Our Answers To Your FAQs
Which dances do you teach?
We teach the 5 Ballroom dances (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz) and the 5 Latin dances (Cha cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble). We also teach Salsa and Bachata.
Are the teachers qualified and experienced?
Yes! We are a professional dance academy (see Certification & Affiliation here). All teachers are professional dancers, experienced and qualified dance teachers and DBS checked.
Can my child come and watch before they register?
A trial class pass for only £5 allows your child to enjoy a Ballroom & Latin dance class. Once enrolled, this amount is deducted from you invoice. Click here to here to book your child’s trial class pass. It would be lovely to meet you and discuss your requirements before or after the trial class.
Can we join at any time during the course/ term of classes?
Yes this is possible. Please contact us to discuss the best time for you/ your child to join a course/ term of classes.
Do children need to come with a partner to dance with?
No, this is not necessary although they can if they wish to.
Do students sit exams?
Yes – each student has the opportunity to sit exams assessed by the world’s leading dance exam body, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). We start from the introductory Social Dance Test exams and gradually progress to Pre-Bronze, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold Star medals. Students even have the opportunity to reach a competitive level and take part in ISTD Dance Competitions around the country should they wish to.
How often do exams take place?
Exams take place twice a year.
How do exams work?
The exams are assessed by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Students are assessed one at a time. Your teacher will partner up those without a partner. The examiner writes a report about the performance of each student. Each student receives the report for each dance, a Certificate, and a medal from the ISTD.
Will my child perform in shows?
Yes! Your child will have the opportunity to perform on stage and in celebrations organised by our dance academy. More info is provided during the term.
What should children wear in class?
For their trial class, girls can wear a comfy dress. Boys can wear comfy trousers and a top. Children can wear shoes with a smooth/ soft sole. For girls, hair should be away from the face, in a ponytail, braid or low bun. Going forwards, children are required to come to all classes in their uniform and Ballroom dance shoes. The class uniform and Ballroom dance shoes can be purchased from our online shop.
What should adults wear in class?
Smart casual clothing and Ballroom & Latin dance shoes. If you are a beginner, normal shoes (ideally with leather sole) are recommended. No trainers, boots or high heels. Small heel for ladies is most suitable but flat shoes are acceptable too. Ballroom dance shoes can be purchased from our online shop.
How many weeks is a term (for Kids classes)?
Are parents allowed in class?
Parents are allowed in class to watch their child’s first class only. In subsequent classes, they are invited to come in 15 minutes before the end of the class to watch what their child has learned.
Can I record my child?
Recording of the whole class/ lesson/ workshop is not permitted under any circumstances. Brief recording of your child at the end of the class is allowed in some cases, however permission needs to be granted from the dance school.
What is the age range in class (for Kids classes)?
Children are grouped according to their age and level.
I’m concerned that younger children will hinder my child’s progress in class. What would you advise?
The pace of group classes is adjusted to the general level of the class. If you feel that your child can progress faster/ can achieve more, then private lessons would be a great choice for them. Find out more here. Group classes can be used as a top up to the private lessons, so that your child doesn’t miss out on the benefits from learning in a group. Such benefits include collaboration and teamwork.
You’ve registered my child for an exam. Are they ready?
Yes! If your child is down for an exam this means the teacher feels they are ready to take the exam at the level they’ve registered them for.
How many weeks is a course (for Adult classes)?
Adult courses are normally 6-8 weeks in duration.
What if I don’t have a partner (for Adult classes)?
Not to worry! The teacher will be partnering up those without a partner. We rotate in class and so you’ll be dancing with a partner most of the time. But have in mind that practising on your own can make you a better dancer as you’re not relying on your dance partner! It also gives you the confidence to dance with anyone.
What’s the duration of each group class?
Group classes (for Kids & Adults) last for 60 mins.
What’s the duration of private lessons?
Each private lesson lasts for 60 mins.
Do you follow a syllabus?
Yes – we follow a structured studio syllabus which we review and modify constantly to suit the learning styles and progress of the students in class. Students who are sitting exams are tutored under our established ISTD programme.
If I decide to drop out from a group course, can I transfer funds to another dance service?
Funds cannot be transferred from one service to another. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions.
What if my child registers for the whole term but misses some sessions?
We offer 3 make up class passes per term. We run group classes on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, so if your child misses their regular class, they can make up for it on another day of the week. We need to be notified at least 3 days in advance of your child’s regular class (4 days if your child’s class is on a Sunday), so that we can modify the lesson plan for that day accordingly.
Do I get a refund for my child’s missed classes?
Payments are made for the whole term. No refunds are given for the sessions your child has missed. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions. If your child misses more than 3 classes, private lessons might be a better option for you. Private lessons can be arranged on the days that are most convenient to you.