Try It, You’ll Like It! A Few Affordable Ways to Check Out a Ballroom Dance Studio

Don’t you just love it when you go to the supermarket and they’re giving away samples for you to try?  You know you do.  Well, studios do the same thing when they give away free ballroom dance lessons.  They want you to step into the studio and see what it’s all about.  

Here are a few ways to try a lesson at a ballroom dance studio at little or no cost to you.

Find a studio that gives away free ballroom dance lessons.

give away free ballroom dance lessons

For many years studios have offered free sample lessons.  I’m sure that if you went to a studio’s website, Facebook page, or other social media, you would see that they want to give away free ballroom dance lessons.  All businesses need new customers in order to thrive.  When you visit the studio, if they do everything right, there’s a strong possibility that you will become a customer.  

For more information on your first lesson, please read the Dance Safari post, “Learning to Dance:  What to Expect on a Free Lesson at a Ballroom Dance Studio“.

Be a Guest or Student Referral

Just about every studio has a Guest Program.  Oftentimes, a student is offered a discount or a free lesson as an incentive to refer qualified guests or bring them to a Guest Party.  

A qualified guest is usually a local resident who is 18 or over.  The Guest Party gives students an extra chance to practice.  It also allows them to show off some of their moves with their instructors. 

Because a happy student is the best salesman, a weekly or even monthly Guest Party is ideal for studios to welcome potential new customers. 

  • The get-together is set up for beginners.  Furthermore, it usually starts with a ‘guest lesson’ which is a brief introduction to the elements of dancing.
  • After some general dancing and demonstrations, there will probably be an offer made to the guests. Many studios will give away free ballroom dance lessons to new people.  
  • The student who brought the guest will receive their incentive after the guest takes their private lesson.  A good deal all around!

Open House

Similar to a Guest Party, an Open House Dance Party is a free dance night for everyone in the community. It could be to celebrate a holiday, an anniversary, or a Grand Opening.  But one thing is for sure, it’s a time for the studio to put it’s the best foot forward. 

Open House parties that I have hosted most recently included:

  • hors-d’oeuvres
  • beer, wine, soda, etc.
  • welcome gift
  • guest lesson
  • student demonstrations
  • professional show  give away free ballroom dance lessons

Attend Open Houses whenever you can because you’ll get to mingle with the students and staff.  It’s never a bad idea to meet the other members of the dance club.  Get out there, meet new people, make new friends!

As with a Guest Party, there’s sure to be an offer designed to give away free ballroom dance lessons.  

Silent Auction or Charity Raffle

Ballroom dance studios are often asked to donate to a local good cause.  A lucky winner would receive a package that includes private lessons, group classes, and dance parties. This type of package allows you to see if you and the studio are a good fit.

My recommendation would be to start with at least one private lesson after which your instructor will guide you in choosing group classes and dance parties.

Groupon, Living Social, Local Daily Deals

It has become increasingly popular to turn to Groupon for discounts on just about anything you can think of.  By the way, when I say Groupon, I’m referring to any daily deal.

Groupon deals for ballroom lessons typically offer a short starter program.  This gives you a chance to see what the lessons are like.  At the same time, your instructor will get to know how you learn and how much you retain.  

The deals are working very well at introducing folks to dancing.  At this point, almost every dance studio has some sort of small package to get you started.   

I found 15 deals in the Raleigh area when I searched ‘Ballroom Dancing’ on  This is a budget-friendly way to experience a school.  So, go ahead and, as the great James Brown sings, “Get up offa that thing and dance…”

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