Frequently Asked Questions...
What should I wear?
Anything that you can dance and have fun in! For some people that's gym and dance wear, other people are happier in a dress, and that's fine. Want to rock a full on flapper look or go-go boots? Amazing! Your class, your call.
All we ask is that you are able to move freely and comfortably, and have spare shoes to wear to protect the floor (outdoor footwear is not allowed in the studio.) Also be aware that whilst the studio might sometimes start out cool ,you are going to get warm and sweat (although we might call it 'sparkling...!') There is a reason these dances were considered the 'aerobics' of their time! Layers are really helpful, and sports bras are also worth considering for when things get a little bouncy. Please also bring a bottle of water along.
Please don't wear high heels for health and safety reasons, and I'd advise against trainers/gym shoes with a rubbery grip - you will need a smooth sole for that all-important swivel and twist.
Do I need to bring a partner?
As a solo Charleston class I don't teach partner/ 'in hold' work. If you would like to learn Lindy Hop, Jive, Swing or Rock n Roll there are already some amazing classes in Sheffield. My classes focus on solo dance styles from the 1920's and 1960's, quite often with a theatrical 'showgirl' feel.
Do I need to be fit and able to dance?
Absolutely not! I'm a firm believer that dance is for everyone, regardless of your levels of fitness and whether you know the difference between your left and right. My classes are fun and inclusive, where everyone (and every 'body') can have a giggle learning iconic dances and dance moves, with the accidental bonus of getting fitter along the way. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a firm believer in the incredible mood boosting power of shaking your thing, jiggly bits and all. The only thing you need is enthusiasm and a sense of humour!
How old do I need to be to come to classes?
My insurance covers me to teach classes to adults over the age of 16.
How much do classes costs?
Classes are booked in a ‘block’, and work out at at less than £10 per class. This includes weekly online tutorial videos to help you keep shaking your thing at home, and comes with extra perks, like priority booking and discounts on one-off workshops and social events.
If you are keen to learn new skills, get a bit fitter and spend some time prioritising 'you' it will take a little commitment over a few weeks. And let's be honest, when life gets difficult its most often the 'fun' stuff and the stuff we do for us that is the first thing we sacrifice. I really believe that when life gets busy, it's even more important to make time for you to just be you!
Are Covid 19 safety measures still in place?
Throughout the pandemic client safety has been my absolute priority. In order to offer in—person dance classes I work carefully within current guidelines outlined by the UK government and the regulatory body for dance fitness, EmdUK (https://emduk.org) If for any reason Covid 19 impacts my ability to teach class or your ability to attend we will work together to make sure no-one misses out.