Dance Lessons

Learn to dance with professional instruction from Teresa Sigmon

Teresa Sigmon, ballroom dance instructor.  Photo by David James Visuals,

That’s about as easy to answer as “how long does it take to learn a foreign language?”

It depends on the individual’s natural dance and learning abilities as well as dedication to non-lesson practice time.

For the fastest and most consistent learning, Teresa recommends taking at least one private lesson a week.

For individual men taking private lessons with an instructor, it may take 3-4 months (12-16 lessons) to learn and get comfortable with basics in 3-5 dances.

Couples often take longer because both people are learning (and struggling) at the same time.

WE WANT TO LEARN A ROUTINE FOR OUR WEDDING DANCE? ... How long will it take? When should we begin? +

Super exciting! … Start sooner than you think.

On average, it takes couples who have little or no dance experience 8-15 lessons to be ready to perform their wedding dance routine — which equals 2-4 months of weekly lessons.

That includes learning it and practicing it enough so your body knows it better than your brain. In dance, we call this “muscle memory.”

It’s important (though not mandatory) to reach this “muscle memory” stage because you’re less likely to forget steps when you’re nervous on the big day.

That being said, one of Teresa’s wedding couples learned their routine in a mere five lessons. To their credit, they spent copious hours practicing on their own. It showed in their confidence and performance level on Wedding Day.


Absolutely not!

Teresa is accustomed to teaching solo men as well as couples. She often coaches women who dance competitively.

1) Are you a single guy?
Get started today, dancing with Teresa as your coach and partner.

2) Do you have a wife or partner but wish to take lessons alone?
Some men begin taking lessons without telling their wife or partner. Once, they feel confident in their dancing, they surprise their partner with a “beginner’s” dance lesson. 🙂

3) Do you wish to take lessons with your spouse or partner?
Many couples find they learn much faster when they take lessons together as well as individually. Lesson time apart means each person can dance with an instructor so they learn faster with less newcomer frustration.

4) Are you a single woman who wishes to begin dancing?
Teresa will refer you to a male instructor so you can learn in a more realistic social dance setting.


PRIVATE LESSONS (whether one student and a teacher, or a couple and a teacher) offer intensive, personalized training that yields fast, effective results.

GROUP CLASSES may contain anywhere from 6-30 students. They offer the opportunity to learn to adapt to dance levels and styles of many different people’s.

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The majority of people learn most quickly from the one-on-one attention of a private lesson.

While group classes are the least expensive method of learning to dance, when used as the only source, students often feel frustrated because they don’t receive individual attention to help correct problems they encounter with new partners.

Thus, a combination of group and private lessons yields the best results for social dancing. However, Teresa recommends everyone have several private lessons before adding group classes to the curriculum.

P.S. If you’re learning to dance for the primary purpose of your wedding routine, Teresa suggests you focus only on private lessons. Once the big day is over, group classes can be incorporated with your private lessons for a broader social dance experience.

Private & Group Instruction Available


  • Teresa has experience with all levels of ballroom dance: beginners, wedding couples, Dancesport competitors & everyone in-between.
  • Each 55-minute lesson is tailored to your dance skill & your dance goals.
  • NO CONTRACTS REQUIRED. Teresa offers a simple "pay-as-you-go plan".
  • Check, cash, Visa and Mastercard accepted.
  • Learn while dancing with Teresa... OR... bring your partner & learn as a couple.
  • Contact Teresa at
Teresa Sigmon, ballroom dance instructor with Carolyn Vivian, OR & WA licensed realtor

Teresa with students dancing rumba

Studio Locations:

The Ballroom Dance Company in Tigard  8900 SW Commercial St, Tigard, OR 97223

Teresa Sigmon, ballroom dance instructor, creator of SEW LIKE A PRO™ the online sewing school for dancers and skaters

Teresa Sigmon


  • Teresa travels to YOUR personal or corporate event to entertain & educate.
  • Groups from 10-100 can have fun & learn easy ballroom steps in only 30-45 minutes.
  • If desired, you may choose the social dance in advance. Otherwise, Teresa chooses on the spot.
  • Pricing varies per event. Contact Teresa to discuss party times, size and pricing.
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Teresa's favorite things to choreograph:


*  Theater Arts routine with lifts and tricks
*  Group routines, whether amateur or professional
*  Wedding Dances


Teresa Sigmon, ballroom dance instructor and dance/skate costumer,

An amateur couple performing a routine choreographed by Teresa

Teresa choreographed this staff routine for Ballroom Parkrose in 2009.

About Teresa

Teresa began dancing at the age of five. Ten years of strict ballet left her hungry for more fun and less painful pointe work. She changed instructors and fell in love with Jazz and Modern. At age sixteen, she had the honor of attending Governor’s School of N.C. in the area of Modern dance. Teresa also received a N.C. Teaching Fellows Scholarship for dance.

While attending N.C. State University School of Design, she missed dancing and called a local ballroom studio to inquire about taking lessons. As luck would have it, at age eighteen Teresa became an instructor instead of a student (which was her true calling given that she had been “teaching” aerobics and dance routines since high school.)

After only one year of ballroom training, Teresa was chosen to partner a nationally renowned dancer. In a classic case of “the road not taken”, she left behind her college days and fun times Dirty Dancing with her fellow dance instructors to begin training competitively in Phoenix, AZ.

Teresa Sigmon,

Teresa Sigmon during her competitive dancing years between 1989 and 1995.

Teresa’s competitive accomplishments include:

  • U.S. Professional Rhythm Champion and U.S. National Top Six Finalist, 1989-1991
  • Chosen to participate in a goodwill dance tour in Russia. Traveled and performed for two weeks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, October, 1991
  • U.S. Professional Rising Star Theater Arts Champion, 1994, and Open Top Six Finalist, 1993-1995
  • Performed in the American Pavilion at Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, 1994

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