before your wedding. We started classes 7 months before our wedding, and not only were we comfortable with our wedding dance, but we had the time to learn other dances that we can incorporate into our lives -- as well as into the wedding dance to make it seem less rehearsed and rigid. We view the first dance not as a big performance, but ideally of us just dancing (well) together! The investment you make here will surely enhance every dancing experience you have from here on out. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
My now husband, Kevin, & I decided to take dance lessons to prepare for our first dance at our wedding. Dance is a passion of mine and Kevin is a great dancer, but he would rather go golfing vs. dancing. But from our very first lesson with Tomas Delgado to our last, we had an absolute blast! I never danced the Hustle, but I had a great time learning it! And Tomas was so patient with us and choreographed the coolest first dance ever! Our first song was not traditional by any means, but Tomas did not object at all & tried to implement all of my Dancing with the Stars ideas into our dance. He even added Etta James for about 30 seconds so we could have a traditional song in the beginning and we learned the Waltz. So the track was all ready to go on our big day. Tomas would show us how the dance should look by dancing with the other instructors there and that really helped. We practiced individually with Tomas and he would really encourage us while Kevin & I were practicing together. We nailed our first dance at the wedding and we got so many compliments! The lessons & the experience were so worth it and we could not be more pleased with Tomas & the entire dance academy. He is so nice & great to work with & brought out the best dance moves in both of us. I would definitely recommend Tomas & Society Hill Dance Academy for the first dance or any dance on general! Kevin & I hope to return to continue our dance moves and learn even more!

Lauren J.
My now husband, Kevin, & I decided to take dance lessons to prepare for our first dance at our wedding. Dance is a passion Read more...
My now husband, Kevin, & I decided to take dance lessons to prepare for our first dance at our wedding. Dance is a passion of mine and Kevin is a great dancer, but he would rather go golfing vs. dancing. But from our very first lesson with Tomas Delgado to our last, we had an absolute blast! I never danced the Hustle, but I had a great time learning it! And Tomas was so patient with us and choreographed the coolest first dance ever! Our first song was not traditional by any means, but Tomas did not object at all & tried to implement all of my Dancing with the Stars ideas into our dance. He even added Etta James for about 30 seconds so we could have a traditional song in the beginning and we learned the Waltz. So the track was all ready to go on our big day. Tomas would show us how the dance should look by dancing with the other instructors there and that really helped. We practiced individually with Tomas and he would really encourage us while Kevin & I were practicing together. We nailed our first dance at the wedding and we got so many compliments! The lessons & the experience were so worth it and we could not be more pleased with Tomas & the entire dance academy. He is so nice & great to work with & brought out the best dance moves in both of us. I would definitely recommend Tomas & Society Hill Dance Academy for the first dance or any dance on general! Kevin & I hope to return to continue our dance moves and learn even more!

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend dance lessons with COLLEEN Cheong at Society Hill dance academy to anyone getting married. My husband and I had such a fun time taking the lessons and Colleen did an absolute amazing job. Colleen choreographed our first dance and she could not have done a better job instructing two inexperienced dancers. We really wanted our first dance to be memorable, feel comfortable and wow our guests and with Colleen's help it was perfect! My husband and I had very busy schedules and Colleen was extremely accommodating. She came in early prior to the studio opening to work with our time constraints and she able to teach us and choreograph the dance in less than 5 weeks. As I am writing this review, I am thinking about how much fun my husband and I had over the weeks! It was truly one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning. xo Mrs. Haines
I highly recommend dance lessons with COLLEEN Cheong at Society Hill dance academy to anyone getting married. My husband Read more...
I highly recommend dance lessons with COLLEEN Cheong at Society Hill dance academy to anyone getting married. My husband and I had such a fun time taking the lessons and Colleen did an absolute amazing job. Colleen choreographed our first dance and she could not have done a better job instructing two inexperienced dancers. We really wanted our first dance to be memorable, feel comfortable and wow our guests and with Colleen's help it was perfect! My husband and I had very busy schedules and Colleen was extremely accommodating. She came in early prior to the studio opening to work with our time constraints and she able to teach us and choreograph the dance in less than 5 weeks. As I am writing this review, I am thinking about how much fun my husband and I had over the weeks! It was truly one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning. xo Mrs. Haines Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Tomas was wonderful, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. At first I was a bit hesitant about taking dance lessons, but by the end was looking forward to them. I would recommend Tomas and the entire SHDA team to anyone looking to prepare for their big day or just learn some new moves.
Tomas was wonderful, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. At first I was a bit hesitant about taking dance Read more...
Tomas was wonderful, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. At first I was a bit hesitant about taking dance lessons, but by the end was looking forward to them. I would recommend Tomas and the entire SHDA team to anyone looking to prepare for their big day or just learn some new moves. Read less
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J
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Tomas was absolutely amazing. My fiancé and I wanted to do a "cool" routine for our first dance at our wedding and Tomas certainly made that happen. We learned a routine with swing and charleston and, being as neither of has have danced before, it was a challenge. Couldnt have done it without Tomas. It completely exceded iur expectations and our guests loved it!!

