Update 3rd May 2021

A limited number of classes will resume from 17th May. Places are being offered first to existing dancers and people on our mailing list.

If any places remain after this, they will be advertised here on the website. We are very sorry but at the moment we cannot offer spaces to everybody who wishes to come along.

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Bristol Dance Experience
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Christopher Power
Christopher Power
10:19 06 Dec 19
Started beginners ballroom this autumn (2019) at the Elmgrove centre with Helia as our teacher. The classes are excellent and Helia is a fantastic teacher, keeping the lessons fun. Even with my two... left feet I seemed to have picked up the basics. Classes have a wide range of ages from the younger students to the older retirees.read more
Francoise Seigle
Francoise Seigle
19:04 04 Dec 19
Very nice and friendly classes ! Lessons are very easy to follow, we repeat the steps several times, and we can progress quickly, now we just have to continue to practice ! Thanks a lot
Karolina Jaworska
Karolina Jaworska
22:11 03 Dec 19
I love coming to the dance classes. All lessons are very relaxed and friendly. You will pick up all the moves quickly even if you think you have two left feet!
Kathryn hale
Kathryn hale
18:09 20 Jul 19
My wife Kath used to do a ballroom dance class with Eric about 30 years ago. We attended the social ballroom dance at the Greenway Centre last evening with some friends & we all enjoyed ourselves. A... friendly atmosphere and a good mix of all ages & abilities. Kath says the music is still as good as all those years ago! All being well we're hoping to join a beginners class in the Autumn.read more
Domenica Hall
Domenica Hall
18:59 31 Mar 19
We really look forward to our dance class. Eric and Helia are simply the best teachers. The lessons are fun and well structured. New steps are thoroughly explained and thought, with plenty of... opportunity given to practice. We have gained so much confidence since attending the classes and it is such a lovely hobby to enjoy together. We would recommend Bristol Dance Experience to anyone .read more
Andy Rollin
Andy Rollin
17:31 21 Mar 19
Quite simply the best way to spend an evening and you learn to dance. After the 1st lesson you've already learnt some basic steps and it just grows from there after 12 lessons you can dance around 7... - 8 dances at a good standard. Each lesson is full of easy to follow instruction which is always presented in a fun and humorous style, no one is ever left out. You will not be able to wait until the next lesson.read more
Liz Altwasser
Liz Altwasser
10:48 26 Nov 18
Our experience at these classes has been brilliant! Find the concept of being totally in step together, (most of the time!) is very romantic. We also burn a few calories once we get going....... . It... is really important to practice ; it makes a huge difference!read more
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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 £15 per couple per class. You pay at the start of each class.

Do I need to come with a partner?

We would normally say no, however in the current circumstances you do need to come to a class with a partner who is in your social bubble.

Do I need to book ahead?

We would normally say no, but we currently need bookings because of government guidance.  

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.

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.

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. 

What happens in class, are there tests?

We explain and demonstrate a bar or two 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 con progress to the higher level classes the following term if they feel confident to do so.

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.

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

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