Avenue 56 Dance Studios
My fiance and I recently took an introductory lesson from "Marcus" at Avenue 56. Has anyone taken lessons from this company? We both got a very uneasy feeling and something seemed very fishy, but I don't want to leave a bad review in case I'm just being paranoid.
He initially said he was open all the time. Then later only wanted to meet Tues or Sat...usually in the evening. Also tried to seem busy by scheduling a time, then sounding like he had another meeting, and thus changing the time. Studio looked rundown...said he was in the middle of renovations...
I think he tried to relate to us by saying he was in the same field as us (as in profession)...but quit early on. He sounded like he knew what he was talking about most of the time, but little things were incorrect in he was saying...he should have easily known if he were truly in that field...this made us most suspicious...
Said he made a million dollars in some business venture (after he'd quit our field). So not in it for the money.
All he taught us was a box step (which we learned from youtube already)...and kept telling us how great a teacher he was and that he taught us great technique. During the time he was "teaching" us to do the box step...he kept walking away...not really watching. Told us to do it over and over again. That's it.
Kept pushing us to pick his higher package. When we said we'd like to stick to the lower package...his tone changed. He wanted to the money up front in cash (to hold the date supposedly). Which we said we didn't have with us at the time...and pushed us to run across the street to the atm. I asked if we could put down a deposit, and he said no. When we hesitated, he kept pushing us and telling us that he was very busy and needed it to hold the spot open. He even said he would pay our atm fee if we would just pay up front now in cash.
I told him I didn't feel very comfortable paying cash up front and just leaving without a contract or receipt or anything. He was very inflexible...seemed like he was ready to just get us out of there.
Did anyone have the same experience?