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Ballroom & Latin American Dancing Classes

Cha Cha Cha — Waltz — Tango — Slow Foxtrot — Quickstep — Samba — Viennese Waltz — Jive — Rumba — Paso Doble

Serving Hertfordshire: St Albans, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City, Hitchin, Hatfield & Stevenage

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Group Lessons

Learn to dance with our choice of 9 Ballroom and Latin classes per week, catering to any ability from Absolute Beginners to Advanced.

Wedding Dance Tuition

First Dance Tuition and Choreography either in the comfort of your own home, or at a suitable venue.

Private Lessons

Private dancing lessons can take place in the comfort of your own home, or at a dance studio and can be purchased singularly or as a package.

Gift Vouchers

Why not treat your family or friends to a present in the form of Ballroom dancing lessons? Gifts can be in the form of group classes or Private/First Dance tuition.

Dance Weekends

NEW!

We periodically will run Dance Weekends where a group of dancers will travel to a destination that has a Ballroom.

Social Events

We run regular Practice Dances, Winter and Summer Social Dances, Workshops and Tea Dances through the year.

About Us

Natalia Richardson

Principal of St Albans School of Dance

St Albans School of Dance was founded in 2010 by Natalia Richardson. Natalia was born in the ex-USSR, studying Dance from the age of 7, first Ballet then Ballroom and Latin. She had training from some of Europe's leading teachers and in her early teens and won competitions throughout Eastern Europe. As a result of an International Competition Dancing, Natalia gained popularity in Germany where she took up residence. During the five years living in Freiburg, near the Swiss border, she taught many aspects of dance and represented Germany in top International Competitions. The European circuit included dancing in the UK. While living in the UK she declined partnering leading British Dancer Anton Du Beke, as it coincided with the birth of her son. Natalia now lives in Harpenden and teaches private customers, alongside group classes at her dance school, St Albans School of Dance.

Natalia graduated from University with a Pharmacy degree and is also a talented linguist, fluent in English, Russian, Spanish and German. She is also known as Natasha, which is the diminutive of Natalia in Russian. In European Dance Competitions she was known by her maiden name Natalia Voronina.

Our Group Classes

We offer 9 weekly Ballroom & Latin American dance classes, catering to a range of ability levels, from Absolute Beginners to Advanced.

Our courses are usually 12 weeks long, providing our customers with a substantial amount of tuition, which allows participants to improve their dancing and progress to a higher standard. We have three terms a year, split up into Autumn (September-December), Winter (January-April) and Summer (May-July) terms.

There is no dance dress code, but you are recommended to wear firm shoes; trainers, sandals and flip flops are not advisable. Clothing is best to be loose fitting, giving good freedom of movement. If you decide you wish to purchase a pair of dance shoes, we will gladly provide you with advice.

Twice a year, your dancing skills can be put to good use at our Summer or Winter Social Dance events, held at Harpenden Public Hall. They are nights which sometimes include live music from specialist dance bands and are always hugely popular.

Our Levels

Booking Now Open for Beginners Class
Starting January 2021!

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Beginners

Our Absolute Beginners class is intended for people with no prior Ballroom & Latin American dancing experience. By the end of the 12 week course, you will be able to lead/follow the basics of the Cha Cha Cha, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Jive.
For booking details, see below.


Beginners Plus is for those with just a term or so of Ballroom and Latin dancing experience, where you will be able to build on the fundamentals and learn extra moves in all the dances. This class also teaches an introduction to Samba and Rumba.


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Improvers

Our Improvers classes cater to dancers who are looking to make their routines more comprehensive and wish to better understand correct technique.

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Intermediates

The Intermediate levels have a heavy focus on more complicated figures and Intermediate level dancers feel at home on the dance floor with more advanced technique.

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Advanced

Our Advanced class consists of dancers with a number of years of dancing experience, who already have a good understanding of technique, and who are looking to push themselves to perfect their dancing.

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Daytime

Our weekly daytime class, is a mixed ability group lesson, suited to anyone with prior Ballroom & Latin dancing experience.

Precautions and changes to classes due to Covid-19

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a number of precautions are being taken

  • Hand sanitiser will be provided and must be used when entering and leaving classes.
  • A different entrance and exit door will be used.
  • Classes will be a couple of minutes shorter to allow for time between classes.
  • Class numbers will be more restricted than in previous terms to allow for social distancing.
  • Partnering/contact dancing is only permitted when members of the same household/support bubble attend together.
  • For those who attend classes without a partner, your current option is to attend our Contactless dancing class, which will focus on improving Latin & Ballroom technique and aims to make you a better dancer for when you return to partnered dancing.
  • Anyone who has had recent symptoms or has been in contact with somebody with Coronavirus symptoms should not attend.

