A range of dance classes for adults.
We have classes in Ballet, Tap, Ballroom, Latin American Line Dancing and Pilates.
All these classes are booked via our online shop
You can also book private lessons to concentrate on something particular or learn at your own speed or let us create something special for your wedding first dance.
For corporate events also please call 01708 754959 to discuss or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New “Heels” Class
With Kristina Thacker
This class teaches you how to dance in heels, with fluid movements and empowering body language. Whether you’re a beginner or an have some dance experience your teacher Kristina will guide you through a fun and challenging routine. Discover the confidence that comes with mastering the art of dancing in heels. Boost fitness, strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Whilst being fun dancing routines to your favourite commercial modern songs.
If you have no experience with heels and dancing in heels before you can take it step by step, heels can be chunky or flared heels, character shoes or even a Latin shoes can be a good start point (see our shop) , however we eventually recommend a lace up stiletto heel which supports the ankle and is made for dancing this may have a slightly open toe for proper technique with the floor and for stability. Typically, a shoe is 2 to 3 inches in height depending on your preference.
Clothing wise choose something that makes you feel good, is comfortable and flattering. Lycra leggings or tight lycra hotpants/shorts under a short lycra skirt are good choices, something figure hugging that still allows you to move freely and doesn’t restrict your movement.
Ballroom & Latin
There are a variety of fun hobby group classes; a great way to make new friends, keep fit and healthy, as well as learning something new! You do not need a partner to attend although you can stay with your same partner if you do come along together.
In group classes we cover Waltz, Chachacha, Quickstep, Rumba, Tango, Jive, Samba, Salsa, Paso, Foxtrott, Argentine Tango, Social Rhythm as well as some popular sequence dances too. We change dance every 3 weeks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you need a partner to join the class?
Well it is preferable to come along with a friend, but plenty of singles start dance classes and if we happen to have odd numbers then the teacher or assistant may be able to dance with you instead.
We are asked all the time “what do we wear?”
The answer is anything comfortable (smart/casual) that you can move in e.g. jeans and a top/shirt, will be fine. All we ask is that the ladies wear a shoe with a slight heel that will stay on their foot and that gentlemen wear normal outdoor shoes with as thin a sole as possible.
NB Trainers or flip flop sling-backs are NOT suitable as they restrict your movement of the foot. For those who want to invest in proper ballroom shoes we do sell shoes, so if interested please ask at reception during the day or ask your teacher for more information.
Rolling courses check shop for dates.
For the adult who is looking for a different kind of exercise to improve grace, balance and poise, we have either an evening Ballet class on Thursday evening.
This class will take you through the basics of Ballet and build on the technique as the weeks progress.
You will be learning Ballet steps from the exercises at the barre and then centre work including port de bras (arm movements), Adage (slow movements) with some Allegro (jumping movements).
Please wear dance wear such as leggings and top or ballet tights and leotard possibly with ballet skirt. With soft leather or canvas ballet shoes with elastics sewn on (we do have a suggested adult ballet wear and also sell ballet shoes in our reception shop, please call to check if we have your size as we can order shoes for you if not)
The Class is held in The Bussell Studio with sprung beech floor and barres
You will learn poise and improve fitness, posture, flexibility and balance, as well as helping keep your mind healthy and active. We will study barre work, port de bras and adage with enchainments inspired by famous ballet repertoire; Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty to name just a few.
Check shop for start dates
Adult tap class on Thursday evenings during term time at a beginner level.
Adult tap classes are are a great fun way to keep fit and meet new friends.
For those of a very advanced level who took Vocational ISTD exams during their teenage years we also have an ISTD Advanced 1 syllabus class available please call to enquire.
Our classes are built on free work, to build on technique, warm-ups, close-work, traveling and time-steps and usually the latter part of the class we work on a dance routine which is added to each week.
Please wear comfortable clothes suitable for dancing e.g. jazz pants or track suit bottoms and t-shirt /sports type top, with tap shoes (we do sell dance shoes, please ask your teacher for details) low heeled tap shoes are advised.
The classes are held in the Astaire studio downstairs at our studios