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About Bristol Dance Experience

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We are Eric and Helia and we are The Bristol Dance Experience, established in 1991, Bristol’s leading partner dance specialists. We teach all dance lessons ourselves, either together or separately in which case we each have an assistant to help demonstrate steps.

We are members of The Dance Matrix and are part of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing where Eric is a qualified Fellow and Helia is a qualified Member. The Bristol Dance Experience is recognised by the British Dance Council, the International Dance Organisation and World Dance Council.

Looking forward to seeing you at a lesson soon…

Eric and Helia

Reduced Schedule

In November 2011 we became the proud parents of twin girls. This has meant we aren’t able to offer as many classes as we previously had, however we are still able to offer a variety of levels, regular dance nights and practice sessions that we hope offer something for everyone.


How Dance Lessons Work

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Students at a Dance

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Dances in the Lessons

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Weekly Latin/Ballroom Lessons

We teach Latin and Ballroom dancing from complete beginners right through to experienced dancers. We offer one or more beginners level class each term and ask people without experience to join that at the beginning of a term. New terms begin in January, April/May and September. Dancers with prior experience should contact us on 0117 950 0084 so we can discuss which higher class would be most appropriate for you level.
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Friday and Saturday Dances

To give students an opportunity to use what they have learned and to begin enjoying dancing independently we host several dances a term. These events are specifically geared to the music and dances we teach and are attended mainly by our current and former students.

Tuesday Practice Sessions

We offer unstructured practice sessions at the Elmgrove Centre most Tuesdays evenings where you will have space and music to practice and refine your dancing. You do not have to be one of our students to attend a practice session.
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Individual dance tuition / Weddings first dance

Trying to learn a routine in a few private lessons before a wedding will only add to the stress before your big day. We highly recommend coming along to a term of lessons to actually learn how to dance so that the first dance at your wedding will be an enjoyable experience, and dancing may even become something you do for the rest of your lives together.

Because of the current reduced schedule we are unable to offer private lessons. However we can refer you to other instructors who can polish up rhe steps you learnt with us in class.

Weekly Salsa Lessons

Due to the current reduced schedule we are unable to offer salsa classes at the moment. But you may want to consider joining one of our Latin and Ballroom classes instead as the Latin dances share much in common with salsa while offering a bit more variety.