Wednesday 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Beginners

by Natalia Richardson
Location: Roundwood Park School, Roundwood Park, Harpenden, AL5 3AE
Price: £129.00 for 12 weeks
Dates: 6 January 2021 - 22 March.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this class is currently only open to couples or those dancing with someone within their support bubble. If you do not have a dance partner, you can contact us to enquire about Private Lessons

Wednesday 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Absolute Beginners

by Natalia Richardson
Location: Roundwood Park School, Roundwood Park, Harpenden, AL5 3AE
Price: £110.00 for 10 weeks
Dates: 23 September 2020 - 2 December. No class on 28 October

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this class is currently only open to couples or those dancing with someone within their support bubble. If you do not have a dance partner, you can contact us to enquire about Private Lessons
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Thursday 8:45pm - 10:00pm

Beginners Plus

by Natalia Richardson
Location: Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2LX
Price: £129.00 for 12 weeks
Dates: 10 September 2020 - 3 December. No class on 29 October

This class is for couples or those dancing with someone in their support bubble only. If you do not have a partner, we suggest our Contactless class.
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Tuesday 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Improvers

by Natalia Richardson
Location: Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2RU
Price: £129.00 for 12 weeks
Dates: 8 September 2020 - 1 December. No class on 27 October

This class is for couples or those dancing with someone in their support bubble only. If you do not have a partner, we suggest our Contactless class.
CLASS FULLY BOOKED!

Tuesday 8:45pm - 10:00pm

Intermediates

by Natalia Richardson
Location: Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2RU
Price: £129.00 for 12 weeks
Dates: 8 September 2020 - 1 December. No class on 27 October

This class is for couples or those dancing with someone in their support bubble only. If you do not have a partner, we suggest our Contactless class.
CLASS FULLY BOOKED!

Thursday 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Intermediates

by Natalia Richardson
Location: Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2LX
Price: £129.00 for 12 weeks
Dates: 10 September 2020 - 3 December. No class on 29 October

This class is for couples or those dancing with someone in their support bubble only. If you do not have a partner, we suggest our Contactless class.
CLASS FULLY BOOKED!

Wednesday 8:45pm - 10:00pm

Intermediates/Advanced

by Natalia Richardson
Location: Roundwood Park School, Roundwood Park, Harpenden, AL5 3AE
Price: £129.00 for 12 weeks
Dates: 9 September 2020 - 2 December. No class on 28 October

This class is for couples or those dancing with someone in their support bubble only. If you do not have a partner, we suggest our Contactless class.
Book Class Now!

Friday 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Contactless: Mixed Ability

by Natalia Richardson
Location: Roundwood Park School, Roundwood Park, Harpenden, AL5 3AE
Price: £129.00 for 12 weeks
Dates: 11 September 2020 - 4 December. No class on 30 October

This class is not suitable for Absolute Beginners.
There will be a focus on improving Ballroom & Latin technique and the class aims to make you a better dancer for when you return to partnered dancing.
Book Class Now!

Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Daytime Class: Improvers/Intermediates

by Natalia Richardson
Location: Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2LX
Price: £108.00 for 12 weeks
Dates: 8 September 2020 - 1 December. No class on 27 October

This class is for couples or those dancing with someone in their support bubble only. If you do not have a partner, we suggest our Contactless class.
Book Class Now!

Ask Us

We are confident you will enjoy dancing with us, please call us for professional advice and recommendation on the most suitable course for you. Subject to arrangement, we are happy for potential dancers to view a lessons in progress or to try before paying for the whole term.

Wedding Dance Tuition

Our packages, detailed below, offer a great way to prepare you for the First Dance on one of the most important days of your life! No previous dancing experience is required for our packages, although if you still have plenty of time remaining before your big day, we suggest first signing up for a group Beginners class, as this will provide the rudiments for all the main Ballroom & Latin American dances. With this past experience under your belt, you will find it much easier to choose the right song and dance for your wedding.

All of our packages include full individual choreography and you are of course encouraged to choose your own song. However, we will also provide professional advice on suitable music.

Dancing lessons can take place in the comfort of your own home, or at a dance studio and can be purchased singularly or as a package.

Bookings for our packages can made below. Upon payment you will be provided with a form which will give us all the details we need to begin to choreograph your dance and finalise the lesson dates and times.

We tend to have availability throughout weekdays during the day, and at certain times during weekday evenings and at the weekend.

Whether we have to hire a hall for your tuition or have to travel to your home (within a reasonable distance) this is included in the package price.

Please note, there may be a £10 per hour surcharge if lessons can only be taken at the weekend.



Private Lessons

Private Ballroom and Latin American dance tuition.

No previous dancing experience required. An excellent alternative for those who prefer closer tuition than in group classes.

Learn to dance a variety of Ballroom and Latin dances.

Dancing lessons can take place in the comfort of your own home, or at a dance studio and can be purchased singularly or as a package.

Contact us for more information.

Gift Vouchers

Why not treat your family or friends to a fantastic present in the form of Ballroom dancing lessons?

Vouchers, as the example, are sent by email within 24 hours.

The gifts can be in the form of either private tuition or group lessons.

Private lessons include hall hire, and individual choreography.

Details on your gift recipient will be collected at the end of the payment process.

Please note, there may be a £10 per hour surcharge if lessons can only be taken at the weekend.



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