I haven't taken a proper jazz dance class in 18 years. Evie has been recommending Bill's jazz dance class at Studio A for a while, and I finally had the opportunity to take it last night. I really like Bill as a person and a studio owner because he's been very kind and accommodating with me when I needed to rent space for classes.
As an instructor, Bill is energetic and fun. You can tell he loves what he does. His warm-up stretched all the things I really needed to stretch after a week on the couch hunched over craft projects. The across-the-floor section of the class was fun and there was no pressure to perform for the instructor. We learned a combination, drilling it over and over without music, then adding music, increasing the speed of the beat of the songs as we continued dancing. I left the class sweat but not winded (important for an anaerobic asthmatic like me) and bought a punch card for five classes.
Something wonderfully unique about Bill's class is that he teaches one combination each week. On Tuesday he starts everything on the right side - warm-up, across the floor and combination. On Thursday he starts everything on the left side. It was a delightful mental challenge for me to start thinking with starting an entire combination on the left.