Thanks to everyone at SHDA, especially Tomas!
The Wards
Tomas was absolutely amazing. My fiancé and I wanted to do a "cool" routine for our first dance at our wedding and Tomas Read more...
Tomas was absolutely amazing. My fiancé and I wanted to do a "cool" routine for our first dance at our wedding and Tomas certainly made that happen. We learned a routine with swing and charleston and, being as neither of has have danced before, it was a challenge. Couldnt have done it without Tomas. It completely exceded iur expectations and our guests loved it!!

Thanks to everyone at SHDA, especially Tomas!
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Chrissy
Wedding:
9/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Such an amazing group of instructors! Everyone was so nice and helpful and made learning to dance so enjoyable! My husband and I are hoping to continue our dance lessons!
Such an amazing group of instructors! Everyone was so nice and helpful and made learning to dance so enjoyable! My husband Read more...
Such an amazing group of instructors! Everyone was so nice and helpful and made learning to dance so enjoyable! My husband and I are hoping to continue our dance lessons! Read less
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hannah
Wedding:
6/15/2013
4.9/5.0
We worked with Colleen for our first dance and she was wonderful! We were both nervous and pretty bad dancers but our first dance turned out so great! Colleen was fun to work with and broke it all down to a level we could learn. We enjoyed the lessons and the wedding turned out wonderful!
We worked with Colleen for our first dance and she was wonderful! We were both nervous and pretty bad dancers but our Read more...
We worked with Colleen for our first dance and she was wonderful! We were both nervous and pretty bad dancers but our first dance turned out so great! Colleen was fun to work with and broke it all down to a level we could learn. We enjoyed the lessons and the wedding turned out wonderful! Read less
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amyroman
Wedding:
10/17/2009
4.8/5.0
We really wanted to do something special for our first dance, and not look like two fools just swaying back and forth. We went to Society Hill Dance Academy and took one of the group lessons to start out, and had so much fun. We then decided to sign up for private lessons to learn something more specific to our song.

We had 10 lessons with Tim, and he was great! He taught us SO much. He taught us all the basic steps and then went into some more fancy moves. He got us to "choreograph" our dance ourselves as we went- that way we got into our own rhythm of moves and everything felt natural, not forced. We felt so comfortable doing the dance at the wedding and received so many compliments on it!

We can't wait to go back and use up the group lessons that came with the package, they'll be great date night activities. I'd highly recommend them!
We really wanted to do something special for our first dance, and not look like two fools just swaying back and forth. We Read more...
We really wanted to do something special for our first dance, and not look like two fools just swaying back and forth. We went to Society Hill Dance Academy and took one of the group lessons to start out, and had so much fun. We then decided to sign up for private lessons to learn something more specific to our song.

We had 10 lessons with Tim, and he was great! He taught us SO much. He taught us all the basic steps and then went into some more fancy moves. He got us to "choreograph" our dance ourselves as we went- that way we got into our own rhythm of moves and everything felt natural, not forced. We felt so comfortable doing the dance at the wedding and received so many compliments on it!

We can't wait to go back and use up the group lessons that came with the package, they'll be great date night activities. I'd highly recommend them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
Loved working with Society Hill Dance Academy!
Loved working with Society Hill Dance Academy!
Loved working with Society Hill Dance Academy! Read less
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Neha
Wedding:
6/15/2013
4.6/5.0
We had an absolutely amazing time working with Tomas. Neither me nor my husband had ever taken formal dancing lessons before and Tomas made it so easy for us to learn! He was encouraging and developed a great routine for us that looked polished without looking overly choreographed. He was so easy to work with. I think the only negative for us was that he taught in Manyunk for most of the week and then in Center City on the weekends. We're both medical residents with fairly busy schedules and unfortunately no car so getting out to Manyunk was a little difficult for us (although it is right by the train). Tomas was great, though, in trying to work around out often difficult schedules.
We had an absolutely amazing time working with Tomas. Neither me nor my husband had ever taken formal dancing lessons Read more...
We had an absolutely amazing time working with Tomas. Neither me nor my husband had ever taken formal dancing lessons before and Tomas made it so easy for us to learn! He was encouraging and developed a great routine for us that looked polished without looking overly choreographed. He was so easy to work with. I think the only negative for us was that he taught in Manyunk for most of the week and then in Center City on the weekends. We're both medical residents with fairly busy schedules and unfortunately no car so getting out to Manyunk was a little difficult for us (although it is right by the train). Tomas was great, though, in trying to work around out often difficult schedules. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.2/5.0
Fun to work with, made ballroom dancing easy and accessible for beginners, was flexible with our schedule
Fun to work with, made ballroom dancing easy and accessible for beginners, was flexible with our schedule
Fun to work with, made ballroom dancing easy and accessible for beginners, was flexible with our schedule Read less
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Sandrao1021
Wedding:
5/22/2010
3.6/5.0
Were took a dance lesson here. It was ok, but we found we did better by just practicing at home.
Were took a dance lesson here. It was ok, but we found we did better by just practicing at home.
Were took a dance lesson here. It was ok, but we found we did better by just practicing at home. Read less
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