The morning FitSteps, and daytime private lessons are unaffected.
We look forward to seeing you again next week, if not before.
Classes resume from Tuesday 7th April.
We hope you have a great Easter and we look forward to seeing you again next week.
Don’t forget if you need to work off all those Easter Eggs all our FitSteps Dance Fitness classes are running as normal next week.
Last night saw the first public announcing (previous year’s have just announced the winner in the magazine) of the winner of Dance Today magazine’s 2015 Dance Teacher of the Year.
The results were announced at a special Gala Night being held at Blackpool Tower, considered by many to be the home of Ballroom Dancing.
Joining Antony were Ballroom and Latin teachers Warren and Jane Bullock (pictured left), who have represented the UK in major competitions around the globe and featured in numerous British, European and World finals, run a large dance school, Zig Zag Dance Factory, in the Midlands.
Also, Strictly Come Dancing‘s assistant Charleston choreographer Scott Cupit (pictured right) moved to London in 2009 to open Swing Patrol London, which now runs classes and weekly social dances in venues all over the capital and last year received investment from Deborah Meaden on Dragons’ Den to spread the love for swing further afield.
And finally, Michelle Moss (pictured left) has run the Michelle Moss School of Performing Arts, in Stoke-on-Trent, for 14 years. She teaches ballet and tap and many of her students now train at the Royal Ballet School, the Hammond and Northern Ballet, to name but a few.
The evening kicked off with a workshop run by Warren & Jane Bullock, covering a simple but elegant line sequence for Foxtrot and a fiesty Cha Cha step. We then had general dancing first to recorded music and then later, from the iconic Ross Mitchell Orchestra.
After a cabaret from some rising stars it was time to announce the winner.
Nicola Rayner, the editor of Dance Today magazine, took to the stage and gave a brief bio of each of the shortlisted teachers before passing to Ross Mitchell to announce the winner.
The winner of the 2015 Dance Today Dance Teacher of the Year is Scott Cupit from Swing Patrol London. You can read the full announcement on the Dance Today website.
Whilst Antony was obviously disappointed not to have won, the achievement of a second consecutive shortlisting, in such a big national competition is an amazing result and we can’t thank our student and their friends and families enough for all the votes they placed.
This was apparently the closest year of the competition and we congratulate Scott on his win. Not only is he a really great guy but Antony & Emma have been to a Swing Patrol workshop a few years ago (back when they had spare time!) and thoroughly enjoyed it.
We look forward to the 2016 competition and another chance to go for the title!
Just a reminder that there are no kids classes on Sunday 29th March or 5th April, classes will resume following the Easter Break on Sunday 12th April.
The winner of this year’s competition will be announced at a special Gala event at Blackpool Tower on Saturday 28th March 2015 from 6.30pm.
The evening features music and singing from Ross Mitchell, his band, and singers as well as demonstrations and workshops.
Tickets for the event are £12 per person. We are currently getting quotes for hotels but they will possibly be in the region of £50 including breakfast.
Quotes for coach travel can be arranged if enough students are interested.
Booking details will be released this week once we have confirmed prices and availability.
LearnToDance is a Ballroom and Latin American Dance School run by husband and wife team Antony & Emma-Louise Holeksa and has been running since 2006. Classes for all levels and ages, and personal tuition, take place throughout the week, as well as dance breaks and private events.
A reminder for those that haven’t been recently, our Wednesday night classes are moving back to our Eton Wick venue .
We will be bringing our Intermediate class forward to 8.45pm and removing Technique from the schedule.
We look forward to seeing you at classes, but if you have any questions please let us know.
Dancing publication Dance Today are running a competition to decide their 2015 Dance Teacher Of The Year.
To vote for any of our teachers at LearnToDance all you have to do is send your chosen teacher’s name, along with an explanation of why you’d love to see your teacher win, to Dance Today by Thursday 6th March.
We’d really love it if everyone could vote for ANTONY HOLEKSA so that we pool our votes and hopefully get LearnToDance to the top spot this year.
Entries can be made via the following means:
Post to The Dancing Times Limited, 45-47 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0EB
The gala evening on March 28 will include music by the fabulous Ross Mitchell, His Band and Singers, Young Champions in Cabaret, Learn and Improve sessions with hosts and teachers Warren Bullock and Jane Phillips, and Philip Wylie and Christine Parsons, and the announcement of the Dance Today Teacher of the Year.
Tickets cost £12 in advance, £15 on the door (subject to availability) so please let us know if you’d be interested in attending, we will get quotes for transport and/or hotel accommodation if enough people are interested.
Our LearnToDance monthly master classes take place at Eton Wick Village Hall, Eton Wick Road, Eton Wick, SL4 6LT.
Designed for experienced dancers these look at adding more complicated steps or sequences to the dance being taught and are a great way to expand your repertoire of steps.
As with all LearnToDance classes and workshops a partner is not required.
Our regular LearnToDance social nights take place at Burnham Park Hall, Windsor Lane, Burnham, SL1 7HR. They’re a great opportunity to come along and practice the steps you’ve been learning, as well as meet other dancers and make friends.
The evening features a variety of Ballroom and Latin American dances and also has Jive Workshops (two levels – ‘Beginner’ and ‘Improver II + Above’) beforehand at 7.30pm.
Learn To Dance will be closed over the Christmas period and classes will resume from Monday 5th January.
We hope you have a great Christmas and New Year and we’ll see you soon.