When I started Simply Dancing Partners eleven years ago I never imagined where it would take me. My original intention was to find a way to learn to dance Ballroom myself. I tried several classes and found that the promise of plenty of partners was empty. I had two choices - give up my dream of dancing or invent something new.
I started a completely revolutionary concept - dance classes where everyone was guaranteed to dance with an experienced professional partner. My team is made up of teachers and amateur competitors who are all highly skilled dancers and who love to help my clients to learn. They are charming and patient and it is a delight to watch the wide range of ages of clients and partners enjoying a shared passion for dance.
We run regular Group classes in the evenings based in our studio very close to Marble Arch. Clients start as beginners and progress each year adding more figures and technique. There is plenty of opportunity to dance with the partners who lead expertly and make the experience unique. Every client dances throughout the lesson and receives instruction both from the teacher and their partner so that the atmosphere resembles a workshop. We now include all the Ballroom and Latin styles as well as Salsa and Argentine Tango.
This concept also works brilliantly for Men who want to learn to dance and for Couples who prefer to learn as a pair.
Many clients are now taking additional Private Lessons with the teachers and dancing has become their preferred form of exercise. Private Lessons can be taken at any time of the day or evening and at weekends to suit clients' availability and we have several studio options in Central London and in the suburbs.
On Friday mornings we run a Dance Exercise class without partners that starts with stretching and isolation exercises and then concentrates on a particular Latin dance style such as Cha Cha or Rumba so that we learn the individual steps in considerable detail and concentrates on the posture, arm movements and footwork. This class is very popular.
Clients who want to attend socials or events can engage a partner to accompany them so that they are guaranteed to dance as many times as they want. It means that our clients are the ones really enjoying the social rather than those who are sitting on the side hoping that they will eventually be noticed.
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For more information call me on 07768 760388 and speak to Jenni Kravitz
This is the 4th in a series of articles from my dear friend Kati Lurot who is the biggest fan of Simply Dancing Partners....
"Okay all you 18 to 88 year olds (you men too). Ring Jenni, arrange to meet her and watch a class. You will be amazed at the warm welcome you receive and the encouragement from both teachers and students even before you sign up to join.
You will never feel useless or embarrassed. If you can'tt keep up with a class, one of the partners will take you aside and go through everything with you separately - almost like a private lesson.
By the end of your first class, you will be able to dance a short routine in both Ballroom and Latin. By the end of your first year, you will think that you dance like a goddess (god) - I do.
Have some private lessons first if you are feeling shy.
I have tried to analyse why dancing is so satisfying and challenging. Well, first of all, very quickly your coordination improves, your flexibility improves, your memory improves (I jest not) but most importantly, you are being whisked around the floor by utterly delightful teachers and partners and made to feel incredibly graceful. Week by week your confidence grows.
SDP has, in my opinion, the best teachers and partners in London. They offer a wide range of lessons and activities - I particularly like the Technique Workshops taken by the beautiful Rafal and the monthly Social Dances.
I'm taking my Bronze Medal Exams in April (with others from the school I hope) and I will report again later.
My big news is that with my new-found confidence I am also learning a Show Dance (very privately) with the wonderful Nuno. He has choreographed a very funny dance for me where he drops me twice, I elbow him once, slap his face once and trip him up (see photo below). My original idea that I am doing all this for myself, not to perform in front of other people, is fast disappearing. I've only had 2 hours of this so far and it is challenging but huge fun. My biggest fear now is injury. I cannot imagine the future without dance - so no more football with my grandsons."
I was absolutely blown away by the final performances on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend. Having studied Ballroom and Latin for the last eleven years I know just how hard it is to execute the figures let alone deliver them with such precision and finesse. The men have an incredibly difficult job to do and it is not surprising that so few are prepared to attempt it. However, just remember the joy expressed by all the men in Strictly this year such as Danny, Ore, Rob and Ed - it is so worth it.
When I started Simply Dancing Partners it was as a result of watching the early Strictly shows. I was so keen to get out onto the dance floor and experience what the celebrities do with stylish and confident partners. The reality was a huge disappointment - several well known studios promised that there would be men in the class. In every case we were lucky to see a man let alone dance with one. The task for a man of leading a partner when he is just learning the basics is so daunting it is no wonder that so few are brave enough to do it.
I approached the issue from the perspective of a client asking the question - "what would make this better for me?" I had tried taking private lessons and this certainly satisfied my primary requirement - I was actually dancing with a man for the full length of the lesson. However, the industry standard of 45-50 minutes per lesson was simply not enough for me I was just getting to a high and enjoying myself when the teacher called a halt as my time was up.
I designed the classes at Simply Dancing Partners to give me and my clients the perfect experience. We always dance with professional partners throughout the lesson and it lasts for 1.5 hours - just long enough to learn and practice each dance style. We cover each dance for three weeks and then return to it the next term building on more figures and technique.
The men who come to our classes never have to dance with fellow clients. They only dance with our expert team members whose job is to help them learn to lead with confidence.
When we have a Social there are always enough partners to match the number of clients so that no one ends up sitting and watching and praying for someone to ask them to dance. In fact the only complaint we ever get is that our clients get tired from too much dancing on these nights!! The experience really is like being a kid in a sweet shop with so many great partners to choose from. They are all so polite and caring and want to ensure that everyone has a great time.
It does come at a premium price but we all feel that it is absolutely worth it to be the ones on the dance floor and living the dream of being whirled around by great partners - something that would normally never be experienced outside of a private lesson.
Come and join us next term whether you are a complete beginner or have been dancing for some time. You are guaranteed to love being with our team and to meet other like minded people who share your passion for dance.
Call me on 07768 760388 to find the right class for you.
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