Most Often Asked Questions
What is the difference between American Style and International Styie? American Style is most popular in the United States, whereas the International Style which is also known as the English Style, is danced throughout the world.
The American Style Smooth dances such as Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and V. Waltz, experience more freedom and expression. They may be danced in closed or open position allowing for additional innovative tricks and creative hand and arm styling. The International Style Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep and V. Waltz are danced only in closed position. The technique for both styles are the same.
The American Style Rhythm dances which are Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Samba, Mambo, and Merengue, have a greater variety of patterns, and are more suited for social dancing. The International Style Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive, are more disciplined and technical. The technique is different between the styles and changes throughout the years.
How long are the instructional tapes?
The beginning tapes are approximately 30 - 40 minutes, intermediate and advance tapes range from 45 - to 75 minutes.
What does the word "variations" mean?
A grouping or mixture of steps. A student must have a strong knowledge of steps from that level before purchasing any "variations" video tape.
How are the tapes formatted? Are they video taped seminars or workshops?
No, our tapes are not video taped classes. All tapes are produced with one instructor and assistant ONLY. We ask all instructors not only to demonstrate the steps, but to teach the steps as they would on a private lesson.
Buy Five Get One FREE?
When you purchase five tapes at one time, we give you one FREE tape. The lowest list price is chosen as your FREE tape.
When you purchase a $99 tape, does this count as two tapes towards your five? Unfortunately, it does not.
How do you ship?
We ship regularly by UPS ground service. .Most orders ship the same day,and are delivered the next day in the San Francisco Bay Area,and within 2-3 days in other areas of Californai, To other states ,it usually takes 6 to 8 days from the day of the order. However we tell our customers from 7 - 12 days just to be on the safe side. In some cases we will ship by US Priority mail which cuts the delivery time in about half for far away locations,for example Alaska or Hawaii.If you need the tapes faster, guaranteed,we do have UPS Red Label (overnight) and Blue Label (2 days). Your order must be in by 12 noon Pacific time or the order will be processed the next day.
What is the return policy?
Please order with care. We are unable to accept returns or make exchanges on any video tapes except: I ) If an item is received in a damaged condition, 2) If there is an error in an order on our part. Items MUST be returned within ten days of deliverv for replacement as ordered.