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 the vocabulary of classic dance moves that have grown around this dance genre including patterned movement and traveling steps. We will also teach a short routine over the duration of the course. Each term we teach a brand new routine and content.
These classes are open to those who are new to dance and to the Charleston. The emphasis is on enjoying the very fun dance that is Charleston!
What is the Level 1.5 Course?
Our Level 1.5 course are the Vintage Musical courses which are slightly more detailed in terms of choreography.
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 1920’s 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 fitting 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 flash mobs. 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. There is a sign at the top of the mewes.
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.
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.
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