If you have any questions about our dance services, please do not hesitate to contact Elena or Fiona or see below our FAQ.

Elena Collins and Fiona Ring

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Can anyone take part in a Beginners course Level 1?

Yes, our courses are open to everyone regardless of age and level. These courses cover all the basic steps and you will learn a vocabulary of classic dance moves that have grown around this dance genre including patterned movement, traveling steps and we will teach a short routine over the course. These classes are open to those who are new to dance and the Charleston. The emphasis is on enjoying a very fun dance. Each term we teach a brand new routine and content.

What is the Level 1.5 Course?

Our Level 1.5 course has been especially designed to keep up with demand for courses in Portsmouth. Anyone is welcome to join 1.5 but the pace will be slightly quicker than a Beginners group and targeted mainly for those who have already done two courses with us and wish to progress.

What is the Improvers Course, Level 2?

Our six week Charleston and Solo Jazz is designed for you to master the more detailed and advanced 1920s Charleston and the solo jazz moves. During the six week course we will be teaching you advanced footwork, Charleston variations and a more in depth look at solo jazz steps as well as the opportunity to master a detailed choreographed routine. This course is open to those who have some dance experience or already have taken numerous Charleston courses with us.

When can I move up to level 1.5 or level 2?

We usually assess each students on a case by case basis however we recommend at least 3 Beginners courses. 

Do I need a partner?

No, our courses focus on Solo Charleston. On some courses we may do some partner work however the majority of the course focuses on solo dancing.

What shall I wear?

We recommend wearing clothes you can dance in. Ideally gym clothes or loose clothing. In terms of shoes we highly recommend shoes with a non-stick sole such as Toms, Greek Dance shoes or jazz trainers.

Tip - If you only have trainers we recommend adding some gaffer tape to help with your swivel.

What if I can't attend one week?

If you can cannot attend one week, we are happy to transfer you to a different day. For example if you can't make Monday nights at the Marina, why not come along to Tuesdays in Hove instead.

Are course refundable?

Our courses are non-refundable however they are transferable so if you can't make the 6 week course we can transfer you to a different course.

Do I get to perform?

Yes! If you are interested in performing you can get involved in our community events and our film projects we create. Previous performances include: Dance Active, Sports Relief, Bexhill Roaring 20's Festival and various flashmobs. There is no pressure to perform so you can also just enjoy coming to class

Directions and Parking at the Dance Studios

Marina Studios, Brighton


Find Marina Studios  directly behind the Palm Drive bus stop at Brighton Marina. There is FREE parking at Brighton Marina and the Number 7 bus stops directly in front of the studio.

The number 7 bus runs every 10 minutes from Hove through Brighton’s City Centre, so getting there couldn’t be easier.

Open Space Studios, Hove


The studio is down a very small mews by 64 Davigdor Road. If you are travelling from Seven Dials it is just after the zebra crossing by Montefiore Road. Go past St Mary and St Abraam Coptic Church and the mews is on the left directly opposite Preece House, a large red brick office building. Thie first session of each course, there will be signs at the top of the mews and member of the team to direct you.

There is no parking down the mews so please park in the large Wickes Car Park. You are allowed to park here for a maximum of two hours for free. If you park at Wickes, come up the car park, turn left and the mews is just a 30 second walk, on your right side before the church.

The Dance Station, Portslade


10 minutes walk from Portslade Rail Station. Follow Station Road
towards the sea, North Street is the last turning on the right, the studio is then 200 mtrs on the left hand side. 
Telephone: 07939 938565 email:info@thedancestation.co.uk

Wendy Whatling School of Dance, Seven Dials, Brighton


In the heart of Seven Dials, you will find Wendy Whatling School of Dance. Nestled down Dyke Road Mews, opposite the Cow Pub, on Dyke Road.

The number 7 bus straight past it and on street parking is available.

DanceHouse Studios, Worthing


DanceHouse Studios is based in Worthing, West Sussex and is a purpose built facility which has 3 dance studios available for dance or fitness classes.

The studio is tucked just behind the main station and there is free parking onsite.





Westgate Chapel, Lewes


Westgate Chapel is located on the main High street in Lewes and can be reached by bus, train or car.