Frequently Asked Questions

The Social Dancer

Dancing is fun and it keeps you fit. We teach you well but we keep it light hearted. We want everyone to do their best but enjoy dancing, after all, when you’ve had a hard day at work you want to relax. When you are dancing you can forget all about your bad day and you enjoy yourself.

The Serious Dancer

Many pupils wish to further their dancing and working for exams is a good way of ensuring your style and footwork is the best it can be. We always teach our pupils correct technique, from beginners to competitors. Some pupils want to progress even further and we can train you for professional dance teacher’s exams if you wish. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Classes or Private Tuition?

A really great value way to learn is by joining one of our regular classes. Some people however prefer not to be in a group, or want to learn something specific, or can’t make it to a class or just prefer one to one tuition in which case you want a private lesson. Call us to arrange a time to suit you.

FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)

I have never danced before and feel a little shy about coming to learn to dance. Will I make myself look stupid?

Definitely not! Everybody who starts to dance is in the same position. Even the top professional dancers had to start somewhere as absolute beginners.  There are always new people like yourself turning up, so you will never be alone in your newness to dance.

But I have two left feet. How can I learn to dance?

Everybody has two left feet to begin with even the most accomplished dancer. The whole point of having dancing lessons is to learn how to co-ordinate your body so you never again have two left feet.

Am I too old to learn to dance? Don't dancers start as little children?

It is true that many top professionals did start to learn when they were very young, but you are not coming to dance the steps they do. You are going to learn the very basic, fundamental steps. You can start dancing at any age and continue to dance for life.

What level of instruction can you provide?

Our teachers are professionally trained to the highest level with championship level adjudication qualifications from the International Dance Teacher Association, which is the largest world wide association for teachers of dance. In addition our teachers have many years of experience as professional performers in competition and cabaret. We are happy to provide teaching in classes and private lessons from the complete Beginner through to advanced competitor and those seeking training to become a professional dance teacher.

I am a single person wishing to learn to dance; will I need a partner to have a lesson?

No. Absolutely not! The best thing is to get started.  There are many single people involved in dance.  Sometimes this is a good way to pair up and it's good to have a head start.

My partner and I are getting married and would like routine set to our favourite music and we are unsure of what type of dance would be suitable?

Our teachers have many years experience teaching couples for their first dance and have choreographed many routines to a large selection of different types of music. Each lesson starts with a free consultation on your music and how you want the dance to appear to your friends and family.

My daughter is  8 years old, and likes Latin American dancing, how do I get her involved so as she may compete as well?

It is wonderful get children involved in dance of any kind. We strongly encourage individuals who are interested in a competitive Latin American dance career to contact us, as the sooner you get started the better.

Do I need private lessons before I come and will the classes be for absolute beginners?

You definitely DO NOT need private lessons before you come. The classes are for absolute beginners who have never danced a Ballroom or Latin step in their life. You will learn absolutely from the very beginning.

Do I need to come with a partner or could I just come by myself?

If you come with a partner that is fine, but most people come by themselves. What happens is that there is normally a rotation of people without partners so you get to dance with everyone, but if you want to stay with the person you came with all night that is fine too.

Can I bring my own drinks?

Sorry but there is a fully licensed bar which sells tea, coffee, alcoholic beverages, snacks etc. It is quite cheap though.

How long does it take to learn to dance?

Well that's a difficult one because everyone learns at different speeds. You will probably be learning the very simple steps for a few months. After that you will probably want to tackle something slightly harder and go up into the beginners class itself as opposed to the absolute beginner’s class. In the beginners class you will learn simple variations which are combinations of dance steps in each of the ballroom and Latin dances. You won't learn them all in one week. Variations in one ballroom and Latin dance are repeated each week for three weeks or more. So it will be a gradual process. Once you feel inspired to do harder steps, there are intermediate classes.

What should I wear to classes? Do I need to dress up like they do on Strictly Come Dancing?

Attire for most functions at the studio is dressy casual. This is certainly not Strictly Come Dancing so you will never see anyone dressed up like that unless you see professionals doing a cabaret or you go and watch a competition. The only thing to think about is what to wear on your feet. You should wear shoes that don't slip on your feet and leather soles are best. Rubber soled shoes and tennis shoes are not recommended.

Can I stay to watch my children’s class?

The classes are only 45 minutes and it may be easier when dropping children off to stay instead of going to and from the studio. Refreshments are available.

What age groups are the classes for?

Please see the details on the website

Does it matter if I miss a class?

No, we will always repeat all steps taught

How quickly will I learn to dance?

The answer to this depends on a lot of variables. Will you take more than one lesson a week? Will you practice between lessons? Will you attend practice dance parties? How many steps/dances do you want to learn? Do you want to learn just enough to get by, or do you want to dazzle your friends and be comfortable in any dance environment? And, of course, one's own natural ability will determine the length of time it will take to learn to dance. One thing is for sure, you will be dancing on your first lesson.

Is Ballroom Dancing a good form of exercise?

Dance exercises our bodies to allow for increased circulation. It helps us burn those calories away, while improving our stamina. It is estimated that dance burns from 5 to 10 calories per minute depending on speed and intensity.

What dances do we teach?

Salsa - Salsa is a club dance version of the Mambo with a more relaxed night club feel.

Merengue - The Merengue is danced to a March time and is characterized by a controlled Cuban motion (sensual hip movement). It is one of the most popular and easy dances to learn.

Cha Cha Cha - Cha Cha music is catchy, upbeat and playful, making this dance one of the most popular in the Latin dance family.

Rumba - The soft music of the Rumba contributes to its universal appeal. It is sensual and seductive; the ultimate dance of love.

Mambo - The Mambo originates from Cuba and its music combines elements of the Latin and Afro-Caribbean cultures.

Samba - The pulsating Samba rhythms originated in the carnival of Brazil. This dance has enjoyed a revival with the popularity of Ricky Martin, Shakira, and other Latin music stars.

Paso Doble - Translating to double step or two steps, the Paso Doble is a representation of the bullfight, with the man as the matador and the lady the cape.

Waltz - Originally a folk dance from Austria and Germany, the Waltz has evolved into one of the most popular ballroom dances of all time.

Foxtrot - Without a doubt, the most popular and versatile of the classic ballroom dances, the Foxtrot originated in America in 1914. Think Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Tango - The passionate Tango has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years after being danced by Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman", Arnold Schwarzenegger in "True Lies", and Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez in "Shall We Dance".

Viennese Waltz - The lilting music and fast tempo of the Viennese Waltz make it one of the most beautiful and physically demanding of the traditional ballroom dances.

Quickstep - A child of the jazz era, the Quickstep is characterized by bright, happy music, a light-hearted mood, and tricky steps.

Jive - The Jive is a fast swing dance which originated in North America and is characterized by kicks and flicks of the feet.