Testimonials

 

Five Star Review from Kenna P   5/5/2019

For this review, I have to hit on a couple of different areas…
Jeff: Jeff Allen is an incredible teacher! I have taken private and group lessons over the last nine months and could not have imagined a better experience. Jeff is very knowledgeable and teaches way more than just steps, which is important when you actually want to learn to dance…not just march around a dance floor. He starts with the basics and tailors lessons to each individual dancer.
Robin: I have also had the privilege of taking ladies’ group lessons with Robin…SO MUCH FUN! Robin is an absolute gem…a perfect combination of strength, grace, professional attitude, and kindness (one heck of a cook too!). It is such a great opportunity to learn tips and tricks from the female prospective from such a beautiful dancer!
Jeff and Robin together: The group lessons taught by Jeff and Robin are such a value and a great way to try out new dance styles. They teach one dance at a time and make it look effortless to teach to varying ability levels at the same time. Jeff and Robin go all out for the social events they host a beautiful space, hospitality, great food/drinks, company, music, and of course…great dancing!
The studio/students: This one was really important to me. Before starting lessons last year, I had never danced…ever! I am a kind of shy person…nerves, stage fright. Over the past nine months, I have probably met 40-50 other students between overlap at the beginning/end of lessons, group classes, and social events; men and women, ranging from 20’s-60’s, business men to stay at home moms. Everyone is so encouraging, kind, and fun to be around…never a negative experience. Jeff and Robin create such a positive and uplifting atmosphere, you cannot help but have a blast while learning to dance! – Kenna P

 

5.0 star rating 12/18/2018 From Amanda K

My husband and I took dance lessons with Jeff Allen to help prepare for our wedding dance. He’s a very knowledgeable and personable instructor. He shared a lot of anecdotes and metaphors to help us understand different movements and concepts. Our wedding dance came out beautifully. We really had guests at our wedding cheering during our first dance, just like Jeff said they would. We highly recommend him and appreciate his ability to teach us quality dance moves while keeping us entertained throughout the process. – Amanda K.

 

 

 

4/6/2016 Five star review from Jeanette G.

My husband and I took private dance lessons with Jeff for our first dance at our wedding and we recommend him HIGHLY. In fact, I recommend to engaged couples: take dance lessons! Despite all the chaos with wedding planning, dance lessons are truly fun, diversely educational, and help you bond as a couple; because when it comes to wedding planning drama- you need something to bring you together so you don’t lose sight of what’s important (each other). We also wowed our guests with our dance because it wasn’t the standard “penguins swaying” dance. This helped get the energy level up for all the guests to dance after us and all night.

Now you know why to take dance lessons, now why take them with Jeff…
I have to laugh at the person who gave Jeff the 1 star review and explained that he was arrogant and talked about anatomy and physiology the whole time…because that “bad review” was the reason I picked up the phone and called him! Yes, he has many accomplishments and he will tell you about them, but he can back it up too. He does not just tell you where to put your feet like some kind of bad game of hop-scotch or Twister–he helps you with posture and making sure your weight is distributed correctly so you can look elegant which makes a huge difference. Because he teaches professionals to dance, he does not skimp on details to helping you perfect yourself–even though I will not and am not a professional dancer, my appreciation of Latin dance has drastically increased since learning from Jeff.

In summary, we both enjoyed learning from Jeff – we will not forget many of his lessons. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable and passionate and as we got to know him, we found his class entertaining. Some tips for brides & grooms: take dance lessons, practice at home, use recorded music for your song, comfortable shoes, and see Jeff. – Jeanette G.

 

Hi Jeff, 

Thank you so much! Our wedding was wonderful, and the waltz was magnificent. All the lessons on posture and proper
movement really paid off as we were gliding through the First Dance. Your choreography worked out beautifully, and we felt great in the dance – thank you!

Oleg and Nadia

 

Dear Jeff,
I want to Thank You for all your help with Bryant and my First Dance. It went off like a charm and was a HUGE hit! More importantly, Bryant and I had so much fun! Because of you, our day was much more unique. Also we truly cherished all of our lessons. The lessons were not only a bonding experience for Bryant and I, but also taught us how to work together and trust each each other. I really hope we pick up our lessons again soon!
Lisa & Bryant

Jeff –
As you can see from this picture, your expertise certainly paid off! We Thank You very much for all your efforts and patience with us. Our day would not have been nearly as nice without our beautiful dance to start the night off right.
Seth & Wendy

 

 

 

 

Dear Jeff ,
Lisa and I would like to Thank You for all the work you put into helping us look good while dancing at our wedding. Our opening Waltz took everyone by surprise and lent the style and sophistication we wanted to the evening. We had more people cry during our First Dance than we did at the ceremony! We are sure that for some of our guests, that dance is the most memorable part of the entire wedding.

