Ballroom: Ballroom dancing has enjoyed a revival in recent years thanks largely to, the shows on TV. There are four main Ballroom dances; Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Tango. They are generally quite stylized and graceful dances and the most popular on the social dancing circuit. In addition to these there is also a dance called the American Smooth, which is a combination of Waltz & Foxtrot. With its lifts and spins it makes a performance dance or even a first dance at a wedding to wow the guests.
Latin American: There are five international Latin dances; Rumba, Cha cha, Jive, Samba and Paso Doble. Latin American is more upbeat, dynamic and a lot of fun. Whether it’s the kicks and flicks of a Jive, the poise of the Rumba or the bounce and flair of the Samba, the Latin American is a great way of getting the endorphins flowing and forgetting about the troubles of the day.
Argentine Tango: Argentine Tango consists of a variety of styles of dance developed in many regions and eras. It is a very dramatic and passionate dance and relies heavily on improvisation. With no strict rules in place it is a great dance for showing off your new skills learnt in the other Ballroom & Latin American dances and your love of dancing.
Sequence: There are literally hundreds of sequence dances, both Ballroom & Latin American. It is usually a combination of 8 figures danced progressively around the dance floor and repeated. This is a great way of learning some social dancing without working on particular technique. Very popular on the cruise ships!
Dance fitness: A fitness class using a combination of Latin American and some Ballroom moves. The opportunity to increase metabolism, lose weight, tone up or just have some fun while learning to dance at the same time!
Residential homes: Music and dancing are very uplifting. Whether the residents have danced all their lives or never before they are encouraged to get up and give it a go. Some of the residents have very limited mobility but can still sway in time to the music from the chair. It is great fun for them to sit and watch as the staff and residents dance around the room and learn a few moves. It is also very good for those with dementia and is encouraged as a great form of gentle exercise for the mind as well as the body.
Wedding/Civil Partnership 1st Dance: Learn to dance a Ballroom or Latin American dance to a piece of music of your choosing to entertain and wow your guests. Can be taught either at New Malden studios or in your home.
Hen Dos/Parties: Be it Salsa, Argentine Tango or Latin American, learn to dance with all your friends, either to perform at the wedding or just for a laugh! Dancing can be themed accordingly and is a great way of burning off some calories before the big day. Whether it’s a traditional white wedding, civil partnership, anniversary or henna party, have fun and get dancing!
Ballroom, Latin American and Argentine Tango dance classes
Tuesdays 8.30pm – Emmanuel Church Hall, Tolworth. (fully booked!)
Wednesdays 7-8pm & 8-9pm – St Clements School, Ewell. (fully booked)
Thursdays – Beginners/Improvers 6pm, Intermediate 7pm – Tolworth United Reformed Church.