September 2022: New Beginners Latin & Ballroom Classes Starting This Autumn!

Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz

We have THREE New Beginners Latin and Ballroom classes starting in the Autumn term.

The starting dates, times and locations are as follows:

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    NEW BEGINNERS CLASS: TUESDAY
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    7:45pm - 8:45pm
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    Cairns Rd, Redland Bristol BS6 7TH
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    13 Sep 2022
    (Tuesday) 7:45pm - 8:45pm

    where_to_vote Location

    Cairns Rd,
    Redland Bristol BS6 7TH

    schedule Event Details
    • NO NEED TO BOOK OR PRE-REGISTER
    • Just come along on the night
    • No experience needed or expected
    • Come on your own or with a partner
    • Casual dress, normal shoes are fine
    • Only pay for the classes you attend
    • Pay £7.50 per person as you arrive
    • Anyone can learn to dance

    Just turn up at the class start time and pay on arrival, no need to book in advance (our halls are big enough to accommodate all takers).  We don’t expect you to know a single thing about dancing as this is a complete beginners class and we will start from scratch.  Just wear casual comfortable shoes and clothes.

    The class continues each week at the same time and place until around mid December.

    See you in class!

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    NEW BEGINNERS CLASS: WEDNESDAY
    schedule
    7:45pm - 8:45pm
    where_to_vote
    Cairns Rd, Redland Bristol BS6 7TH
    schedule Time

    14 Sep 2022
    (Wednesday) 7:45pm - 8:45pm

    where_to_vote Location

    Cairns Rd,
    Redland Bristol BS6 7TH

    schedule Event Details
    • NO NEED TO BOOK OR PRE-REGISTER
    • Just come along on the night
    • No experience needed or expected
    • Come on your own or with a partner
    • Casual dress, normal shoes are fine
    • Only pay for the classes you attend
    • Pay £7.50 per person as you arrive
    • Anyone can learn to dance

    Just turn up at the class start time and pay on arrival, no need to book in advance (our halls are big enough to accommodate all takers).  We don’t expect you to know a single thing about dancing as this is a complete beginners class and we will start from scratch.  Just wear casual comfortable shoes and clothes.

    The class continues each week at the same time and place until around mid December.

    See you in class!

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    NEW BEGINNERS CLASS: THURSDAY
    schedule
    7:45pm - 8:45pm
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    Elmgrove Road (off Redland Road), Cotham, Bristol BS6 6AH
    schedule Time

    15 Sep 2022
    (Thursday) 7:45pm - 8:45pm

    where_to_vote Location

    Elmgrove Road (off Redland Road),
    Cotham,
    Bristol BS6 6AH

    schedule Event Details
    • NO NEED TO BOOK OR PRE-REGISTER
    • Just come along on the night
    • No experience needed or expected
    • Come on your own or with a partner
    • Casual dress, normal shoes are fine
    • Only pay for the classes you attend
    • Pay £7.50 per person as you arrive
    • Anyone can learn to dance

    Just turn up at the class start time and pay on arrival, no need to book in advance (our halls are big enough to accommodate all takers).  We don’t expect you to know a single thing about dancing as this is a complete beginners class and we will start from scratch.  Just wear casual comfortable shoes and clothes.

    The class continues each week at the same time and place until around mid December.

    See you in class!

Classes continue at the same time and venue each week until mid December.

You can download the flyer here.

These classes are for both couples and singles however, please note, in the continuing Covid climate if you come as a couple and wish to remain dancing as a couple and not change partners then that is fine.

If you come without a partner, we will be offering opportunities to dance with different partners if you wish. Please note however, we cannot guarantee you a partner as we do not know the numbers or gender mix of the people attending. Just turn up on the night and see who else is there. You can then decide if you wish to take part in the class or not. If you choose not to take part we will of course give you a full refund. I’m sorry but we cannot arrange/find partners for you.

If you choose to dance “solo” during the class then that is absolutely fine as well.

Payment

Classes are £7.50 per person per class.

Classes are pay-as-you-go. We can only accept cash or cheque payment at the classes. We cannot accept contactless payments.


