Tried once before to take dance lessons. The instructors were older, very good dancers, and seemed much more interested in showing off, than showing how. Rob and Diane have all the qualities one looks for in a teacher. They are endlessly patient, always encouraging, and best of all, make learning fun.
The first Lindy Hop lesson I ever had was when my swing dancin' girlfriend (now wife) dragged me to a class taught by Rob and Diane in the late 90's in the San Francisco Bay Area. Imagine our surprise when 10 years later we bump into them teaching in our hometown of Ventura! In the intervening decade we have taken countless classes and seminars, and rarely have any come close to the instruction offered by Rob and Diane. Aside from their obvious friendliness, generosity, and passion for teaching, they are true masters of their craft. They have an incredible smooth and calm style of both dancing and teaching. Where other instructors may try to pack as many moves into a class as possible, Rob and Diane take the time to do it right and make sure to convey the foundation and balance of every move. You may only learn a few moves in a class, but the difference is that you actually LEARN them instead of watching an instructor twirl while trying to follow along. At this point I thought my basic swing out was getting pretty good, but darn-it if I don't learn something new and essential in every class! Their classes are low key, low pressure, high quality, and down right fun for any level of dancer. We truly can't recommend them enough.
Rob and Diane are great teachers and they create a fun and relaxed atmosphere! There are no feelings of intimidation, even if you go solo. Partners are rotated so you never feel alone. I would recommend this class to people of all ages and experience levels!
I have taken many dance classes over the years, and this is by far the most enjoyable. Rob and Diane welcome all levels of dancers and taylor their teaching to address each participant. I learn something new in every class and look forward to the following weeks lesson. I would highly recommend this class to anyone, beginners as well as advanced dancers. You will not be disappointed, and you will come away with a whole new group of "swing" friends.
I have been dancing Jitterbug since I was a child and learned in the streets of Chicago but I learned so many fun, easy to learn new step that I have never seen before ... wow .. what a blast! rob and Diane have an easy, friendly, no stress way of teaching..my style..to learn to have fun on the dance floor without all the technical issues 'cause swinging on the dance floor is about fun! Thanks Rob and Diane
I am taking East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop classes with Rob and Diane and I enjoy them immensely! I look forward to every week of classes because I know I will not only learn many new steps but I WILL HAVE FUN! And isn't that what Swing is all about?! They have such an easy, relaxed, and supportive style of teaching which results in all of the class participants also being relaxed and supportive of each other as we learn the dance steps together. There is a very positive energy in the classes, and it starts with Rob and Diane. I encourage you to come check it out for yourself...you won't be disappointed!
I've taken lessons for 16 years and Rob and Diane are an absolute delight. They break down hard concepts into easy to follow instruction and have really improved my lindy and east coast swing. They have a very disarming manner which really helps when you are struggling with a new move. There is a real positive vibe at the lessons and I recommend them to both absolute beginners as well as advanced dancers.
I have been dancing some form of swing most of my life and I learn new things every week with Rob and Diane. I am so thrill they have come to Ventura and so excited to learn more!
The best instructors to ever come to Ventura...thank you Rob and Diane for being here and making this fun!
Have been really enjoying the dance classes with Rob & Diane - Ease Coast Swing is a lot of fun and soon I willtake the Lindy Classes starting later this month. Two great instructors who make Wednesday nights a blast!
Be it the classes in East Coast Swing,the Lindy Hop, or Charleston. Be it the great sounding tunes to dance to, the people to learn and dance with. And, to having the luck of Rob & Diane here, in Ventura, to teach....what more can be said, It's all good.
It seems as though the tides of good fortune have once again turned in favor of the beach community of Ventura. Dancers extraordinaire Rob and Diane have dropped anchor here and brought ashore their dance and instructional expertise, to our great benefit and delight. After working all day we sometimes think it would be easier to ditch class and sit at home, but now that we know how good we'll feel after Rob and Diane's class, we wouldn't dream of missing it on purpose. There's laughter in every session and it's good for the soul. The class is well attended, but students still get great personalized and confidence building attention, and there is valuable instruction for fledgling up to strong intermediate dancers. If you're looking for cool new moves, move yourself into Rob and Diane's classes! Rob and Diane, we're mighty glad you're here.
Rob and Diane make the dancing entertaining. Not many instructors go to each student and offer encouragement. These two go over the steps until we have the move down pat. The pace is still upbeat enough that I get a good workout every week.
I feel very comfortable learning new techniques in class with Rob and Diane. They give us a lot of practice and attention. They are fun and very personable. I look forward to their classes each week.
We are now learning Balboa..I love this dance, you can keep it simple or play with it as much as you want..It is a dance for fast music and was performed with grace and style and fantastic choreography by Rob and Diane. This class is a blast!
I really like the Thursday swing nite at the Golden China. My one suggestion is that after the lesson I noticed that there were a lot of beginners around but they seemed to leave after a few songs. You might get them more involved by playing shorter songs so they can dance with more people and not get so worn out dancing to 10 minutes songs. Old big band and rock and roll used to be 2 minutes max.
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