Social Dance Classes

Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes

(Partner dances for Adults)

 

 

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!!

Where are our classes?

Our weekly adult dance classes are mainly held in Larne, Carrickfergus, Greenisland and Belfast. Plus we run occasional courses in Ballymena & Antrim. We're always open to suggestions for new areas to visit so if you think we would be welcome in your area for a 4 or 6 week course we would be happy to discuss this.

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, Rumba, Cha Cha, Paso Doble & Samba.

Most classes are run on rotation in blocks of 6 to 10 week courses.

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Do you need a partner? 

Our dance classes are social dance classes which means we are not looking at exams or competitions. Some people bring a partner, others don't. It's up to you. However we do switch partners through out the classes so even if you come with your own partner you won't be dancing with them the whole time.

Only our Tuesday morning class in Greenisland requires you to bring a partner as this is the only class where couples stay together with their own partner and don't switch.

If you're not sure about dancing with a partner yet, then try our Solo Latin Dance Fitness classes, a great stepping stone to get you into the swing of things and to test out whether you like the dancing or not.

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. 

Ballroom Dance Classes (International Standard)

In the ballroom classes Adele covers Slow Waltz, Quickstep, Slow Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz

 

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.

Social Foxtrot

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.

Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes

Stranmillis University College

(South Belfast)

 

Tuesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm 

'Swing into Jive'  - Beginners Social Jive

Next Taster Course Starts Tues 04/02/2020 - 5 Week Taster

£25 per course

 

Tuesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm 

'Strictly Stranmillis'  - Beginners Level 2 -  Ballroom & Latin

Next Term Starts Tues 11/02/2020 - 10 Week Course

£45 per course 

 

 

Thursday 11am - 12.30pm 

'Strictly Stranmillis'  - Beginners Level 2 - Ballroom & Latin

Next Term Starts Thurs 13/02/2020 - 10 Week Course

£45 per course 

You can book and pay for any course now:

University Telephone: 028 9038 1271

 

College Online Shop: 

https://eshop.stran.ac.uk/health-fitness-wellbeing-81-c.asp

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