Do I need to have danced before?
Absolutely not, that's what the Beginners classes are about.
So, what's the right level for me?
- If you've got no experience of either Ballroom or Latin American, then join the Ballroom/Latin Beginners I class.
- If you've danced both Ballroom and Latin American before, and got the basics in the most popular dances (Waltz-Quickstep-Tango-Social Foxtrot-Cha Cha Cha-Rumba-Jive/Rock'n'Roll) then join the Beyond Beginner Ballroom/Latin American class.
- If you've been dancing for a few years, feel quite confident and can dance the Slow Foxtrot then you'll want to join the Improver or Intermediate class.
Do I need a partner?
This style of dancing requires couples. It's unusual for single dancers to be looking for a partner at the same time but drop me a message as you never know.
Do you switch partners around the class?
Not usually - if you've come with your partner that's who you usually want to learn with. I never do that with Beginners classes.
How many people are in a class, private lesson or wedding dance lesson?
- Classes are restricted to a maximum of 5-10 couples dependent on venue size This allows individual attention while also getting experience of dancing on a social dance floor.
- Learn to Dance in a Day workshops are restricted to 5-10 couples. This allows for individual attention while also getting experience of dancing on a social dance floor.
- Private lessons are restricted to 1-2 couples.
- Wedding Dance lessons are for the wedding couple only as the choreography is specific to the first dance.
What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable that doesn't restrict your movement - jeans are perfectly acceptable. This is a social dance class not an exercise class so you don't need to wear gym gear.
What about shoes?
Beginners don't need special shoes although you might want to buy a pair of dance shoes later if you really take to it. Try and wear a smooth-soled shoe so that your foot doesn't stick to the floor when you're turning, trainers are usually a bad idea. For ladies, wear a heel height you're comfortable with and can dance in, and shoes that give you some support - I would specifically not wear ballet pumps (too flat), wedge heels (too solid) and anything with no back (too dangerous).
Do I need to practice at home?
I don't expect you to do that, so it's entirely up to you.
How much do classes cost?
Please see the Prices page for details. Beginners courses are payable at the start of the course. Ongoing classes can be paid at the start of the month or weekly.
Do you offer any discounts?
Please see the Prices page for discounts for payments in advance. If you attend class regularly then Membership is the most cost-effective way to attend. There are no other concessions.
How do I pay?
Via a PayPal invoice if you're a new dancer.
Via BACS - bank details on monthly Cheek2Cheek Dance Lover's Guide.
In person with cash for the weekly tea dance.
Via direct debit if you're a member.
N.B. Cheques are not accepted
Please see the Prices page for further information and whether you need to pay at booking, as you go or monthly.
Where are classes held?
Regular classes are held in several locations - see the Classes page and the Find Us pages for details.
Is there a car park?
Yes, there is a free car park in all locations.
TEA DANCE :
The Green, OX13 6RR
Church Road, RG20 8LN
BYPA Village Hall
6 Manor Lane, SN8 2JE
Portway, OX12 9BX
Classes by Cathy
Northbourne C of E Primary School
Cockcroft Road, OX11 8LJ
Main Street, OX12 9ST
Baydon Road, RG17 8NU
Main Street, OX12 9ST
Ballroom/Latin start dates:
Stockcross - Mon 25 Sept 2023
Wantage - Wed 20 Sept 2023
E.Challow - Thu 28 Sep 2023
Rock'n'Roll (Swing Jive) start dates:
Baydon - Tue 31 Oct 2023
East Challow: Sun 21 Jan 2024
Sun 5 Nov : 6.15-8.15pm
Sun 15 Oct : 6.15-8.15pm
Cha Cha Cha + Rumba
Sun 7 Jan 2024 : 4.15-6.15pm
Bossa Nova + Samba
Sun 15 Oct : 4.15-6.15pm