Hello, hello, and thank you for choosing Google Answers!
I requested a clarification for this question, but realized that it
was not necessary once I was actually able to find what you are
looking for. My search strategy initially entailed contacting an
individual at rockincountrydjs.com after my research initially only
seemed to return his organization as one that specializes in the
Country Western dance scene in the Las Vegas area. He informed me
that, while his business specializes in event lessons, such as at
weddings, he was, in the past, in contact with two individuals who
specifically taught at Gilley's that would most likely be willing to
contact you on a freelance basis.
He said that I was going to have difficulty finding someone to
actually go on-site for $100 per hour. However, I didn't hear back
from this gentleman so continued on my quest in the meantime. While
there are many dance instructors in the Las Vegas area, it seems that
the predominant form of dance taught there is ballroom. I called these
every professional dance association I could find hoping to locate
someone to offer this service on a freelance basis, but no luck. I
then turned to Arthur Murray, thinking that there might be a slight
chance that they would know someone. They do, in fact, offer this
on-site service, but for $150. Since this did not fit your
prerequisite, I continued.
I found your answer by searching through local dance messageboards,
community boards and then, finally, lasvegas.craigslist.org, where I
came across Amore Dance Studios, with two locations in Las Vegas,
though not a chain, which I, for one, think is a great thing. I spoke
with the owner, Matthew Dercole, who agreed to provide one on-site
(Frontier Casino, at Gilley's) female dance instructor specializing in
the two step for $100 per hour, on, of course, a strictly professional
basis. He said that she will be able to meet you at Gilley's at the
time of your choice, and can come from either location, since both are
approximately equidistant from Frontier Casino. Here is the contact
The owner's name, as previously stated, is Matthew Dercole. His e-mail
address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Web site: www.amoredancestudios.com
I am so excited to have located this for you! I ensured that the
services provided by Amore Dance Studios have met all of your
prerequisites through a fairly lengthy interview via phone. if for any
reason this changes, this means that the information originally given
to me was errant, but I really doubt this will be the case! Matthew
was a very nice guy!
If you require me to expound on any of the information provided to
your in this answer, please do let me know and I will be more than
happy to be of assistance. Dancing is very much a passion for me, as
well and I am glad to help a fellow afficionado pursue his dream of
becoming an expert rug-cutter!
Thank you for choosing Google Answers. Have a wonderful day!
Request for Answer Clarification by
31 Oct 2006 12:24 PST
Thank you for the referral to Amore Dance Studios. I called Matthew
Decole, the owner and set up a lesson for tomorrow at the studio. We
will go to Gilleys after spending some time in the studio.
Your recommendation may work out fine, and hopefully that will be the
case. I must admit, however, that as a frequent Google Answers user,
I am accustomed to getting a more detailed response for a $200
question. I almost always submit my questions at the $200 response
category, because I like being as informed as possible on the topics
for which I request research.
I have taken studio ballroom dance lessons for many years, and only
recently have started learning country. I am in fact currently taking
country dance lessons at the Authur Murray in Las Vegas that you
contacted. You indicated that Arthur Murray would charge $150 per
hour for lessons "at Gilleys" which eliminated them as a choice
because I had asked for lessons at $100 per hour. I'm quite certain
that Arthur Murray pays its instructors considerably less than $100
per hour, but when you take studio lessons, you have to cover the cost
of running a dance studio, insurance, licensing, business taxes etc.
A freelance instructor has none of those issues.
Although it would be a logical first step to call Las Vegas dance
studios and ask if they are willing to instruct "on location", I
thought that by going to Google Answers for reference, I would receive
research that went beyond checking into what local dance studios are
willing to offer. It seems that in a city of more than a million
there are probably a number of people who are qualified and willing to
provide country dance lessons on a freelance basis but my difficulty
is finding out how to contact them. Your search has resulted in only
one "lead" for me to pursue, so if that lead does not work out well, I
am back to square one. I expected that a full search would result in
more than one recommendation for me to follow up on. You mentioned
that you searched "local dance message boards". I have never used an
Intent message board, but perhaps if I posted an inquiry I would
eventually receive a response from a qualified instructor. I don't
know what solutions full search would uncover, but I am left feeling
that there are other promising solutions to my issue out there that
have eluded your investigation of this topic.
I normally have been very happy with Google Answers work product. I'm
sorry I can't be more enthusiastic about your research.
Clarification of Answer by
31 Oct 2006 12:38 PST
I would like to point out that your request for research indicated
your desire for a match to your prerequisite list of qualifications.
Typically, in the scope of my answer, I would, indeed, seek out much
more information on any given topic, but, frankly, your request was so
cut-and-dry, I really wasn't sure what other information I could
provide you. Prior to your response to my research, I had two
conversations with individuals on the West Coast who I had located in
these stated unorthodox methods, however, BOTH inviduals stated to me
that your request was extremely niche, and that I would be lucky to
find one expert two-stepper to meet you at Gilleys. Both of the women
I had spoken with said that they lived in California, but would be
willing to meet you to teach you the two-step, but said that private
dance lessons cost more than $100 per hour, especially on-site. I was
going to also provide you with this information, but since it didn't
fit your qualifications, I decided against.
