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St Albans School of Dance News

Suspension of the Dance Term

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, I have today had to make the decision to suspend the current term in the interests of avoiding the creation of the close person-to-person contact which is part of Ballroom Dancing. This, alongside the more personal matter of living with my elderly mother, makes me feel that continuing with classes is, as it stands, simply not worth the risk.

Given the extraordinary circumstances, I hope this news is not too much of a shock to you all, and I would like to offer my sincere apologies to dancers who were hoping to continue with the term. I must also add that there is the high likelihood that some of the venues I use are likely to soon limit use or close entirely.

As there are 3 weeks remaining in this term for all classes, I will of course make arrangements for alternative classes to be run when it is safe to do so. Additionally, the upcoming Weekender may have to be postponed.

Booking is still open online for the Summer Term, but I am aware that there is the possibility that next term will also be disrupted. Again, I will make sure that arrangements are made so that once things return to normal, all classes are made up.

For those booked to join our Dance Weekend in May, the event is currently due to go ahead as planned, but clearly there is the unfortunate prospect that this will also have to be postponed. I will provide more updates as soon as I have them.

Once again, I am sorry to perhaps disappoint you, but I feel that this is the best decision I can make given the exceptional situation in which we all find ourselves. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to a point in hopefully the not-too-distant future when I can update you all with good news about when classes will resume!

Summer Term 2020 Classes now open for bookings

All our Summer term group lessons are now available for booking online. Classes will all commence in the week beginning 20th April, including our new 12 week Beginners Ballroom & Latin class which will run on Thursdays at Park Hall, Harpenden.

Friday Beginners class starting 31st January 2020

A new 9 week Beginners class starting on 31st January is now available to book. This follows the the 12 week Absolute Beginner class becoming full and being closed for new bookings. This new Friday class will cost £99 per person.

Beginners starting 9th January 2020

Our 12 week Absolute Beginner class is now available to book. Early booking advised to avoid disappointment! This 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.

Summer Social & Autumn Term 2019

Tickets for our Summer Social on Saturday 27th July are now available to buy online, and bookings can now be made for Autumn Term classes commencing in September 2019, which includes an Absolute Beginners class on Thursday evenings.

Tickets for the Social are £16 per person and the doors will begin at 7:30pm. The event will be held at Harpenden Public Hall. A welcome drink will be provided, but do feel free to bring your own.

Tickets for the event can also be purchased during lessons. Availability will be limited.

Summer Term & Tea Dance

Our Summer 2019 term begins on Tuesday 23rd April. Owing to the Easter Bank Holiday, Monday classes will begin the following week on 29th April. We will be holding a Welcome Back Tea Dance that will take place on Sunday 28th April at Roundwood Park School.

The Tea Dance will have the same format as the one held in March, meaning there will be a pre-Tea Dance workshop starting at 3pm. This 30-minute period is intended for anyone who would appreciate going over the fundamental steps of key dances right before the tea dance starts.

The main Tea Dance, starting at 3:30pm, will consist of around 50 minutes of dancing, followed by a 20-minute tea break, before a second 50-minute period of dancing.

If you book in advance, the price for the Tea Dance is £11.50 per person, and payments can be made here. You can also pay on the day for £12.50 per person. If you’d like to attend both the Workshop and the Tea Dance, the cost is £14 per person in advance and £15 on the day.

If you don’t have a regular partner, and wish to attend, please let me know so we can make arrangements. Please also let me know if you have any dietary requirements.

New April 2019 Beginners Class

All our Summer Term classes are now available to book, including our 12 week Beginner class. Early booking advised to avoid disappointment!

New April 2019 Beginners Class

Our next Absolute Beginners group class starts in April. Book now to avoid disappointment!

January 2019 Beginners Class

Our Ballroom & Latin American Beginners class starting in January 2019 is filling up fast. Book now to avoid disappointment!

January 2019 Beginners Class booking now open!

Booking is now open for our Absolute Beginners class starting in January 2019! The course costs £125 per person for 12 weeks, and will run on Mondays at Woollams between 8:45pm and 10pm, and starts on 7th January. Owing to the popularity of Strictly Come Dancing, our January term is extremely popular and class numbers are limited.

Autumn Term Booking Now Closed

Booking for our 12 week Autumn Term Beginners class is now closed. Details of our Absolute Beginners class starting in January 2019 will be available in the forthcoming weeks. To register your interest and to be notified as soon as details are available, please click here.

Autumn Term Booking

Our Autumn Term of group Ballroom & Latin American dancing classes begins on Tuesday 4th September 2018, with Monday classes starting the following week on 10th September. Our Beginner class will take place on Thursdays at Harpenden Park Hall.

Summer Social & Autumn Term Booking

Tickets for our Summer Social on Saturday 14th July are now available to buy online, and bookings can now be made for Autumn Term classes commencing in September 2018, which includes an Absolute Beginners class on Thursday evenings.

Tickets for the Social are £15 per person and the doors will open at 7:30pm for an 8pm start. The venue, Woollams, has a large car park and a big floor. A welcome drink will be provided, but do feel free to bring your own.

Tickets for the event can also be purchased during lessons. Availability will be limited.

Thanks to those of you who have already paid for next term's classes. If you have any potentially interested friends or family, please do let them know about our Absolute Beginners class starting in September. In line with hall hire inflation, there has been a slight price increase for the 12 week term.

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