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Forums > Living in Kunming > Dance Schools?

Hello,

I will be living in Kunming for a month from July to August. Are there any dance schools in Kunming? I just want to take some classes while I am there.

Thanks!

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I came to Ten West to study Chinese during my summer holiday. I was a little apprehensive at first coming here since there was little information online about the school.

But my experience with Ten West (the teachers, administration, and students) has been nothing but positive. I wanted to take classes and do a homestay for the month that I would be in Kunming. The director put me in contact with a student taking English classes at Ten West. I was able to stay with her extremely nice family for free. The director also picked me up from the airport and took me to the family's home, where I would be staying. Their apartment was conveniently located a ten minute walk from the school. I was also able to sit in on a class before deciding that my best option would be one-on-one tutoring sessions. My class sessions, although fast paced, were really helpful. My tutor was very friendly and was able to explain things in both Chinese and English to me. I was used my own book that I had been studying from, but the school also has books you can choose from. My first week I was here, the director took some students on a field trip to the Stone Forest (Shi Lin). The school, although small really tries to accomodate their students and made my experience extremely positive.

As Ten West is an expanding teaching facility, they do have their growing pains as well. Since there are only three classrooms, one of my classes was held in the office. Additionally, I do wish that they had small group classes, although the director did try to pair me up with other students, but no one was at the same level.

My tutoring lessons were 60 RMB per hour, which is standard for one on one lessons from a school, although you can get them cheaper from individuals elsewhere. I felt like they were worth it given the available resources at the school and that I wasn't paying for housing. The director and staff were really friendly and I would often come early to class to study. I think the smallness of the school is beneficial since each student enrolled is given individual attention. And since it is growing, the staff seems to go out of their way for the students.

Of course, it depends on what kind of Chinese lessons you may be looking for, but I would highly recommed this school for anyone seeking personal attention from a friendly staff.