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We are delighted to announce that from Monday 1st November Salsa classes will be running every Monday at the top floor function room at the Imperial Sports Ground (used to be known as South Bristol Sports Centre).

There have been a number of changes not least the venue and day we run classes. Sadly, due to the effects of the lockdowns because of Covid have had an effect on the club and with the virus still very much present in all our lives this will ultimately have an effect on the numbers of customers we see come through our doors. Although we hope our many loyal supporters will still be able to come and join us it does mean that until things improve, we cannot run our normal 6 classes on an evening, and this has led to us having to lose our wonderful higher-level teacher Alex Fright for the

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Current update - 8th September 2021

We hope you are all doing well.

As much as we love dancing and passing that on to others, we have been very aware of the health and well-being of ourselves and our students.

We are meeting up at the end of September to discuss the way forward, and we will update you as soon as decisions have been made and we know more.

Updates and announcements will be made in due course in the newsletter, on here and on Facebook.

 

Update - 1st May 2021

It’s been over a year since we held our last “in person” salsa classes in Knowle and entered the first lockdown shortly after.

So, to give you a quick update – we are still all here; Clare, Andy, Alex, Wayne and Bill. We, like most people, are all waiting for things to get back to something

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We have beginners salsa courses starting directly after every 8-week course has concluded, so you never have to wait too long. We will take new students with little or no experience up to week 3; just let us know, and you can come in for a quick catch-up before the main class. After this time, we may only take on new students for the current running course if you've had previous dance experience.

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We're taking a well-earned break over the Christmas and New Year holidays, but will be back in January with new classes and ready to burn off those calories!

Closure and opening dates are below - we hope to see you all in the New Year!

Thursday 12th December 2019 - Last class of the year (class party)

Thursday 19th December 2019 - CLOSED
Thursday 26th December 2019 - CLOSED
Thursday 2nd January 2020 - CLOSED
Thursday 9th January 2020 - Open as normal for new classes and courses

We return with the usual five levels of salsa - and back by popular demand, our first 8-week "non-salsa" dance course of the year with Alex will be Bachata-Tango!

Save your space(s) and book online now!

Theodore Roosevelt once said that “Nothing worth having comes easy” – I’ll expand on that slightly by saying “nothing worthwhile comes easy”.

This is true of learning how to dance.

There are a few, lucky, people out there who pick up the art of dance naturally and breeze through to greatness without blinking an eye (or so it seems). However, for the rest of us mere mortals, we have to work at it.

For me, learning to dance (starting with salsa) has potentially been the best decision I made – I have made many good friends and have a decent social life, I even have my current job through the connections I have made from learning to dance.

The people you meet are wide-ranging, are friendly, open and welcoming.

But to get to the point where you can start getting the most out of dancing through

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Thursday 15th August 2019

Our current venue at St Gerard Majella is having the floor refurbished so we are moving back to the Hungerford Community Centre in Hungerford Road on the 15th of August. We expect this will be just for one week. 

Apart from this venue change all times and formats for classes remain the same.

The Hungerford Community Centre & Social Club
Hungerford Road
Brislington
Bristol
BS4 5EX

Please see the venue page for more information.

We have beginners salsa courses starting directly after every 8-week course has concluded, so you never have to wait too long. We will take new students with little or no experience up to week 3; just let us know and you can come in for a quick catch-up before the main class. After this time, we may only take on new students for the current running course if you've had previous dance experience.

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The holiday season is fast approaching, so to help you prepare, these are our close & opening dates for 2018/2019.

Thursday 13th December 2018 - Last class of the year (class party)
Thursday 20th December 2018 - CLOSED
Thursday 27th December 2018 - CLOSED
Thursday 3rd January 2019 - CLOSED
Thursday 10th January 2019
 - Open as normal with a new set of courses, including Bachata-Tango with Alex Fright

We will return with the usual courses and classes - book your places now to ensure your spaces!

Updated 28th August 2018:

From Thursday the 6th September, we will be at St Gerard Majella Church hall on the Knowle/Brislington/Hengrove border, until further notice. Unfortunately, due to a long-term booking, we will no longer have access to the Hungerford Community Centre on a Thursday evening after our last class there on the 30th of August.

The hall's main entrance is located in Buller Road, just off of Talbot Hill and is a 1 mile, 5 minute drive from the South Bristol Sports Centre. It is also located approximately just a 6 minute walk from the Broadwalk bus stops on the A37. 

All classes, start times, and prices will remain the same.

Please see the venue page here for address and more details.

 

Updated 26th August 2018:

You may have heard that our long-time weekly venue; South Bristol Sports Centre, had a major fire and suffered severe damage to the gym

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At the beginning of the month, we had to close due to the Beast from the East showering us with heavy snow and blowing in icy winds causing many places including South Bristol Sports Centre to close! We haven't had to close our doors since 2010 again which was due to heavy snow and icy conditions.

Although it was only for that one week, I sure did miss my friendly, funny students and having a few dances. Thankfully round 2 of Beast from the East this week missed our Thursday evenings, so I'm very relieved not to be missing everyone and keeping myself fit and warm!

Why -Who – Where – When -Cost – contact – any genre

Nothing will advance your dancing quicker than taking private lessons with a qualified teacher. There are many reasons for taking such lessons, and these can include preparation for a competition; advancing your social dance skills, focusing on a specific technique such as turns & spins, maybe you want to learn the first dance for your wedding, or maybe you want a corporate day.

One of the best things about private lessons is you can often dictate where and when you want them. If the first teacher you contact isn’t available as and when you want them, simply find another that can. Like most things in life, teachers are different. You might remember your school days when you had a preference of teachers, weren’t those classes more fun and didn’t you learn more. Well, it’s the same with dancing,

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dancing and confidenceOne thing that separates a good dancer from a great dancer is confidence.

You may feel confident in some areas of your life, but less so in others. So, you might be a confident runner or a confident cook, yet you lack confidence when talking to strangers on the phone. A lack of confidence can lead to a fear of failing, or you might doubt yourself. When this happens, negative thoughts might pop into your mind, and you might worry that you’re not good enough - or that people will think badly of you.

Regarding dancing, do you ever worry you aren’t good enough, or people are watching you? Do you hold back for fear of looking foolish? If so, these are signs you could be lacking in confidence.

It’s important to note: Everybody has their ups-and-downs, days when we feel more confident than others, even when dealing with similar

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This is a guest post by Laura Pile. Check out her blog at www.letssway.co.uk

Two summers ago, whilst dealing with a pretty tough breakup I convinced a friend to grab her passport and come on a spontaneous adventure to Spain and Portugal. After so many amazing experiences, the one that truly captured my heart and set my soul alive came in the early hours of the morning in Barcelona. One evening, unplanned and unexpected we found ourselves in the backstreets of Barcelona which were strung as far as the eye could see with colourful lights and lanterns, crowded with people and filled with the sound of what would turn out to be Salsa! Before I knew it, I was asked to dance and clumsily tried to follow the lead of a beaming Catalonian. I didn’t know what I was doing and it was all I could do not to stand

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