Tips & Advice
How long does it take to become proficient in a dance style?
The time it takes to become proficient in a dance style really depends on the dancer and their goals. For a proficient dancer to pick up a new style well enough to dance it socially may only take a month or two. However, for a complete newcomer to pick up the same style might take six months or more. To become truly proficient in a first dance discipline, starting from beginner level, will take years--maybe five or six at minimum, but probably eight years of intense training to get to performance level. From there, however, to get to competition level in more disciplines might take only a couple more years per new discipline.
What is the proper clothes to wear to dance class?
Proper clothes depend on the dance class. The main consideration is ease of movement, although of course the attire should suit the environment. For ballet or contemporary classes, girls may be required to wear leotard and tights with proper dance shoes. Boys wear slim sweat pants with fitted tee-shirt. For hip-hop or street dance styles, the attire tends to be looser fitting and casual, with sneakers or dance trainers as footwear. Ballroom classes often encourage dress pants for the men and flowy mid-length skirts for women.
Are there age requirements for taking dance lessons?
The only age requirement for enrolling children in dance class is that they be toilet trained -- and even that isn’t a set rule. There are dance studios that have classes for toddlers. Typically, classes are divided by age, so for example, a large studio might have different classes for age 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. In many studios, there may be a lower age limit for teens to be allowed into advanced or performing groups -- this is typically 13 or 14.
There is no upper age limit for social dance lessons, especially in the ballroom world. However, for certain more rigorous styles of dance, such as ballet and contemporary, most people don’t come in as adult beginners. That being said, many adults pick up hip-hop, jazz, Latin, or other dance for exercise and social purposes.
What styles of dance are taught at dance studios?
Many styles of dance are taught at dance studios, the popular ones being ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and jazz/funk. Of the Latin styles, salsa and tango are two styles that are popular enough to be taught in studios nationally. Some people also consider Zumba, barre and pole dancing fitness classes to be dance, but they tend to focus more on fitness than learning routines.
Ballroom is its own universe within dance, and people who study ballroom will also learn ballroom versions of many other international dance styles, including rumba, samba, mambo and merengue. This is in addition to traditional ballroom dances like the foxtrot and the waltz.
How much do dance classes cost?
Most dance classes for children cost, on a monthly basis, anywhere between $50-$150, depending how many times a week they are, the class size, and how advanced they are. Typically children’s dance classes don’t allow pay-per-class. Some adult dance classes that are more for social activity than exercise allow people to drop in and pay per class, at a cost of $5-$25 per class. Typically the cost per class is less if you buy a monthly membership or a package of several classes. Private lessons cost significantly more, as do competitive classes.
Is it worth it to pay for an accountant?
It is worth it to pay for an accountant if you are looking for tax savings, or if you want very neat and accurate records on file in case of audit, or if your books have become too complex for you to be sure you’re making the best financial decisions. Many small businesses benefit from paying for an accountant, but individuals need them as well for a variety of circumstances, including purchasing multiple vehicles in one year, switching from employee to self-employed status, making a large personal gift to a family member, or moving abroad.
Types of accountants are: financial advisor, tax professional, public accountant, auditor, forensic accountant, and accounting consultant.
What is the difference between a CPA and accountant?
A CPA has completed the state-mandated amount of specialized education and supervised experience in the field to be allowed to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. Almost all states require a bachelor’s degree in accountancy, but not all do. All states require a minimum 150 hours of formal university education. And to become a CPA, any candidate must pass the Uniform CPA exam.
Professionals with a four-year degree in accounting or a related business concentration can go to work for an accounting firm and be accountants, but without the CPA designation.
Is an accountant needed to file taxes?
No, an accountant is not needed to file taxes. But for business owners, people who are filing 1099 (independent contractor), or anyone with significant complexities, it’s better to have an accountant. Complexities could mean a lot of things, but three common ones are a recent inheritance, an investment portfolio, or ownership of rental properties.
How much does an accountant charge?
An accountant typically charges $110-$250 per hour if they are billing hourly. The more expensive ones work on complex tasks for businesses or high-net-worth transactions. Many accountants take on one-time tasks like tax preparation and set a typical rate for performing the job. Others will agree to monthly retainers with certain deliverables – for example, $150 per month to do the books for a small business.