Please Note: Elmgrove Class

If you are planning to come to the class at The Elmgrove Centre, they are in the main hall on Elmgrove Rd and NOT the small hall by the Bannatyne Health Club. Residents parking ends at 6pm so on-street parking is fine.

See maps and details for The Elmgrove Centre

Please Note: Cairns Rd Classes

If you are planning to come to the classes at Cairns Road Baptist Church, it is in the upstairs hall, the entrance to which is under the awning in the main car-park.

See maps and details for Cairns Rd Baptist Church

What You Need to Know:

  • NO NEED TO BOOK OR PRE-REGISTER
  • Just come along on the night
  • No experience needed or expected
  • Come on your own or with a partner.
  • Casual dress, normal shoes are fine
  • Only pay for the classes you attend
  • Anyone can learn to dance
  • You can switch between Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday nights. We follow the same lesson plan for all classes within the week and you are welcome to switch nights should any unexpected work or family commitments arise.

We are Bristol Dance Experience

We have been teaching Ballroom & Latin in and around Bristol since 1991

We look forward to teaching you to dance!

We start absolute beginners classes (for people who have never danced any Ballroom & Latin before) in January, April and September. These classes take place in the Cotham/Redland areas of the city. It is best to join a class in the first few weeks as each week builds on what you have already learned.

What You Need to Know

No Previous Experience Necessary or Expected

We make the assumption that you have never danced a single step before!

Come as a Couple or on Your Own

The classes are for both couples and individuals. Please see the FAQ for details.

Casual Dress and Any Kind of Shoes

Wear whatever is comfortable for moving in, normal shoes are fine.

No Need To Book

Just turn up at the venue! We use large halls and there will always be room for you.

Pay As You Go

Only pay for the classes you attend. Pay at the door when you arrive before each class.

Anyone Can Dance

These are adult dance classes for anybody over the age of 18 who is able to move freely and easily.

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Frequently asked questions

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. We do not expect you to know anything about dancing. Everyone will be too busy with their own feet to notice what you are doing and you may even surprise yourself.

How much does it cost?

All classes are £7.50 per person per class. You pay at the start of each class and there is no need to book, just show up. You only ever pay for the classes you attend.

Can I start this week?

If it is not the first few weeks of term you really need to wait until the beginning of the next term. We build up the dances week on week and after about three weeks, it will be difficult to catch up. Please join the emailing list to get new term notifications. If you have previous Ballroom and Latin experience, contact us for an appropriate level class.

How should I dress for 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. Please don’t buy dance shoes especially for class before you have tried it.

Do I need to come with a partner?

These classes are for both couples and singles however, please note, in the continuing Covid climate if you come as a couple and wish to remain dancing as a couple and not change partners then that is fine.

If you come without a partner, we will be offering opportunities to dance with different partners if you wish. Please note however, we cannot guarantee you a partner as we do not know the numbers or gender mix of the people attending. Just turn up on the night and see who else is there. You can then decide if you wish to take part in the class or not. If you choose not to take part we will of course give you a full refund. I’m sorry but we cannot arrange/find partners for you.

If you choose to dance “solo” during the class then that is absolutely fine as well.

What happens in class, are their tests?​

We explain and demonstrate a a short of group of steps, we then walk the ladies through their steps, then the men walk through their steps. Then everyone tries it with a partner. We repeat the process ironing out problems or refining the steps and then we practice to music. Each week we review what we have done before then add more so that the dances build up. There are no exams, and students can progress to the higher level classes the following term if they feel confident to do so.

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 book ahead?

You do not need to book ahead. Just come to class in the first few weeks of term 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.

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.

Ballroom and Latin

We teach Ballroom and Latin dancing.
You have probably seen most of these danced on Strictly Come Dancing. We teach Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba and Jive at beginner level.



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Where We Teach

These are the two venues we currently use for our classes. Please check which venue(s) has/have the advertised beginner class(es).



Elmgrove Centre, Elmgrove Road (off Redland Road), Cotham, Bristol BS6 6AH

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Cairns Road Baptist Church Hall, Cairns Rd, Redland Bristol BS6 7TH

See Venue Page