Comments from Dancers about Learning to Dance

Ric & Linda Kaser - April 2010

The first step in our dance journey with Dan Branscum began over two years ago at what was to become weekly Sunday evening dance classes together.  Although relatively new to the dance instructor business at that time, Dan exuded an enthusiasm and passion for his craft that was impossible to avoid—so we kept coming!

Dan is able to put his students at ease with his own unique sense of humor, allaying anxieties as he teaches each class in a patient, systematic manner, according to nationally recognized dance syllabi.  Classes are fun with students supportive of each other.  We appreciate the flexible class scheduling Dan offers as he solicits student input based on their personal desires for learning specific dances. 

Dan encouraged us stretch our boundaries.  A goal that originally was only to be able to dance of couple of songs at our son’s wedding turned into the accomplishment of learning 15 different dances.  We are now able to glide our way through multiple genres of music and regularly attend dances with an increasing circle of friends.  Dan was instrumental in our transformation from an uncoordinated couple - with zero ballroom dance experience - into dancers.  We have been fortunate to have found not just an instructor, but also a friend, and look forward to our continued dance journey together in the pursuit of that “new step”.

Kathleen - February 2008

I'm a competitive artistic roller skater in American Solo Dance.  I started Dan's classes to improve my sloppy feet and interesting timing.  My skate coach has been suggesting it.  I figured, what the heck, it's  inexpensive, on the Island, and I don't have to do it if I don't like it after the first night.

Six months later and I'm still dancing.  Dan's instruction is clear, you get what he means.  He's patient, willing to explain a thing over and over.  He doesn't seem to mind too much when you dance on his feet instead of your own.  The classes are fun, there's lots of laughter, not a bunch of serious nose in the air snobs.

I am learning to dance.  It is a bit of a challenge but it's not hard.  Ladies,  you don't need a partner, my soon-to-be-EX-husband chose not to dance.  You don't even need high heels, though the shoes are divine.  You also get to meet a great bunch of fun-loving people.

Linda - February 2008

I have been taking classes from Dan for several months.  I enjoy the classes, the instruction and the people I have met in my dance classes.  Dan teaches a variety of dance styles, and it has been fun learning them.  I have learned to dance the Cha Cha, Tango, Waltz, Nightclub 2-Step, Foxtrot and Rumba.  Dan is also good at helping his students find places to dance so they can try out what they have learned in class.

Linda B.

Wolf and Diana


Like any other journey of discovery, DANCING begins with the first step.  And what a fun journey it has been for us, ever since we started taking Dan Branscum’s  ballroom dance classes last year.  We have gone through all the traditional, standard ballroom dances which gave us the confidence for venturing out on the dance floors of quite a few venues, both on and off the island.  Now we are already progressing to the next level….

If you enjoy watching programs like “Dancing with the Stars” and wish you could move your feet and body to music, Dan’s classes are the way to success - even if you think that you are cursed with two left feet.  Dan not only teaches you how to put your best foot forward, but how to look good while doing it.  Because dancing is a shared experience – not only with your partner, but other like-minded people –  it’s definitely more fun - and just as beneficial for your health! – as working the exercise machines at sports clubs.

So take that first STEP with Dan, and you’ll find yourself embarked on a wonderful journey.

 Albert R - 11/10/08

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I have been with Dan from the beginning (almost).  A year and a half of lessons, and I have enjoyed every moment of it.  I took them on in my relentless search for someone who could transform this awkward klutz into something respectable.  So many of the dance classes that I have taken in the past have offered little teaching, just a quick demonstration and I was supposed to know what to do.  Dan’s methodical process of step-by-step direction has done wonders.  A few basic steps done well, instead of fancy fluffed through.  It makes a difference when your teacher cares about his students, and Dan does.  I look forward to my twice a week lessons.  They keep me fit and happy.  I can now do a respectable waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, swing, tango, rumba, salsa, mambo, and the list keeps growing, as does my satisfaction.