I have been a student at ASTG for about 15 years. After taking group classes for a couple of years I started private lessons. Doing so entitled me to attend some ongoing group classes and practice sessions. At times there have been specially focused short courses (occasionally by distinguished visiting instructors).
I have had a number of instructors over the years. They have all been skilled teachers, patient, and fun to take lessons from. I have learned a lot of steps, patterns, and technique.
I have learned, at various levels, 14-15 dances. My preference has been to simply get instruction and dance. Had I wanted to I could have worked with an instructor (or other student) to develop and perfect routines to be presented to the other students and even to have entered and traveled to competitions.
A big benefit from this experience has been the interaction with a great group of students from a wide range of ages and many walks of life. Some have become good friends who I look forward to seeing in classes and practice sessions. At times my wife and I have met with other students for dinner at restaurants, attended parties, and gone to theater performances.
Finally, my days at ASTG have provided physical exercise combined with mental stimulation.>
HANK NUTTLE, RETIRED PROFESSOR>