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St Albans School of Dance News

Spring Term 2021 Beginners Class

Booking is now open for our Beginners class starting in January 2021 and payments can be made online now! Due to the continuing pandemic, we will continue to take the precautions outlined and restrict class sizes to aid social distancing. Dancing lessons can make a great Christmas gift. You can easily gift the Beginners class on our website and receive a gift voucher within 24 hours.

Classes Suspended from Thursday

In accordance with the Government's announcement and new rules, I will be temporarily suspending classes and lessons from Thursday 5th November 2020 until 2nd December 2020. With cases still relatively low in this area, I have decided that this week's Tuesday and Wednesday classes will continue as normal. However, if you would rather not attend, I entirely understand. Please kindly let me know and I will add an additional week of credit to your file.

I hope that classes can resume following the proposed loosening of restrictions on 2nd December. I plan to make up for most of the missed weeks of this term by the end of the year. Any classes that cannot be made up will be provided to you as a credit for next term.

All being well, I look forward to being able to resume lessons next month, and in the meantime, stay safe!

Classes Continue as Normal

The new restrictions brought into force this week do not affect our classes as they all take place within "Covid-secure" venues that follow all government guidelines. I very much appreciate everyone's cooperation in ensuring that our dance classes are a safe environment during these times.

Whilst I realise that wearing face coverings during classes may take some time to get used to, I am grateful that everyone wore masks last week. I certainly do look forward to a time when we can all once again safely dance with our faces entirely visible.

Autumn Term 2020

After a difficult 5-months for all of us, I am finally very pleased to be able to announce the opening of bookings for our Autumn Term, starting the week beginning 7th September, which includes an 12 week Absolute Beginners class, starting on Wednesday 9th September.

There will be a number of changes to this term's classes:

Temporarily, there will be no Monday classes due to difficulties in finding a hall.

Classes will be a couple of minutes shorter to allow for time between sessions.

Class numbers will be more restricted than in previous terms to allow for social distancing.

Additionally, we will be following a number of other precautionary measures, which are available to view here.

Dancers who normally come without a partner or someone from their support bubble, will currently only be able to attend our new Contactless class. This class will focus on improving Ballroom & Latin technique and aims to make you a better dancer for when you return to partnered dancing.

With restrictions on class numbers, if demand is high, there is a possibility that an additional Friday evening class may be scheduled, although this is not a certainty, so please book your space for the Autumn Term ASAP to avoid disappointment!

August Catch-up Classes: Dates and Times

I am pleased to let you know that I have scheduled the a number of weekly classes for August. As 3 weeks remained of the previous term when lessons were suspended, those with remaining weeks can attend any 4 of these 50-minute classes free of charge.

If you do not have credits leftover (e.g. those who attended the Tuesday lunchtime class), you can attend any class (if there is remaining space) for £10 per person.

I’d like to clarify that the reason for having daytime classes during August is because of difficulties in finding halls that can accommodate evening events this month. Only from September do halls plan to be open more-or-less as normal.

Each individual class will only allow a maximum of 10 couples. All classes will take place at The Fowden Hall at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden (more location/parking information on our website - see below).

Beginners/Improvers (couples/support bubble members only)
Mondays at 12pm: 10th, 17th, 24th
Fridays at 1pm: 14th, 21st, 28th

Improvers/Intermediates (couples/support bubble members only)
Thursdays at 12pm: 13th, 20th, 27th
Friday at 2pm: 21st

Intermediates/Advanced (couples/support bubble members only)
Mondays at 1pm: 10th, 17th, 24th
Thursday at 1pm: 20th

Contactless - Mixed Ability (designed for those without a dance partner)
Fridays at 12pm: 14th, 21st, 28th
Thursday at 1pm: 27th

Based on your survey responses, I have ensured there will be enough space to accommodate everyone. However, to ensure each individual class maintains social distancing, you must reserve your place in each class online prior to the lesson. Some dates are likely to fill up, so if you would like space in your desired class and day of the week, please reserve your spaces now! Each individual class/date is treated independently, so each of your 4 lessons must be reserved separately. For couples, please ensure that only one of you registers online for the class. A link with further details, including the precautions we will be taking and the reservation facility is below:

August 2020 Bookings

During August, I will also be offering Private Lessons, with most of my available slots on Wednesdays at the Dance Studio at Roundwood Park School. Further details about this and how to book are also available in the link above.

I will provide further details about the term starting in September over the coming weeks.

Our Plan for August Dance Classes

I hope you are all keeping safe in these difficult times. I am pleased to say I have some positive news regarding dance classes. As you may have heard, as of yesterday (25th July) the Government is now allowing dance classes to resume.

When I had to suspend classes in March, there were 3 weeks remaining of that term. I am pleased to say that for the month of August, I have managed to secure hall access during the day, Monday to Friday. I would therefore propose to offer 4 weeks’ worth of 50-minute lunchtime classes to make up for these outstanding lessons.

With more people working from home, I am hoping that some of you may be able to take a slightly extended lunch break in order to participate.

I propose to run as many classes as necessary to meet demand and to ensure class sizes are restricted. The following additional safety precautions will be in place:


- Hand sanitiser will be provided and must be used when entering and leaving classes.
- A different entrance and exit door will be used.
- To maintain social distancing between couples, we will be adapting our teaching and focusing on dances that do not require too much travelling around the room.
- Partnering/contact dancing is only permitted when members of the same household/support bubble attend together.
- For those who attend classes without a partner, I hope to run a separate class specifically to cater for contactless dancing, with special Latin & Ballroom choreography and dance routines.
- You will need to sign in and sign out of the venues as part of the NHS Test & Trace service. I will provide further details about this closer to the time.

Anyone who has had recent symptoms or has been in contact with somebody with Coronavirus symptoms should not attend.

The Government’s current guidelines suggest that face coverings need not be worn while exercising. However, in the interests of mitigating potential spread, I would strongly welcome their use by those who do not have any trouble breathing.

Separately during August, I also plan to offer private lessons between 10am and 4pm on weekdays. For more information about this please email me.

Finally, I plan to offer a 12-week Autumn Term starting in the first week of September and I hope to be able to provide further information about this in the next couple of weeks.

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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