Beginners Dance Classes in Bristol
We run beginners Latin & Ballroom classes and beginners Salsa classes most terms. New beginners dance classes start three times a year in January, April/May and September. The classes usually start around the same time as school terms but we don’t stop for half term.
If you haven’t danced before you should come to the beginners dance classes for the start of term. If you miss the first class, you can still come along the next week. The classes are progressive so it’s best to start within the first few weeks of a new course so that the class can progress from week to week. The beginners dance classes generally run for 12-13 weeks. We also understand people can’t always make it every week, so there is always a little bit of revision each week.
All classes £7.50 (£7 Concessions) per person per class.
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How Class Works
In class we demonstrate small groups of steps for a dance. We then walk the man and the ladies through their respective steps. Everyone tries dancing together and then we add music. We repeat this process.
The atmosphere in class is very light hearted and it is a pleasant way to spend an evening and to learn the dances. There is no need to feel self conscious because everyone else is in the same position and concentrating on their steps.
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Come on your own or with a partner
During a typical class you will have the opportunity to meet and dance with many people as we encourage everyone to change partners regularly in each class. This means no one feels left out and it makes the classes very sociable and you soon get to know everyone by their first name.
Casual dress, no special clothes or shoes needed
The classes are relaxed and casual so anything you feel comfortable in is fine. Just wear comfortable clothes that you can move freely in. You can wear normal shoes, preferably ones that allow your foot to swivel on the floor. If you’ve been dancing for a year or so and you’ve got the dancing bug you may want to invest in some proper dance shoes.
No booking required, no obligation, pay as you go
Just turn up and pay at the door. Try it for a few weeks and you’ll be hooked, but if you don’t want to continue or need to take a break, then you can. All classes £7.50 (£7 Concessions) per person per class.
No experience necessary, anyone can learn
You don’t need any experience and don’t need to know a thing about dancing before the classes, we explain it all. We start from scratch, breaking everything down step by step. Walking through on your own, then with a partner, then to music. Building from week to week, you’ll be dancing before you know it!
Dancing is good fun and good exercise
You have seen the Strictly Come Dancing celebrities fall in love with dancing and shed pounds in the process. We can’t promise you’ll lose weight but our classes provide the sort of gentle exercise that is important for a healthy lifestyle.
A skill to last a lifetimeDancing is a life skill and you can learn it at any age. Our classes are for adults and we teach a wide range of ages, the majority of which are in their late 20s, 30s and 40s.
Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I start?
We run three terms a year which start in January, April/May and September. Each term we have one or more beginners Latin and Ballroom classes. Although one can catch up easily enough if you have missed the first few weeks, after that it is best to wait until the next term unless you’re a quick learner. If you have experience call us to discuss which class would suit you.
When and where will the next beginners class be?
We don’t make a decision about which days or which venues the beginners classes will held at until near the end of the previous term. Please join the mailing list so we can send you the times and dates as soon as they have been set.
If you do not have experience you need to go to the venue(s) where we have beginners classes, and you need to start as near as possible to the start of term which are in January, April/May and September.
I’ve danced ballet/salsa/LeRoc/etc before do I still need to go beginners
Yes, although you will probably pick up the steps at a faster rate, it is best to do the beginners to understand the fundamental ideas and principles involved. If you want to supplement the beginners by attending the improvers class as well, then that will help you progress faster, with your Latin and Ballroom dancing.
I have two left feet, is it worth me coming?
Most people can dance, they just don’t know it yet. Some people will pick things up more quickly than others. Everyone will be too busy with their own feet to notice what you are doing and you may even surprise yourself.
How should I dress to come to class?
The classes are relaxed and casual so anything you feel comfortable in is fine. Just wear comfortable clothes that you can move freely in. You can wear normal shoes, preferably ones that allow your foot to swivel on the floor.
How much does it cost?
All classes are £7.50 (£7 for concessions) per person per class. You pay at the start of each class and there is no need to book, just show up. You only pay for the classes you attend.
How long are terms?
We try to run our terms to coincide approximately with school terms so usually a term lasts twelve to fourteen weeks. We have three terms a year starting in January, April/May and September.
Do I need to have any previous experience?
No, we assume you have never danced before and know nothing. We start with the absolute basics, and most people in the class probably have no experience either so everyone is going to be finding their dancing feet at the same time.
Do I need to come with a partner?
No, our classes are popular so there are generally plenty of men and women who come without partners. During a typical class you will have the opportunity to meet and dance with many people as we encourage everyone to change partners regularly in each class. This means no one feels left out and it makes the classes very sociable and you soon get to know everyone by their first name.
Do I need to buy dance shoes?
Normal everyday shoes are fine, you do not need dedicated dance shoes to take part in classes and dances. Any type of footwear that is comfortable, in a good state of repair and allows your foot to swivel on the floor are best. You can learn in trainers, but they’re not ideal.
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.
Do I need to book ahead?
You do not need to book ahead. Just come to class and pay for each lesson as you arrive. You don’t pay for lessons you miss and there is no up front cost or commitment for a whole term. When the same class level if offered on more than one night people often go to whichever is most convenient that week.
Can I just go to a class at the nearest venue?
We strongly advise you to go to a class that reflects your past dancing experience. If you have never danced Latin and Ballroom before, it is simply not practical to turn up to a more advanced class if you are a beginner. Please come to the venue(s) where there are beginners classes, or call us if you have experience so we can direct you to the most appropriate class.