Learn like the celebrities on Strictly
The only school to guarantee professional dance partners for every client throughout the lesson. Based in the West End W1H 5AU.
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If you live in London and are inspired by “Strictly” to learn some Ballroom and Latin dance moves. Let me share my experience with you.I am a mature but active retired lady and discovered Simply Dancing Partners nearly 10.5 years ago. I have been attending for 1.5 hours a week ever since. I am now up to Gold Standard and going strong.Their unique feature of providing a team of professional partners enables us to work at our own pace and ability level. The teachers and partners who dance with us are all charming, friendly and patient.It’s a marvellous way to keep active and engage both brain and body at any age. My recommendation is that you get in touch with Simply Dancing Partners without delay and try a group or private lesson. I guarantee that you will love it.
Dancing with a professional partner makes all the difference in a learning curve and the partners here are the best. They help and encourage. For an innovative business that is catering to a growing need, Simply Dancing Partners is leading the field.Dancing is the most wonderful joyful thing in the world. It’s fun, it’s highly therapeutic, it’s fantastic exercise and it’s strongly encouraged by my doctors for optimum health.Simply Dancing Partners provides amazing young men (and gorgeous girls for the men) as partners for Ballroom and Latin American dance lessons. There are beginners and advanced classes so everyone can go at their own pace and dancing with professional dancers makes for a hugely enjoyable experience.The joy of a really good dance can last me all week! Try it with Simply Dancing Partners and you could change your life!
Jenni’s team are very patient and highly professional instructors who have personally choreographed a First Dance ideally suited to our ability and choice of song, highly recommended indeed! I’ve learnt so much over the past couple of years attending Latin and Ballroom classes. Thoroughly enjoyable and so wonderful tohave partners who are patient and fun! And it’s great to be learning something new after a hard day’s work and then let the dance work some therapeutic magic. The salsa classes are energetic giving you plenty of moves to try out in real salsa clubs without feeling self-conscious!
I was a bit scared at my first class, I’d always wanted to learn a dance but it’s scary going along on your own the first time. Will I be useless and embarrass myself / trip up my partner? Will everyone else be much younger than me and super fit? Will it be embarrassing getting up close and personal with a dance partner???I think I’m in my 9th year now and that hour and a half class is the highlight of every week. Now I can actually do it I wonder even more at the patience of my early partners, not to mention their strength as they hauled me round the dance floor. But then they’re still being patient as our teacher continues to stretch us with new choreography and step combinations. And in the course of the lesson my ‘I can’t do this’ invariably turns into ‘I love this!’ Other things to recommend Simply Dancing Partners, we have a laugh, I’ve made some great friends, the boys we dance with are amazing and my legs have never been in better shape! Go on you know you want to!
Simply Dancing Partners is the most wonderful dance concept. I can not imagine learning to dance any other way. With a professional dance partner for each session helping and encouraging you through each step, you can progress swiftly and with confidence - every lesson is just joyful. Genius!!!!!
What a fantastic experience. I have been coming to SDP since its inception and it just gets better. Not only have I been able to learn ballroom and latin to a competent level with this unique fast track learning process, but can enjoy going to social events to show off my skills and have fun. Simply Dancing Partners is the only school to go to if you want to look good on the dance floor!
I have been going to SDP’s Ballroom and Latin classes for four years now and they still haven’t lost their magic. I had previously attended a number of other dance schools, both in the UK and Australia, and as much as I always loved the dancing, that great partner to dance with every class could sometimes be a bit elusive. At SDP, you get to dance with a professional which has completely revolutionised the experience for me in the best possible way. Gone are those Monday blues as I know that at 7 o’clock, I will be having a fantastic time dancing. The teaching is of an extremely high standard and a number of sequences we do are the same as those done on Strictly Come Dancing, great if you are a huge fan like I am! The best part however are the wonderful friendships that I have made with the incredible people in my class. I know we will now be friends for life! I urge anyone to be brave and give these classes a try. I promise you, you won’t regret it!
Well, I joined because I’ve always wanted to learn Ballroom dancing. I chose Simply Dancing Partners because you seemed the most professional and reasonably priced within my catchment area of the City. The classes are well run, friendly and not pressured. The professional partners are always polite and eager to help you learn at a pace that suits you. I always look forward to every lesson and feel great every time I leave.I would recommend Simply Dancing Partners to anyonewho is thinking about learning Ballroom and Latin, with the unique course and lesson structure you won’t find a better place to learn.There simply is nothing like Ballroom dancing and I’m now completely addicted.
I have always had an interest in music but considered dance something that I had missed out on since I had always played either sport or music. However, once I got to a age where team sports were in the past and going to the gym was pretty boring and anti-social, I plucked up courage and spoke to Jenni who explained that, given an excellent teacher and an experienced partner, I would stand a much better chance of learning to dance in a Simply Dancing Partners class. (If you don’t know, the male leads his partner around the floor in Bballroom and Latin dances.)Three years on, I would recommend SDP to any man who would like to learn to dance. The teaching is excellent and, as Jenni said, the experienced partner means that, as soon as you know what you are doing, your partner is with you and able to give you some tips along the way.As well as learning a new skill, it is a great way to stay fit with the added social element of meeting both others in your group (who are all of the same ability as yourself) and all of the excellent partners.Apart from the nerve racking first minute I spent going into a dance shop to buy my first pair of dance shoes (although even the people in the shop were very friendly and encouraging), I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute I have spent learning to dance.
I found the thought of learning to dance Ballroom and Latin excruciating, which I suspect is a common problem for men with an English cultural background. All sorts of weird attitudes denigrate this beautiful art form, many of which I fear are welded into my DNA. But it is an experience that I sense can be exquisitely enjoyable and I have tried for years to find a place to learn to dance properly, attending many different classes both group and private. When my daughter’s wedding was planned I thought I would have one more go at conquering the ridiculous (but real) nerves and pain experienced with dancing. I found Simply Dancing Partners and rather reluctantly forced myself through the door on the first evening. However, my experience has been a delight from day one when I was introduced to my inspiring dancing partner and given lessons with a group of other motivated dancers under the direction of an experienced teacher. Come the day of the wedding I had made enough progress to thoroughly enjoy dancing with anyone and everyone.In my view, Ballroom or Latin dancing is not a simple skill and I have given myself a 3 year window – I like to think of it as an apprenticeship – to achieve a basic level of competence. Simply Dancing Partners is an ideal place for me because there will always be someone to dance with. Although I am totally happy with my charming dancing partner, when she is not available there are always enthusiastic dancers keen to dance with me.
Every week I look forward to my dancing lesson at Simply Dancing Partners. The teachers and professional dancers are excellent and they encourage me to learn to dance with confidence. Dancing at first was an interested but now it’s a passion of mine. I strongly recommend you should sign up to a class at Simply Dancing Partners. I can guarantee you will have fun!
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