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Meet Liza Marians of Dance With Liza in North Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liza Marians.

Liza, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Fun, friendly, flexible, talented, and patient are some of the words students have used to describe dance instructor and DJ Liza. Liza has been choreographing and teaching beautiful wedding dances as well as beginning to intermediate level country and zydeco dancing, ballroom dancing, swing dancing, and Latin dancing in San Diego for fifteen years.

Liza was professionally trained at Mac Vitties Dance Studio where she taught for a few years and then branched out on her own furthering her training with experts in the field. She also enjoys being a DJ, specializing in country western-themed events, hoedowns, birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events. She draws upon her experience working for Black Tie DJs.

Liza has been dancing all her life and loves inspiring and motivating people. Her favorite part of her job is making people happy.​

My father, Ami Dalyot, was a very talented and accomplished Israeli Folk dancer and dragged my sisters and I to his Israeli folk dance classes from the time we were babies. Since childhood I was dancing socially, albeit in groups instead of in as couple. I felt the sense of community and creativity that social dance creates from a young age. In college, after performing in an Israeli folk dance troupe, I decided to branch out and took ballet, modern dance, tap, etc. and performed in some college shows. After college, I responded to an ad to be a ballroom dance teacher–no experience required, just the ability to teach–and I got the job on the spot! The rest is history!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Getting started as an independent ballroom dance instructor was tough. You have to be willing to do it on the side for a while until you build up a solid reputation for yourself. For the first several years of being on my own (as opposed to working for a studio), I had day jobs and taught dance in the evening and on weekends. I’ve been doing this full time for several years now, but back in the day, I’d be lucky if I got 5 lessons a week! Also, my first website got hacked and destroyed. I had to start over from scratch. That’s when I decided not to depend on someone else to create a website for me. I taught myself how to create my own website and pretty much handle all of the administrative work myself.

Dance With Liza – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Dance With Liza started out as a mobile dance studio. What used to set me apart was that I’d travel to students’ houses to teach them. As time went on, however, I realized that most people just wanted to go to a studio to take lessons, so I rented space at a studio in North Park. Over time I grew to offering two locations: one at Vernetta’s Dance Studio in North Park and one at Dance For 2 in Kearny Mesa.

I am know for being one of the best wedding dance choreographers and wedding dance instructors in San Diego. I truly enjoy working with brides and grooms. They are in a bubble of bliss most of the time and it’s fun being around folks who are madly in love and so happy. In addition, I teach people to dance for fun. I teach ballroom, swing, latin, country, and basic social dancing. I often have at least one or two affordable group classes that people can attend to learn basic social dancing. I tend to specialize in country and swing dancing, but was formally trained in many ballroom and Latin dances too, and I enjoy teaching all of them.

As a company, I am most proud of continually providing exceptional service to my students. I’m proud of including the LGBTQ community in our lessons and classes. I’m proud of the DJ gigs we do on occasion. We specialize in hoedowns and country-themed events and can teach line dancing to get the guests out on the dance floor.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
It’s a toss-up: either my DJ gigs or complicated wedding dance choreography that goes off without a hitch! It’s very rewarding when the dance floor is filled with folks dancing their butt off when I’m playing music at a DJ gig. It’s similarly rewarding seeing my students who have worked so hard pull off a fabulous wedding dance with panache and confidence.

Pricing:

  • group classes start at $10 per class
  • private lessons vary depending on which package you choose, but we offer various discounts to suit your budget

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