Online Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes
Our new range of online Ballroom & Latin dance classes are delivered live through Zoom + 7 day video replay
Choose from different levels and either SOLO or PARTNERWORK classes.
LIVING ROOM FRIENDLY: all routines adapted for small spaces
SOLO classes: all routines designed to be danced on your own
4 week or 8 week progressive courses
7 day video replay - watch your classes back in your own time
A note about Partnerwork classes: We will be showing both the Leader's and the Follower's steps. We are directing this at couples or family members who live in the same household.. DO NOT be inviting a friend, family member or neighbour over to your house.. if this is not obeying the current social distancing rules!! You can still join these classes if you are on your own, you'll just have to hold an imaginary partner for now!
Solo Ballroom & Latin
4 or 5 Wk Dance
Live Broadcast Time: 2pm to 3pm each Monday (includes video provided after class)
Venue: At home, your home - this is a virtual class
FUN 4 WK COURSES.. aimed at Beginners. LIVE, online & interactive classes through Zoom
Social Cha Cha
We're holding a fun Solo Ballroom & Latin course in blocks of 4 or 5 weeks (depending on number of Mondays in the month) to introduce you to these wonderful social dances.
YOU DON'T NEED A PARTNER.. all moves can be danced on your own and we've adapted our steps to be done in the smallest of spaces.
We'll use all the basic steps & timing of these dances and some great music to teach you some short living room friendly routines.
Break up the lock down boredom, stop the social isolation (virtually) for an hour and join us to relax, have fun and learn something new.
Already know some of the basic steps? Join us any way as we put a positive spin on dancing from home and challenge yourself to learn our little living room friendly routines.
You just need to book in online through our booking system.
You can view on any device such as a Phone, Laptop, Tablet, PC etc. If you have a smart phone & smart TV you can even cast the picture up to your TV.
💰PAYMENT & ACCESS💰
£25 per person for the 4 or 5 week course
Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes Online with Stranmillis University College Belfast
September to December 2020
Due to the Covid19 situation we will be delivering all our Ballroom, Latin & Dance Fitness classes for Semester 1 at Stranmillis University College online through their learning platform Canvas.
In these courses we will spend time learning about the history of the dance, the music & of course the steps. Their fabulous online learning platform Canvas enables us to explore a more blended learning environment with Practical & Theoretical teaching.
These courses have been adjusted as follows:
Swing into Jive Solo
6 Week Course
Learn Jive from the 1940s Swing to the 1960s Rock n Roll, right up to the modern day Ballroom Jive
Strictly Stranmillis Solo (Beginners Solo Ballroom & Latin Taster)
6 Week Course (no partner needed)
Beginners Course 1: Waltz, Social Foxtrot, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba
Beginners Course 2: Social Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Paso Doble, Bachata, Jive
Strictly Stranmillis Together (Beginners Social Ballroom with a partner)
6 Week Course for 2 people able to learn together e.g. same household
Learn 1 Ballroom or 1 Latin Dance per 6 week course
Semester 1 Schedule As follows:
Monday 31.03.20 (6 weeks) 2pm to 3pm
Strictly Stranmillis Solo (Waltz, Social Foxtrot, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba)
Tuesday 01.09.20 (6 weeks) - 7pm to 8pm
Swing into Jive Solo Beginners 1
Thursday 03.09.20 (6 weeks) - 11am to 12.30pm
Strictly Stranmillis Together - Waltz
Monday 02.11.20 (6 weeks) 2pm to 3pm
Strictly Stranmillis Solo (Social Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Paso Doble, Bachata, Jive)
Tuesday 03.11.20 (6 weeks excluding 27.10.20) - 7pm to 8pm
Swing into Jive Solo Beginners 2
Thursday 05.11.20 (6 weeks excluding 29.10.20) - 11am to 12.30pm
Strictly Stranmillis Together – Cha Cha
You will need to book in online through the University's own website & receive access to your online student area.
Details available in August 2020
Weekly dance classes are a great way for you to start learning. If you're feeling a little bit apprehensive about learning to dance then don't worry, everyone feels the same.
