Partner Dancing is good for you!!

May 31st, 2014

I’ve always known that dancing is good for you – it keeps you fit, gets you out of the house and socialising, keeps your brain active by having to remember steps, helps with flexibility, strength, posture, produces the happy hormones and burns loads of calories. What is not to love?!

And now it seems that people are catching on to this – Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe have started their new dance workout class called FitSteps (which we teach on a Tuesday morning at our dance studio by the way, little plug!) BUT you cannot beat the real thing of dancing with a partner  – and here are some articles proving what all my ballroom couples will tell you, Ballroom Dancing is fun AND good for you!

http://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/exercises/4-exercise-benefits-of-ballroom-dancing-with-a-partner.html

Not just for brides & grooms

May 27th, 2014

It’s definitely wedding season – the number of enquiries and dance lessons booked in have significantly risen recently. But also on the rise are enquiries from parents of the bride and groom who want to dance at their children’s weddings. It stands to reason really – my parents don’t dance together and they are (sorry Mum & Dad!!) almost 70yrs old. They grew up in the 60s when partner dancing was still around, but on the decline. Any couples who courted in the 40s and 50s would have danced together a lot and they are now grandparents of the bride and groom. I think it’s great that parents want to learn to dance together – there’s no shame in not being able to dance. They just came from a generation when the music and culture didn’t support ‘going dancing’.

Everything goes through stages, I think it’s time to bring back partner dancing to Friday and Saturday nights out.

Foxtrot & Cha-Cha-Cha Ballroom Course starting soon…

May 15th, 2014

Our last 8-week Ballroom course before the summer holidays will be starting soon.

For all you budding dancing couples out there our Foxtrot & Cha-Cha-Cha course will be starting on Thursday 19th June – Beginners at 7.30pm and Improvers at 8.30pm. £50 per person for the 8 weeks / £100 per couple for the 8 weeks.

We have places for 10 couples only so it’s first come first served!

Ballroom 2014

January 1st, 2014

BALLROOM in 2014 at First Dance Studios!

This year, we are changing our Ballroom courses – just slightly! (Don’t panic!) We are now running 8-week courses that cover two ballroom dances per course (one Traditional & one Latin) to make sure that we really master the moves before moving on to the next one!

You can choose to be either a Beginner or Improver for each course – you don’t have to stay on the same level throughout the year.

In addition, we are also offering the odd 4-week specialist courses that focus on one dance only.

  • Please make sure you BOOK YOUR PLACE on each course by adding your name to the sign-up sheet at the studio or sending us an email
  • Places are limited to 10 couples max per course
  • No partner is necessary for any class or course, but it does help!
  • 8 week courses = £50 per person / 4 week courses = £25 per person
  • Beginners are at 7.30pm / Improvers are at 8.30pm

DATES FOR 2014

9th January – 30th January – ARGENTINE TANGO (4 weeks)

20th February – 10th April – WALTZ & JIVE (8 weeks)

24th April – 12th June – QUICKSTEP & RUMBA (8 weeks)

19th June – 7th August – FOXTROT & CHA-CHA-CHA

18th September – 6th November – TANGO & SAMBA

13th November – 4th December – SALSA

11th December – XMAS BALL!

Changing Styles of First Dances

September 20th, 2013

After having to write some text for a bridal magazine recently, I thought it would be a good idea to do a bit of research and have a look back at the stats and see how things have changed for us as a First Dance company over the years. And what I found really surprised me.

When we started in 2002, the trend was to just do anything apart from sway awkwardly. No-one was familiar with the concept of learning a First Dance, or even learning how to dance – the embarrassed shuffles was just part of every wedding I had ever been to. Then, in 2005 You Tube was created and everything changed! Comedy dances, take-offs of popular dances, parodies, the ‘start off slow and go into something no-one was expecting’ dance craze went mad. All inspired by couples in the US.

However, recently we have noticed a shift in what couples want from a first dance. Now that people EXPECT a First Dance, the majority of couples now want to go the other way and just dance properly! No-one wants to go back to awkward days of impersonating a couple of teenagers at the end of a school disco, but most people now want to shy away from a choreographed routine – which makes it look a bit ‘staged’. Natural, off-the-cuff dancing is what most couples want now – just so long as they don’t trip over and look good!

But we all know what happens with fashion – it will always come back into vogue at some point. It’ll be interesting to see when the comedy surprise dance makes a come-back onto the wedding dance floor…

Back on the Wedding Fayre scene!

September 3rd, 2013

A few years back we stopped attending wedding fayres for various reasons, but mainly because of the rising costs of exhibiting. We’re aware that the cost of planning a wedding has kept rising, but we’ve been anxious to keep our prices down and we’re happy to say we have kept our prices EXACTLY the same since we started in 2002! However, it has meant that we’ve had to cut back in other areas – i.e. advertising. However, after a lovely conversation with a very understanding wedding fayre co-ordinator, we have been coaxed back into ‘doing’ Wedding Fayres! So we will be at the Oatlands Park Hotel Wedding Fayre on Sunday 20th October! Flasks of tea and cake at the ready…

Website updates finally underway!

June 27th, 2013

OK, so after about 4 years of promising to change our First Dance Studios (sister company that teaches just adult dance classes) I have finally achieved said target! Which means I am now free to update this website now – so apologies if you have been looking and realised that the most up to date information was from 2010…
So the new studios website is now live and looking amazing – www.firstdancestudios.co.uk – check it out.
And my time can now be spent updating this one and and the studios one – hooray!

Ballroom Courses 2013

June 27th, 2013

BALLROOM in 2013 at First Dance Studios!

This year, we are continuing our popular 6-week courses that cover two ballroom dances per course (one Traditional & one Latin) to make sure that we really master the moves before moving on to the next one!

You can choose to be either a Beginner or Improver for each course – you don’t have to stay on the same level throughout the year.

In addition, we are also offering 4-week specialist courses that focus on one dance only.

  • Please make sure you BOOK YOUR PLACE on each course by adding your name to the sign-up sheet at the studio or sending us an email
  • Places are limited to 10 couples max per course
  • No partner is necessary for any class or course, but it does help!
  • 6 week courses = £35 per person / 4 week courses = £25 per person
  • Beginners are at 7.30pm / Improvers are at 8.30pm

DATES FOR 2013

17th January – 21st February – WALTZ & JIVE

28th February – 21st March – ARGENTINE TANGO

4th April – 9th May – QUICKSTEP & CHA CHA CHA

23rd May – 13th June – ARGENTINE TANGO

20th June – 25th July – FOXTROT & RUMBA

5th September – 26th September – ARGENTINE TANGO

3rd October – 7th November – TANGO & SAMBA

14th November – 5th December – SALSA