Also, as a frequent Google Answers user, do you realize that rating
someone's research typically takes place AFTER any necessary requests
for clarification? I would have been MORE than willing to continue
working on this for you. In fact, I had been planning to do so. You
know what? Despite your rating haste, after which most researchers
would cosnider their work as done, I shall continue to post
information here for you, as I am able to locate. The lady with whom I
had spoken last night said that she had several friends in the Las
Vegas area that are avid Country Western dancers, and she would be
more than happy to send them my way. When that information is provided
to me, I will most certainly post it here for you. Pity that you have
already closed this, as I am not able to contact you on a personal
basis, and I don't know how long this question will remain up once a
rating has been assigned.
Clarification of Answer by
31 Oct 2006 12:59 PST
Hello, again, SL-7!
Here is another lead that just contacted me:
FWIW, I have MANY more requests out there for you, I just wanted to
INITIATE our interaction in as timely a manner as possible.
Thanks, again, for choosing Google Answers.
Clarification of Answer by
31 Oct 2006 14:56 PST
Wonderful! Here is the individual I MOST hoped to hear from, though I
thought it was a longshot, considering her schedule in the near
future. Her name is Lynn Hinkley Martinez, who since 1988, has been
the event director for the Las Vegas Country Western Dance Finale,
which is happening this year from December 14-17. She is the best of
the best. According to the Country Western United Dance Council, it
was Lynn who "put the Las Vegas dance fiesta on the map in 1988." I
had posted several requests for her on message boards, hoping that
someone who knows her might actually point me in the right direction.
Just a few minutes ago, a gentleman with dancegig.com wrote me with
her cell number. I contacted her, and she agreed to teach you to
two-step at Gilley's for $100 per hour.
Lynn Hinkley Martinez
As more come in, I will continue to post. I agree, SL-7 ... in a city
of more than one million individuals, many of whom are somehow
connected to the entertainment industry, one would think the answer to
such a query would be commonplace. I assure you, that has not been the
case. It HAS been very challenging to find a match for your
specifications, and I truly hope that you are beginning to feel more
satisfied with three leads, all of whom meet your requisites
Clarification of Answer by
31 Oct 2006 15:18 PST
Hello again, SL-7:
A man who frequently dances at Gilley's responded to a message board
message I recently posted regarding your query. Here is what he
"I'm a Gilley's regular who used to teach in country bars in Los
Angeles. I learned from top professional competitors and am constantly
told by locals that I'm their favorite two step partner. I can teach
anyone who has a minimal amount of rhythm and coordination, but being
that I'm also male we would need a female to be his partner. Obviously
the better the female the faster the learning curve, but if he has a
friend who wants to learn too then we can kill two birds with one
stone. If that's do-able then call me and we can work things out."
I just spoke with him on the phone and he said that you would surely
be able to find a female partner who would also like to learn, and he
While I understand this doesn't fit directly in the parameters of your
request, I am also a believer in exploring as many options as
possible, so, here's yet another one.
Let me know what you would like to do with this guy. He asked that I
not post his phone number on Google Answers. As it is against our
policy to list individuals' contact information without their consent,
I have of course, refrained from doing so. I am sure we can make this
work if you are interested in what he is willing to offer.
Clarification of Answer by
01 Nov 2006 06:16 PST
Good Morning, SL-7!
I woke up this morning to find another lead in my e-mail. I had spoken
with her earlier, but was not able to get any details, as she was on
another call. Unfortunately, their normal rate for private lessons at
the site of your choice is $200 per hour, but she said that she may be
able to accommodate you, depending on your desired dates, times, the
teachers' schedules, etc. Therefore, I thought this would also be
worth mentioning, at least. She is from Dance Charisma and her name is
Nancy. The phone number at Dance Charisma is 702.364.8700.
You may think this is silly, but I just wanted to let you know that I
have also sent several messages to individuals on myspace within a
50-mil radius of the Las Vegas area. I specified my search with
"country," "dance" and "two step" and just let them know what I was
doing. Usually, by someone's homepage, you can gain a lot of insight
into their interests (hence the backlash against it by certain
groups), so I went through and looked at pics, read descriptions and
sent some messages to people I thought might be able to teach you
well. I will let you know the moment any of this pans out!
Regarding the rating that has already been assigned, thank you so much
for communicating with me further on this matter. As you know, there
really is no other way for prospepective askers to gauge the quality
of a researcher's abilities, so I appreciate that you recognize the
star system's worth to the Google Answers researcher. However, I have
reviewed our policies and FAQs and do not find an instance in which an
asker is able to rescind a rating. Therefore, if only out of
curiosity, I have sent a message to the editors inquiring. Please do
not feel that you should take any further action. I sincerely
apologize to you that my intitial answer contained but one lead. I am
not sure if you are aware, but we are only able to lock questions for
a limited amount of time, and often, we are only able to include as
much information in that original answer was could be procured in that
timeframe. For this reason, we are all very willing to continue the
conversation with the asker by way of clarifications.
My only hope is that you are satisfied, though that is not to say that
my work here is yet done ...
I hope all is well for you, and I thank you for this communication.