beginners to advanced 

Note: The list of questions directly below tells you what will be answered further below. In other words, this list has no jump links directly to the question and answer.


Where do I park at the temporary studio location at the My Gym in Atwater Village?

Am I too old?

Am I too young?
Can I just drop in to a class rather than attend regularly?
Do I have to sign up in advance?
Who takes classes?
What is the right level?
I am or might be a beginner. Is the beginner class too hard/too easy for me?
How do I arrange for the extra help right before a scheduled beginners class?
My account seems to be wrong. It looks like I’m being overcharged/undercharged?

How does paying for classes work? 



Where do I park at the temporary studio location at the My Gym in Atwater Village?

DO NOT PARK in the My Gym lot on Tyburn Street. Instead, go one driveway  further down on the same side of Tyburn Street. And then park along the long wall that is to your left as you enter the driveway to a large industrial/office complex.  There are lots of spaces there along that wall and it is OK to use them. But DO NOT PARK elsewhere in that complex. If you park along that wall your walk to the studio will range from one to five minutes. You also can park in the neighborhood, following posted instructions, but at times street parking is limited.


Am I too old?

Not if you can climb the stairs leading to the studio.

Am I too young?

You have to be able to take classes with adults. The youngest current student is 8. (Howard’s daughter started in a class when she was 6.) For most children, it works better to wait until age 10, unless they’ve already had some training elsewhere. However, we understand that you might not want to wait and can provide a referral to a program with all-kids classes for younger students.

Can I just drop in to a class rather than attend regularly?

Yes, although most people don’t do that. But drop-ins are welcomed, and in class we work on material that works for everyone. The only limiting factor for a newcomer is if the tap level chosen is not the correct one, in which case, there would be no charge for the lesson.

Do I have to sign up in advance?

Only if the class description says so. But it’s a really good idea in all cases. For example, if you sign up in advance, Howard would then know to contact you if a class is canceled. And if he sees that a first-time beginner has signed up, he will contact that person in advance and try to schedule extra help for that person.

Who takes classes?

We were hoping you’d ask. Here’s a partial list: true beginners; tap teachers who need a break from teaching or a tap booster shot; children who have artistic interests that are slightly off the beaten path; recreational or serious hoofers who are now retired; people who are now retired who always wanted to tap; parents of young children who need to do something for themselves; magicians who want to add spice to their act; actors/singer who want to add/enhance a skill; refugees from other tap classes; people who like old musicals; drummers; performers preparing for an audition; dancers who need a safer dance form that they can pursue into old age; lovers of jazz; musicians who want to dance; “broadway tappers” who want to transition into rhythm tap; those of various ages who took tap as a kid or youth and want to get back into it; couples who want a fun activity together; tappers who want to learn to improvise; tappers who hate to improvise.

What is the right level?

We’ll figure that out together, but if you guess wrong, you won’t be charged for a lesson.

I am or might be a beginner. Is the beginner class too hard/too easy for me?

Let’s talk. Typically, We will restart the start-from-scratch class twice a year. Currently, though, the inquiries have been small in number but steady. So, people have had the choice of 1) jumping in, 2) arriving early (by arrangement) for free extra help for as long as needed, or 3) taking a private lesson or two. If you’re not quite a beginner, it usually helps to start in the beginners class to fill in possible gaps in your technique or learn our building-block approaches. 

How do I arrange for the extra help right before a scheduled beginners class?

Follow these steps: 1) sign up for a scheduled class 2) contact Howard by email at least two days before the class and request the extra time 3) wait for his confirmation that he is available 4) show up for the extra help.

My account seems to be wrong. It looks like I’m being overcharged/undercharged?

Alert Howard. We can fix it.


How does paying for classes work?


This could seem complicated at first, but the essence is easy to understand. The full price for classes is $20 per lesson, but you never have to pay that much if you are at least slightly organized. If you are organized enough to make a reservation online AND pay in advance, a single group class is $15. When you buy two or more lessons, group classes are discounted to $10 apiece. The maximum rate for any one day is $20. So, for example, you could take three lessons on one day and the cost would be $20.  To get unlimited classes for 33 days , you pay $61.


Some financial aid is available.


More details below. 


If you have remaining, unexpired lessons, regardless of what you paid for them, they will be honored under the new payment system until the lessons expire. We have extended expiration dates to account for the days that the studio was closed in the first part of Nov. 2018.


Individual lesson price if paid in advance:

$15 per lesson


Individual lesson price if you buy more than one lesson:

$10 or less

The maximum cost per day, regardless of how many lessons you take on that day:
$20

No show fee:
You will be charged for a lesson if don’t take the class and don’t cancel the reservation at least six hours before the class.

Group Lesson Packages:
$20 for 2 lessons (must be used within 30 days)
$40 for 4 lessons (must be used within 40 days)
$75 for 8 lessons (must be used within 80 days)

Unlimited Lessons for 33 days:
$61
If you are in this plan, you don’t have to make reservations, but you should in case the class fills up. Under the old system, we gave you 30 days that started on the first day you used this package. That option does not exist under the new software, so we are giving you three extra days under this plan, but the countdown begins from the moment you make the purchase.


Expiration policy:

Lessons or credits DO expire if you don’t use them within the period allowed.

We can manually adjust expiration dates under extraordinary circumstances.


Financial Aid:

After you have been a continuous student for three months, financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis. Inquire if you need to.

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