Let me introduce myself - Betty Hood - I have been teaching ballroom dance in Needham's ONLY ballroom dance studio for 15 years!
Background: I first took lessons in the 7th grade, but didn't really start dancing until I was an adult, and have been dancing socially for more years than I can count! I have competed in the International Standard style of dance (waltz, fox trot, tango, and quickstep) with an amateur partner - and we did quite well! When that partnership ended, I wanted to continue being challenged, and decided to learn how to lead (i.e., do the man's part). When a co-worker asked me to teach her and her boyfriend how to swing, after much persuasion I gave it a try, and found it to be as exhilerating as competiton. The rest is history. In the last few years, I have returned to lessons myself and dance at competitions and perform showcases with my teacher
Experience: In order to increase my knowledge of teaching, I studied for and passed a certification exam through the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, am a current member, and continue to attend their workshops for teachers. I have taught group classes for the MIT Ballroom Dance Club, at a monthly dance at the VFW in Medway (now defunct), a dance held weekly in Norwood, the Needham Senior Center, and adult education programs in Needham and Medfield. I have instructed many wedding couples, private students and small groups in my home-based studio.
Specialty: My emphasis is on social dancing, American style, beginner to intermediate levels.
Philosophy: I do realize how difficult it is to learn to dance (there are very few 'naturals') and have lots of patience for those who have two (or four) left feet. BUT IT IS WORTH THE EFFORT! Dancing is good for one's health, mentally and physically. Being able to dance is a big plus for social occasions, such as weddings and reunions, and it can enlarge your circle of friends as you meet others who share the love of partner-dancing at many venues in the greater Boston area.
My studio, "Kitchen Dancing," is located in my home. It provides a comfortable, private atmosphere where no one else is present (in many studios, other lessons are going on in the same space), and you get my undivided attention. So, whether you wish to learn how to do one dance (such as for your wedding), or want to learn it all, let me help you take those first steps. Call or e-mail with questions and tell me when is the best time for you to schedule lessons. I will do my very best to accommodate you!
ALLERGY ALERT: I do have a cat, so if you have a severe allergy to felines, I'm probably not the teacher for you! (I can keep her out of the studio and clean before you arrive.)
Note: I would like to thank Liam Walsh, a Needham High School student (and now in college), for his help in setting up this website!