Later in the night when the band began playing Swing music, we had the most fun we’ve ever had dancing together. We greatly appreciate the fact that you taught us more than “just steps” ! We were able to use all “the moves” that we had worked on, but also incorporated steps that we learned from watching others. The universal dancing concepts that you taught us, enabled us to experiment and make it up as we went along.

Once again, thank you very much for your instruction. The dancing helped us to truly enjoy the music and have a great time. We plan to continue dancing and will be in touch for more lessons (once we finish paying off the wedding!)
Kyle & Lisa

Our Story…or “You Don’t Have to go to New York to Get ‘Big City Style….It’s All Right Here in Rhode Island”

We were married in September . I have to say, we had some outstanding merchants-right here in “little old RI” – who gave us the true Red Carpet treatment. Without them, we would never have been able to pull off the “Big Day” and we owe them all a BIG Thank You! Let me start with our Dance Instructor…….

I woke up one day about 3 months before the wedding and suddenly realized that my ‘soon to be husband’ and I really didn’t know how to dance! I mean, we get up and ‘dance’ at every event we attend but, in reality, there are no “real” dance steps…we just kind of “wing it”. I also realized that that “winging it” just would not do in front of the 300 people we had invited to the wedding. So we narrowed down our First Dance song choices, finally chose “the one” and needed some dance steps to go with it.

So, like all good consumers, I opened up the phonebook and started flipping through the pages headed ‘Dance Instruction’. I see an ad for private lessons by the guy who wrote ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ballroom Dancing”, Jeff Allen. I always liked that series of books, so I called him. Even over the phone I could immediately tell that Jeff treated dance like the ‘art’ it is, so the decision was made.

We took private lessons as often as possible (given our very hectic schedule) and Jeff transformed us into poised confident “dancers” with style! Jeff taught us all the ‘little things’ that made all the difference – how to make our entrance into the room, how to present the bride on the dance floor, and best of all, how to execute a fantastic First Dance!

We worked hard and it paid off! We entered the floor as we had practiced, and our dance had our guests ‘oooohhhing’ and ‘ahhhhing’ with every move we made, the fancy dip and kiss that ended our dance brought a thunder of applause. What a day!

Thank you Jeff! You made our day everything we dreamed of and more!

Lora & Dominic

Dear Jeff,

Thank You for providing Soraya and I the total preparation that was necessary to perform a First Dance that exceeded all expectations at our wedding! You predicted everything that would happen, including the timing of live music (faster than the CD) and the rousing standing ovation we received at the conclusion of our dance. Even though we have not received our video yet, I know I heard the crowd yelling and whistling throughout our “performance”. We appreciate the preparation that you gave us even for the eventual ‘mishaps’ that inevitably occur with beginners such as ourselves. With the “easy correction” guidance you provided, the entire audience viewed the dance as “perfect” and only we knew we made some minor mistakes! A couple of “side balances” and big smiles, and no one knew the difference. Many people asked us how long we ‘rehearsed’ with the band to get everything that perfect!

One of the biggest benefits to such a sensational First Dance, was that it set the tone for the rest of the Reception. It established an atmosphere of fun and entertainment that lasted through to our last dance. In the future, we will look back at our wedding with fond memories, but it will always be our First Dance that stands out.

Thank you again!
Gregory and Soraya

 

Jeff,

The first time I spoke to you on the phone, you told me that you weren’t a “miracle worker,” well our wedding guests disagree! Our first dance was a big hit and even made it into the Best Man’s speech! Thank you for all of your help and patience and fitting in extra classes before our big day.



 

 

 

 

Dear Jeff,
Tom and I want to thank you for your dancing help in preparation of our wedding on Septenber 1st. The lessons definately paid off! Our special first dance to ‘Old Cape Cod” was so special and set the tone for a fun and dancing reception! All of our friends and family loved our dance and all commented on how special it was to see us take our first dance so seriously. Our wedding day was perfect. Thank you for contributing to our day.

Fondly, Kara and Tom Rudnick


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