At Carpe Noctem we focus on teaching private lessons, which are a superior format over traditional group lessons:
• Progress at your own speed. Fast or slow, it's up to you.
• Unlimited scheduling flexibility for those who have irregular schedules or can't do our weekly classes.
• Make your mistakes in private so you can show off in public.
Currently we offer private or private-group lessons in the following social partner dances:
• East Coast Swing
• Argentine Tango
Booking times are flexible throughout the day 7-days-a-week, but are first come first serve and must be scheduled with the instructor a week in advance. Private lessons can be booked by a single or couple. Groups of more than 2 and up to 6 students who want to take lessons together must book private-group lessons. To book your lesson please click on the 'Contact' button at the bottom of this page.

• Base cost is $50/hour (includes studio and instructor time)
• Continuing students are eligible to buy discounted 5-hour packages for $200 ($40/hour) or book from class to class at the $50/hour rate.
• May not be combined with other discounts or promotions. 

First Dance Wedding Package

Do you have a wedding coming up? Carpe Noctem offers private lesson packages specifically designed to make your "first dance" a memorable and fun experience for both you and your guests.

Choose between two of the most popular social dances for your wedding:
• East Coast Swing
• Argentine Tango
We know that time is a rare commodity during the preparations for a wedding. Our special series of wedding private lessons will teach you how to dance properly in a very short period of time.

Our basic 5-hour package of private lessons provides a minimal level of competence in your chosen dance. It's enough to "get through" a first dance, but not much more than that. Most couples want to do more than the bare minimum, so we offer a 10-hour discounted package for wedding couples that compresses enough learning to legitimately get you up to the intermediate level of competency. Combined with a bit of practice squeezed between other preparations this will be enough to do justice to your big day without breaking into the honeymoon budget.
$350 / 10-Hours of Private Lessons

We do not teach choreographies or routines. They are a poor choice for weddings.

A wedding dance should be approached the same way you approach public speaking: you should not memorize every word of a speech, instead you should make very general point notes about topics you want to hit, and improvise the rest. By learning to social dance you are learning how to improvise within the framework of a mutual language of physical motion. This makes social dancing inherently robust and adaptable to mistakes or unforeseen hiccups, taking the pressure off and letting you relax, which in turn reduces mistakes.

Some dance studios push wedding choreographies because it is in the financial interest of the studio. They are not in the interests of the couple. Choreographies are a waste of time and money, because the "skills" you learn are disposable and can only be used with that particular song and situation. Furthermore choreographies are brittle and inflexible. If you make a mistake or gap-out from performance anxiety (a probably scenario) the entire choreography could unravel. When the inevitable mistake happens you are going to get flustered and have to improvise, so it makes far more sense to learn how to improvise from the beginning by learning to social dance properly. This is why we strongly advise all couples who are not already professional performers to steer clear of choreographies, and instead learn the proper skills of social dancing.

With a Carpe Noctem wedding package you will be learning the skills to prepare for your first dance, but you will also be developing a life-long skill that the two of you can share for decades after the guests have gone home!

For more information or to book your first lesson please send us an email and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

Purchase By Email

Private lesson purchases can be made by email, with payments by etransfer: