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Who Offers Private Lessons?

Jason Zabinksi

Jason offers private lessons in Lindy Hop, Charleston and Solo Jazz movement. His area of greatest focus is on partnering connection and Lead/Follow technique. In addition to teaching lessons by himself, Jason is also available to teach in partnership with Sarah “SassyPants” Zabinski.

“When you take a private lesson with me, you should expect to learn a lot about technique and how moving your own body will affect your rhythm and how you will connect with a partner as a lead or follow.”

Sarah “SassyPants” Zabinski

Sarah teaches private lessons in 6-count, 8-count Lindy Hop, the Shim Sham routine, and Charleston. She specializes in both brand-new dancers and dancers who wish to improve the basics they’ve already learned. In addition to teaching lessons by herself, Sarah is also available to teach in partnership with Jason Zabinski.

“When you take a private lesson with me, my goal is to give you a strong base for building your dance skills. We will focus lots of energy on making your basic moves as solid as possible.”

Callie Blumberg

Callie teaches private lessons for Lindy Hop. She has had most experience working with people on connection and solidifying their swing out.

“When you take a private lesson with me, you can expect that I will always be honest with you about what you can do to improve, but in a kind and respectful way.”

Tracey Reinke

Tracey offers private lessons in Lindy Hop and Charleston. She loves to work with dancers new and old, lead or follow, on their partner connection and technique. She loves to think about body movement and mechanics and uses that knowledge to help you understand why things just aren’t working and how to fix them.

“When you take a private lesson with me, you can expect to learn specifically where your basics break down and work to make them more consistent and accurate.”

Emily Mabie

Emily offers private lessons in introductory Lindy Hop and Charleston. She loves to work with newer dancers to get them confident and onto the dance floor.

“When you take a private lesson with me, you can expect to build your knowledge base and grow your confident autonomy as a dancer- and to laugh a lot while doing it!”

Katie Overmyer

Katie offers private lessons in Lindy Hop, Charleston, and solo movement.

“When you take a private lesson with me, you’ll see how much I love working on one or two fundamentals that will bring your dancing up a notch.”


What Should I Expect When I Go to a Private Lesson?

All teachers instruct their private lessons a little differently, but there are some things that you can keep in mind no matter who you learn from. First, you can expect more attention to your personal needs in a one-on-one setting. Although your Jumptown instructors are always trying to personalize instruction to the needs of the class, working with your teacher as an individual means focusing on you and you alone. While taking a private lesson, you can expect your instructor to give you feedback on your strengths as well as your areas of growth.

Most instructors will allow you take a private lesson with a partner. When you work with a partner, the time is typically split evenly to work on each person individually. If you take private lessons with a partner, please be prepared to receive personal feedback, both for yourself and your partner, and use that information respectfully. While we believe there are benefits to working with a partner, we do recommend that you aim to take a private lesson by yourself on occasion to make sure you are getting some truly personalized attention in your dancing.

How Should I Prepare?

Many students wonder whether they need to decide on lesson content or whether the instructor does this. It is helpful if you know what you want to get out of the lesson beforehand and indicate such to your instructor. The teacher can interpret your needs and desires into appropriate content for the lesson.

Ask how your instructor would like to be paid, whether by check or with cash – money can be awkward to discuss, but it is important to come prepared.

Ask your instructor about the location of the lesson, and make sure that it works for both of you. You might be asked to provide a space (if you have one) or travel to meet at a space that works for both you and your teacher.

Finally, prepare by making sure that your expectation are not unreasonable. If you’ve scheduled a single private lesson and are expecting a miracle, you will be disappointed. If you’re expecting to see improvement in skills and comfort in your understanding, you will be exited and satisfied with the progress you have made in an hour or two. Get ready to have some fun!

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