FAQ - Adult classes
Q. Do I need a partner?
A. We have separate classes for couples and individuals. You will need a partner for the couples classes, but you can come alone to the individuals classes.
Couples classes are for two people who will be dancing together. We don’t mind what relationship you have, but one of you will be dancing leaders steps, and the other will be dancing followers steps. You will be dancing in hold with your partner – we will not change partners during the class.
Individuals classes are for those without a dance partner. All routines are taught solo to start with, then you will partner up with others from the class to dance together. We will change partners so that everyone gets to dance with a partner.
Q. What should I wear?
A. There is no dress code for our classes. Wear something that you feel comfortable in, that doesn’t restrict your movement too much. Footwear is more important – see below.
Q. What shoes are suitable?
A. Men should wear comfortable flat shoes with a smooth sole. Ladies should wear comfortable flat or low-heeled shoes, with a smooth sole. Trainers are not as good, as they are designed to grip the floor and can therefore restrict your movement when you’re dancing. You can get specialised ballroom/latin dance shoes (you’ll see us wearing them) – but we recommend you try out the class before buying the shoes!
Q. Where can I buy dance shoes?
A. We now sell specialised Latin/Ballroom dance shoes – please come and ask us for more details.
Q. Do I need to enrol?
A. We recommend registering on our portal in advance (which is free!). You can also book your place this way. If you would prefer to try out the class, you can come for a drop-in class if it is at the beginning of a new course. Priority will be given to those who have booked and paid in advance. If in doubt please check in advance with us – some of our classes are fully booked in advance.
Q. Why am I classed as a Beginner for a whole year?
A. Ballroom and Latin dancing includes ten dances in total: five Ballroom and five Latin dances. That’s a lot of different dances to learn! We teach a mixture of the Ballroom and Latin dances in all of our classes, gradually introducing new dances while building up the routines of the ones you already know. Because you are learning several dances at once, it takes a while to master them; this is why you will be classed as a beginner for a year.
Q. I’ve danced before. Which class should I join?
A. We have adults and children’s classes at lots of different levels. Please get in touch and we will recommend a suitable class for you to try out.
Q. I’ve missed a few classes. Can I come back?
A. Classes are taught progressively, so we usually teach something new every week. Missing a week here and there is normally not a problem, as we always go over any new steps the following week, so you should be able to catch up fairly easily. However, if you have missed several classes, you may wish to book a private lesson to catch up with the steps.
Q. I have two left feet. Can I join?
A. Of course! We specialise in two (or even three) left feet! Dancing is all based around walking, so as long as you can manage to walk in through the door, we will be able to teach you some dancing.
Q. What age group are your classes?
A. We find that our dance classes are popular amongst all age groups, from younger wedding couples to older retired couples and everyone in between. Most of our classes contain a good mix of different ages, but we never can predict exactly who will walk in through the door at our next beginners class. All we would say is that you need a basic level of fitness to do the class (i.e. you can walk up the stairs…)
We also teach children’s classes, from age 3 upwards. So that pretty much includes everybody!
Q. Do you teach one-to-one lessons?
A. Yes. You can book a single lesson or a series of lessons, it’s up to you. We will tailor the lesson to your ability and what you want to learn. We teach all of the ballroom and latin dances, plus several others!
Private lessons are arranged to fit around your schedule. We have daytime and evening slots available.
Q. Do you teach wedding dance lessons?
A. Yes. We teach first dance lessons for your wedding, or other special occasion. We can choreograph a dance to your specific music, to fit your venue and tailored to your ability. In the past we have taught many different styles as wedding dances from passionate Rumba to romantic Waltz, and even a few fun-loving Charlestons!
Enquire now and we will get back to your with our current availability.