Latin and Ballroom Dance Classes in Bristol
What you need to know:
- No experience needed or expected
- Come on your own or with a partner
- Casual dress, normal shoes are fine
- No booking or registration
- Only pay for the classes you attend
- Pay £6.50 (£6 concs) per person as you arrive
- Anyone can dance, and at any age
When can I start?
We run Beginners Classes that start around the same time as schools in September, January and Easter time and run for around twelve weeks. Please join classes within three weeks of the start date.
We post the actual start dates or venues in the Upcoming Events, below, about a month before the classes begin. Until then, please Join Our E-Mailing List so we can send you the dates as soon as we have them.
If you have experience, contact us so we can point you to the most appropriate class today.
Why should you come?
- Dancing is good fun and a healthy activity
- Meet lots of people in a friendly environment
- We teach levels from beginner to experienced
- You can continue learning with us for years
- Dancing is a skill to last a lifetime
- You get more variety with a selection of dance styles
- You won’t know how much fun dancing is until you try it.
More than a Night ClassIf you look at the photos, videos and testimonials on the site, you will see that this is more than a night class. Dancing is something people do for the enjoyment of it. You can learn to dance and we’d love to teach you.
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Bristol Dance Experience based on 24 user reviews
Reviewed by Phillip Jackson, 13 January 2014
Eric and Helia teach a good range of dance styles. They teach at all levels from absolute beginner. In my first term, I was amazed at how much was taught and how much I actually picked up. The lessons are aimed at all people's capabilities fast or slow learners and Eric keeps the teaching level to the whole group. If you want to learn dancing in Bristol, I would recommend to try it for a term. You will amaze yourself on what you can actually achieve.
Reviewed by Gail Sheppard, 12 December 2013
Joined the September beginners class with my husband Brad,he was not looking forward to it!! .After 3 months he and myself are both hooked.Eric is a great teacher with lots of patience.Although we have missed a few classes through holidays etc we are delighted to be able to put together certain steps that resemble the waltz ,,cha cha cha, jive ,quickstep and others.After being a victim last year of a mugging the sessions have greatly improved my confidence.I would recommend the classes to everyone. We are both looking forward to the classes next term.Thank you Eric and Kate
Reviewed by Christian Groth, 10 December 2013
Absolutely brilliant experience during beginners class! Eric is a good dancing trainer and organises the lessons in a very good way so that you change dancing partner quite often. Also he is very funny during the lessons which makes it really easier to learn.
Reviewed by tim start, 11 July 2013
Helia is a very enthusiastic and skilful teacher. Really feels like we're making progress each week!
Reviewed by eva kiss-torma, 14 July 2013
Started from a point a bit under absolute beginner with my partner whom hated the idea to join a class like that. Now we both cant wait for the next levels, definitely going on this journey. It is fun and -thanks to Helia's great tuition- easy, and we not just learned how to dance, but gives self confidence, and its great for the relationship too :)
Frequently Asked Questions
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After a year or so some students get proper dancing shoes. Here in Bristol there are three dance shoe shops selling different makes and styles of shoes.
Holbrook’s Dance Shoes are based in Henleaze at 33-35 Southmead Road, Henleaze, Bristol, BS10 5DW on 0117 924 74 74.
Dance World in Bedminster at 52 Bedminster Parade, Bristol, BS3 4HS on 0117 953 7941.Dancewell in Cotham at 60 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JX on 0117 973 0120. Their web site does not show ballroom shoes but they do have a small selection in the shop in Cotham.
As there are are a number of different dances we cover two different dances in each lesson, and each dance is covered for two or three weeks before we move onto the next one.Why not watch the video of how class works on the home page.
Beginners Dance Classes
We assume you don’t know anything about dancing and most students will not have any prior experience. Even if you think you have two left feet, you should easily be able to get to grips with the basic steps. The dance classes are are popular and there will be plenty of people to dance with even if you do not come with a partner. You pay for each class when you arrive so if you didn’t like it you can stop any point, but we think you will love it once you give it a try.
Latin & Ballroom Dances
The “modern” Latin and Ballroom dances that we teach started as different dance crazes in the early 20th century that were popularised and codified by people like Vernon and Irene Castle, Victor Sylvestor and Fred Astaire. These dances can be enjoyed by people of all ages and can be danced simply for social enjoyment and do not need to be danced competitively as one sees on Strictly Come Dancing or in DanceSport Competitions.
Everybody enjoys the dance classes, but there comes a time to put do what you have learned without prompting from the teacher. Being able to identify the type of dance for a piece of music, count yourself in and then remember the steps and patterns all requires a bit of practice. We provide weekend dances about once a month during term time and we have dance practice sessions two days every week during term times.
Dates for Beginners Classes
It is too late to join the existing classes this term, but there will be new beginners classes starting in January 2014. Please join our mailing list for new term announcements.
Due to the reduced schedule we are currently unable to offer beginners salsa.
Dates for Weekend Dances
|Weekend Latin and Ballroom Dances||Friday, 21 Mar 2014 @ 8:30pm-11:00pm||Greenway Centre|
|Weekend Latin and Ballroom Dances||Friday, 11 Apr 2014 @ 8:30pm-11:00pm||Greenway Centre|
Dates for Practices
|Tuesday Practice Sessions||7:45pm-9:45pm||Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014-Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014||Elmgrove Centre|