You're probably asking yourself if you'll be the only Beginner.. well you won't be.
Maybe you're thinking you've got 2 left feet and could never learn, well we just need to find you someone with 2 right feet!
Once you've stepped through the door you'll feel most welcome, everyone in our classes is very friendly. We offer a safe, community environment which promotes social inclusion.
You'll soon make friends and get in the routine of the classes. Before long you'll be wondering why you never started before!!
What type of classes are there?
We specialise in the very popular partner dances such as Salsa, Bachata, Jive and Cha Cha along with the traditional Ballroom & Latin such as Slow Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Social Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Paso Doble & Samba.
Do you need a partner?
Our dance classes are social dance classes which means we are not looking at exams or competitions.
We offer both Switch & Non-Switch classes.
In our Switch classes some people bring a partner, others don't. It's up to you. However as we do switch partners throughout a Switch class, even if you come with your own partner you won't be dancing with them the whole time.
In our Non-Switch classes you need to come along with a partner and you will stay with them the whole time.
Ballroom Dance Classes (International Standard)
In the ballroom classes Adele covers Slow Waltz, Quickstep, Slow Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz
Latin American Dance Classes (International Latin)
In the Latin American classes Adele teaches Ballroom Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba & Ballroom Jive in addition to the Club Style Social Latin dances.
Club Style Latin American Dance Classes
In the Club Style (Social) Latin American classes Adele teaches Club Style Cha Cha, LA Style Salsa On1, Puerto Rican Style Salsa On2, Dominican Style Bachata and Bachatango.
In addition to the International Standard Ballroom dances, Adele teaches Social Foxtrot (often known as Social Rhythm) as a Beginner / Entry dance. This is a wonderfully useful and easy to learn partner dance which is a fore-runner to our main Ballroom dances. Along with the Social Jive, it is one of the most useful dances that you will be able to dance at most social functions and you can find the rhythm of Social Foxtrot in many styles of music from Swing, 70s disco, 90s dance and modern pop.. perfect for Weddings.. do not be left on the side again.. get up and join in the fun!
Social Jive Dance Classes
Adele teaches Social Triple Step Jive and Social Slow Jive.
What is Social Jive?
Social Jive has its origins in East Coast Swing (ECS) (part of the Swing family of dances made popular from the 1920s to 1940s in the USA). However Jive is the term that has been used mostly in the UK, whilst Swing is used in the USA.
The main music style from the USA in the 1930s & 1940s was Swing, played by the Big Bands of the time. As war broke out and American Bands and Troops were stationed around the world the Swing music & dancing, particularly Lindy Hop & Jitterbug gained popularity in many countries. Jive gained popularity in the 1930s as an uninhibited form of Jitterbug. Later in the 1950s the music in the USA moved towards Boogie & Rock & Roll and the dances to these music styles soon followed and have a healthy following today.
At the time Jive was considered quite vulgar, especially among more conservative countries still entrenched with Ballroom dancing and maintaining levels of decorum in social situations! However Jive was not going away. So the Ballroom world ‘adopted’ a form of East Coast Swing, standardised it and made it more ‘appropriate’ for the UK populus.
Today, Social Jive is taught with the Triple Step or Chassis (as seen in East Coast Swing & International Latin Jive) but with less emphasis on foot technique or jumping around like a mad person! The moves will seem familiar to ECS & Ballroom Jive, but with looser holds and we use both 6 and 8 counts.
For less mobile dancers we reduce the Triple Step to a Rock step and this brings the energy levels required down a bit, to enable dancers of more mature years or those with physical impairments to still participate. Both options are taught within the same class, allowing dancers to choose which pace they would like to dance at.
Social Jive is all the fun of ECS and less fussy than Ballroom Jive and allows you to just ‘have a go’ and have fun. Within 2 or 3 lessons you will know enough to get up and dance at a social function.
Many modern tracks have a Jive rhythm and we use music from the 1930s right up to present day by modern artists.