When can I start?
You can join lessons at any time, just turn up and enjoy! We recommend if you haven't danced before or in a long time, that you book yourself onto one of our 6 week Intro Ballroom and Latin courses. You can find info on these here. You don't need to book for classes and we don't have a 'term time'.
Do I need a partner to take part in class?
No, we always make sure that during the class you'll have the opportunity to dance with myself or one of my helpers. Equally, if other people attend on their own then why not partner up; its a great way to get to know each other. Of course, if you do come with a partner, we will not make you split and dance with others if you do not want to!
What footwear do I need?
During the first few weeks, I'd recommend wearing any non-grip footwear which allows you to slide on the floor. Following this I recommend you purchase some dance shoes. This helps enourmously to improve your dancing, you'll move more freely on the floor and will find certain steps much easier. Brands I'd recommend are:
Top Line - https://www.topline-ballroom.com/
DSI London - http://www.dsi-london.com/
Ray Rose - http://www.rayrose.com/
What sort of clothing is suitable?
Feel free to wear whatever you like; clothing which allows you to move freely and without restriction would be best. For children, we'd recommend purchasing proper dancewear, which will be required for dance exams and competitions.
Are refreshments provided?
We offer tea and coffee etc. and usually have some delicious cake available! We just kindly ask for a small donation.
Can I arrange private lessons?
Absolutely! Private lessons are a great way to build confidence, brush up on your steps and to enhance the knowledge you pick up in class. I can also do small group lessons if you'd prefer. Lessons are £30 per hour and can be arranged to suit your availability.
We've been to a few lessons and still seem to be struggling, is this normal?
Of course. It is normal to get frustrated if you cannot get it right straight away. Dancing is not easy and often takes a bit of time to get used to. Many people in the past have said they cannot dance or have two left feet but after more classes and practice have become great dancers!
I have missed a few weeks and feel I have been left behind by the group.
In classes I tend to spend two to three weeks on an individual dance before moving on to another and always aim to re-cap the steps from the beginning to the end so you should hopefully never feel left behind. Equally, if you have missed a few weeks and feel uncomfortable coming back, I'd recommend a few private lessons which can help bring you back up to scratch.
As a parent, can I sit on my child's lesson?
Like in other educational establishments, we prefer parents to wait outside of the class. We feel this causes less disruption to the class and creates a better environment for the children to learn in. However, for exceptional circumstances this can be altered. Please see me if you would like to discuss this.