Frequently Asked Questions
“To provide reasonably priced, high quality partnered dance lessons, choreography, and dance event services to the greater public.”
What does Frankie teach?
Frankie Hagan exclusively teaches partnered dancing. He prefers to teach “the social style” of dancing, and primarily instructs a combination of Latin, Ballroom, and Swing dances. These dances may specifically include:
Why should I take dance lessons?
People take dance lessons for a variety of reasons. Maybe you have a wedding to attend, a class reunion, a prom, exercise, or would just like to start a new hobby. Perhaps you saw a film that put an idea in your head. Maybe you love a particular style of music and want to learn more about the dance that goes with it. Maybe you just want to meet people, or grow closer and more connected to someone you already know very well. Whether you want to dance on the weekends at the local club or compete on a national level, the decision is up to you. Dancing is a great way to boost your self-esteem and stay in shape. Dancing is fun!
Do I need a dance partner?
No! It is not necessary to have a partner. Dance Frankie offers lessons for couples or individuals. Ask Frankie about his ongoing projects throughout the Triangle area. Group classes supply the opportunity to meet people and make new friends with similar interests. Couples are encouraged to switch partners frequently in group classes. Just bring a willingness to learn and a smile!
What do I need to wear?
Dancers should wear comfortable clothing. Your attire is completely up to you. The only special thing that you might want is footwear with leather soles. Rubber soled shoes do not allow the proper “slide” you will require when learning turn technique and other movements.
Ladies may need proper dance shoes for Ballroom or Latin, particularly if they are subject to sore feet and aching joints. Lindy Hoppers may want a flat shoe with suede or chrome leather bottom to create the proper slide/speed and torque movement (many websites sell appropriate dance shoes, and Frankie can assist you in the selection process).
Isn’t this expensive?
Dance lessons are priced on several factors. Group classes are significantly cheaper, but private lessons give you a level of connection and personal attention that can rapidly increase your abilities and understanding of material. Frankie offers both kinds of learning experiences.
Pricing & Fees
Frankie teaches in a variety of studio and home locations in the Triangle. Pricing is often affected by some of these venues. Frankie currently teaches many privates out of Taylor Dance Academy in Wake Forest, NC, or Premier Dance Studio in Cary, NC. Private lessons run $60 an hour with a 10% discount on 5 lessons or more paid for up front. Frankie charge ONLY $40 an hour when teaching out of his home studio or at Amra’s Raleigh prior to deejayed events. Frankie charges $60 an hour for privates to travel to an individual’s home in the immediate Triangle, and $70 an hour when traveling to Chapel Hill. Frankie accepts cash, check or paypal. Classes with Frankie Hagan are based on availability. Weddings, parties, and special events that involve deejay equipment should be booked through Island Sound Deejay Services. Frankie will occasionally teach group class series in the greater community — these are normally at the Premier Dance Studio facility in Cary, NC or at Taylor Academy of Dance in Wake Forest.
Frankie has special rate classes, workshops, and functions when he travels.
What is the difference between social and ballroom dancing?
Social dancing is dancing comfortably and competently in public. Social dancing could be Ballroom dancing, Lindy dancing, Salsa dancing, or Shagging.
Ballroom dancing can either refer to dancing in a style that is specifically geared toward ballroom dance competitions (i.e. the specific syllabus of a Ballroom school), or it refers to waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, and the specific variations of these dances such as Viennese Waltz, Foxy, or the Peabody. If you are social dancing or ballroom dancing, and you’re doing it with a partner, it’s partnered dancing. Partnered dancing refers to dancing as a couple. This could mean Ballroom dances, Swing dances, Latin dances or various theatre arts styles. It takes two to Tango (and partnered dance, too).
What is the difference between American and International style dancing?
Frankie Hagan teaches American Style when it comes to Ballroom dances. American Style is the most popular ballroom dance style in the United States, whereas the International Style, which is also known as the English Style, is danced throughout the rest of the world.
The American Style “smooth dances”; Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, experience more freedom and expression in terms of movement and figures. The International Style “Standard” Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz are danced only in closed position. The technique for both styles is similar. The American Style “Rhythm Dances” which are Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Samba, Mambo, Bolero, and Merengue, have a greater variety of patterns, and are more suited for social dancing. The International Style Latin Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, and Jive are more disciplined and technical. Various aspects of technique and styling are different between these two styles and have developed and shifted over the years. Balboa, Lindy Hop, Salsa, Carolina Shag and Bossa Nova are not considered “Ballroom” syllabi dances, nor are they danced in standardized ballroom competitions. These dances have their own communities and are neither classified as American or International style.
What makes Dance Frankie different?
At present, Frankie has a fulltime career in residential real estate as a Broker with the Fonville Morisey organization in Raleigh, North Carolina. Frankie is also a professional deejay and dance specialist available through Island Sound DJ’s To Go. Frankie is a contributing writer for Retrospective Magazine. Therefore, he has limited time availability for students. Frankie takes great pride in making sure all of his students are having a good time and meeting their expectations. Each lesson will be personalized for you. (Frankie is familiar with the Arthur Murray and DVIDA syllabi).
Frankie has great expertise in the planning and actualization of dance related events (a skill that rewarded him with the invitation to write a manual on the subject) and has worked with numerous well-regarded organizations including:
The Harbour Club, Charleston Southern University, East Shore Health & Racquet, Triangle Dance Studio, UNC Chapel Hill, Taylor Dance Academy, Carolina Idol, Avery Pix (specifically in the motion picture “The Notebook”), Christian Family Y, EBC, Ballroom Dance Club, Smithsonian Magazine, Event Dynamics of Charleston, Latin Groove DJ Services, Let’s Dance, Arthur Murray Studios (Raleigh, Charlotte), The North Hills Club, Miss South Carolina USA, and Mrs. SC United States, and The Carolina Inn.
Where is Dance Frankie located?
Dance Frankie! is always available for event and deejay services in North & South Carolina. He is currently based in the Triangle (RDU) area. Frankie travels and instructs many Ballroom, Lindy Hop & Balboa (swing dancing) and Salsa classes and events. Frankie currently teaches out of Premier Dance Studio in Cary, NC or Taylor Academy of Dance in Wake Forest, NC. He provides high level concierge dance services for the greater Triangle with “travel to your location dance events.”