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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Welcome to Emerald Coast Dance! We hope that you find answers to any questions you might have on this page.  If you require additional information, please feel free to contact us at 850.218.4119 or via email at emeraldcoastdance@gmail.com or you may also email us personally at gulfsmith@aol.com. We look forward to seeing you in class.

 

Do I need a partner for dance classes?

No, a partner is not required to take any of our classes. Partner dance classes are taught so that we rotate individuals every few minutes – this is a great way to meet new people and learn to dance with a variety of leads and follows.

 

If I bring a partner, can I only dance with them during class?

Yes, you can definitely dance with your partner; we ask that you please let your instructor know so that he/she is aware. Please bear in mind that although it may feel more comfortable to dance with the same person all the time, we strongly believe that dancing with others will improve your dancing.

 

What should I wear?

Most students come to class dressed casually e.g. jeans, t-shirts. Some of our student attend class after work and are dressed in business attire. Feel free to dress in a comfortable manner with light clothing, as you do get a workout from our classes.

 

What shoes should I wear?

You do not need to purchase special dance shoes for class. Socks will work fine. Street shoes or tennis shoes will leave marks on the floor and will not be permitted. If you are considering dance shoes, the ones with the suede bottoms are preferred.

 

How long will it take me to learn?

How fast you learn is solely up to the individual. Some students may learn faster than others, but you cannot allow this to be a measure for your skill level. Improvement in your dancing will depend on many factors including your practice time, determination, and class attendance. There will always be a class at your skill level so there is no need to feel rushed.

 

What if I can’t keep up?

Most of our students find our class pace just right. However, everyone learns at a different pace. If you find the class difficult, please inform the instructor, as our goal is to help everyone. Additionally, always remember that practice doesn’t end at the end of class. Outings and socials are a great way to practice, but one-on-one time with an instructor can also be extremely helpful. Private lessons are a great option to assist you in understanding and executing the movements and techniques covered in class.

 

Where can I go practice?

There are a number of local dance events that would serve as a great opportunity to practice what you have learned in class.  For more information, just ask you instructor, or Google local dance events. 

 

How long are group classes?

Our group classes run for six weeks at a time and each class lasts at least 45 minutes, but no longer than 60 minutes.

 

How much are group classes and private lessons? 

Group classes are $60.00 for each 6 -week session, and we offer a 10% military discount to active or past military members, and their partner or immediate family members.  Private lessons are $60.00 an hour, and the same military discount applies. 

 

Do you offer gift certificates? 

Gift certificates are available, and seasonal discounts may be available. 

Will I be treated with respect at classes and dances? 

Emerald Coast Dance understands the importance of ensuring all dancers and guests are respected.That is why we have implemented a code of conduct.  We know you can't have fun unless you feel safe and respected, so our code of conduct addresses this issue to make sure everyone feels safe and respected. Our code of conduct follows:

 

We appreciate your assistance in our efforts to make the Emerald Coast Dance community a fun, friendly place where everyone can enjoy learning, dancing and have a great time.  This Code of Conduct is a guide as to what is acceptable behavior, and it is meant to reinforce respect and dignity for everyone.  Most of all, we want everyone to feel safe at Emerald Coast Dance activities while experiencing the joy of dance.  

 

How to be popular and safe:

 

● Be respectful of those around you on the dance floor. If you bump into someone, apologize. If you

hurt someone, apologize, and also try to figure out how you can keep it from happening again. This

might mean not dancing with them again, or talking to your teacher.

 

● Respect other people’s boundaries.We can do some crazy things around here, but just because you

see someone do something with someone else doesn’t mean they will want to do it with you! This

applies to everything from close dance holds to moves like dips, flirty conversations or just agreeing to

dance. If you aren’t sure of someone’s boundaries, or can’t tell from their nonverbal cues, then ask

them. If you misjudge, and they ask you to stop, either verbally or nonverbally (such as with a facial

expression or a body language cue), then stop.

 

● Ask, and respond, respectfully. People around here usually happily accept an invitation to dance, but

it is also okay to say “no.” If you are turned down for a dance, please respect that decision and find

someone else to dance with instead. If at any point in a dance you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you

can tell your partner that you are uncomfortable, ask for any adjustments you need, or stop the dance

before the song ends without explanation. Requests for your own safety and comfort are respectful of

your partner as your ally in creating fun for everyone, and are not the same as offering someone

unsolicited feedback on their dance skills (which is generally considered rude). If you are often

uncomfortable in dances or often the recipient of these kinds of requests for adjustments, you should

consider reaching out to a teacher or trusted ally for help.

 

● Remember that alcohol and other substances can make it harder to judge boundaries accurately;

please be mindful of your limits so that you can be mindful of others.

 

This environment is for everyone regardless of race, age, level of dance, sexual orientation,

gender/gender identity, disability, physical appearance, religion, or anything else. We do not tolerate

harassment or threats of any kind. Any situation which makes another person feel unsafe or

uncomfortable to the point of being unable to enjoy the activity is unacceptable and can be considered

harassment. If you harass or threaten someone, you may be asked to leave.

 

 

What to do if you witness or are subjected to unacceptable or harassing behavior:

Please watch out for each other and help us to take care of you. If you aren’t sure if someone else is okay,

please take a closer look: ask them for a dance to draw them away from the situation, or ask, in a friendly

way, if they need help. If you are subjected to harassing behavior, notice that someone else is being

subjected to unsafe or unacceptable behavior, or have other concerns along these lines, you can seek out

any Emerald Coast Dance staff member for help. 

We promise to listen and to treat you with respect and confidentiality.

 

Consequences of unacceptable behavior:

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable or harassing behavior is expected to do so immediately. Actions that

compromise the safe and respectful environment are not acceptable from any member of

our community: attendees, teachers, judges, performers, volunteers or staff. Depending on the severity,

organizers’ interventions in response to a problem may range from talking to the offending person

and asking them to do or not do something, to asking them to leave the venue immediately without

warning, compensation or refund. Those conversations or actions may take place in private if that seems

appropriate to the situation. If you see additional problems after you or someone else spoke with us

initially, we’d like to hear about them too. We want this to be a place everyone can enjoy. We are grateful

for your help and commitment to making our shared environment safe for everyone.

 

Bob Smith. Owner Emerald Coast Dance  gulfsmith@aol.com

Kathy Smith Co-Owner Emerald Coast Dance  krmh1@yahoo.com

 

References:

Dance Jam Productions generously allowed Emerald Coast Dance to use their extremely well versed and researched Code of Conduct.  That is why Emerald Coast Dance Code of Conduct is so similar to the Copyright @ Dance Jam Productions Inc. all rights reserved Code of Conduct.  

The DanceJam Productions Inc. document was developed by Kay Newhouse and Dave Moldover for Dance Jam Productions, with

reference to the Prevention Institute’s Spectrum of Prevention and the Association of Corporate Council’s

Legal Resources, and modelled on codes of conduct from Mobtown Ballroom, Black Hat, and

Charlottesville Swing Dance Society, among others, with help and input from many friends and allies.

Copyright © Dance Jam Productions Inc all rights reserved.