Defibrillator Fundraising Success!

Learn To Dance 2013 SquareAfter a particularly energetic Jive & Quickstep class, with our over 50’s group on a Tuesday afternoon, we were asked [in jest] where the nearest defibrillator was.  Whilst asked jokingly this did however get us thinking…

Enquiries with Burnham Parish Council revealed that the nearest AED (Automated External Defibrillator) would be at Burnham Park Hall, around a 5 minute drive from the studio.  Whilst AEDs have been shown to double the survival rate of someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, their effectiveness reduces by around 10% for every minute delay in their usage.

Given that our studio is based within football playing fields and is a hotspot for dog walkers and joggers, we felt the benefit of having an AED outside the studio could not be overlooked if it meant the difference between life or death for someone.

Burnham Parish Council offered to pay for the installation and hosting of the external cabinet if we were able to raise enough to cover the net cost of the equipment and cabinet of £1,366.25.

We looked at a variety of options for how we might raise the funds required, and eventually decided on a fun day of dance sessions on Monday 28th May.

Any excess funds raised would then be donated to the Check Heart Appeal, a fundraising page set up to raise money for C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young), a charity close to Antony & Emma’s heart.

Check Heart LogoIn the morning we had an American Smooth workshop, a FitSteps taster and a lunchtime Tea Dance; whilst the afternoon saw ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, Bollywood and Charleston inspired workshops.

All of that did mean that Antony had to have at least 5 costume changes!

We received a number of donations, both before and after the day, from those that were unable to attend and we also held a raffle with a variety of prizes including a LearnToDance gift voucher and the top prize of a family photoshoot with Emma-Louise Walton Photography.

The raffle was closed and drawn a week later live on our Facebook Page, although we started to panic when a number of duplicate winners started being drawn (regardless of how much Antony shook and mixed up the tickets) but it evened out in the end!

Live draw of our Defibrillator Fundraising raffle

Gepostet von Learn To Dance am Dienstag, 5. Juni 2018

Between the fundraising day, raffle and donations LearnToDance raised a total of £1,855.63!

We instructed Burnham Parish Council to order the defibrillator and are pleased to announce that this has now been installed!

defibrillatorWe would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in the running/administration of the event, everyone that donated or attended the day, and Burnham Parish Council for their support.

Much appreciated,

Antony, Emma and the LearnToDance team

About LearnToDance

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.

In 2016 we moved into our own dedicated studio at the Cherry Orchard in Burnham and now offer sessions most days of the week.

About Check Heart Appeal

This has been set up to honour the memory of Ben Birch who died on the 22nd May 2013 of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (S.A.D.S).

Undiagnosed heart conditions claim at least 12 young people every week in the UK and our chosen charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young, (CRY) fights to raise awareness, support bereaved families and promote heart screening, ECG testing programmes and medical research into S.A.D.S.

Ben was 29 years old and was taken from us suddenly. There were no warning signs and we hope that raising any amount of money to help prevent other familes from suffering the loss we have suffered will be a great way to remember him.

About C-R-Y

Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds specialist referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.

About Defibrillators

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electricity which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.

Uncorrected, these cardiac conditions (ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, asystole) rapidly lead to irreversible brain damage and death, once cardiac arrest takes place. After approximately three to five minutes in cardiac arrest, irreversible brain/tissue damage may begin to occur. For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without being successfully treated (by defibrillation), the chance of survival decreases by 7 percent per minute in the first 3 minutes, and decreases by 10 percent per minute as time advances beyond ~3 minutes.

Observational studies have shown that in out of hospital cardiac arrest, public access defibrillators when used were associated with 40% median survival. When operated by non-dispatched lay first responders they have the highest likelihood of leading to survival.

Thursday Kids Classes cancelled

Unfortunately we have decided not to continue with our Thursday after-school kids classes.  They have not been as popular as we had hoped, with most kids deciding to stick with our Sunday morning classes, and it is not economical for us to keep them going.

We apologise to those that have been attending and enjoying the classes but we invite you to attend the Sunday classes if you are able.

All other classes will continue to run as normal.

Learn To Dance ‘Best for Wedding Dance Lessons 2018 – UK’

Did you know that in 2017 we were awarded Lux Magazine awards for ‘Best Dance School – Berkshire’ & ‘Best for First Dance Choreography – Home Counties’ and we have just recently found out that we have been awarded their 2018 award for ‘Best for Wedding Dance Lessons 2018 – UK’!!!

If you’re interested in receiving lessons for First Dance choreography please feel free to check out our site and get in touch.

Solo spaces for October 2018 Bournemouth Sold Out

All solo spaces for our 2018 Bournemouth dance break are now sold out.  We still have double and twin rooms available but we recommend booking sooner rather than later.

This year’s break will be covering Quickstep & Jive with a 50’s Rock’n’Roll theme to the Saturday night.

We will be at a new hotel this year, The Hotel Collingwood, and we look forward to welcoming you all back on this popular dance break.

You can book online at

Christmas Break until 4th January

Learn To Dance is now closed for Christmas and most classes will resume from 4th January (kids will be from 11th January).

For those asking about our impending, currently (21st Dec), he is still hanging in there but keep an eye on social media/email newsletters as we’ll announce the birth via these channels.

We hope you have a great Christmas and New Year and we look forward to seeing you in January.

All classes cancelled Sunday 10th December 2017

Due to the continued snow we have decided to cancel all classes and lessons on Sunday 10th December.

All classes next week will run as normal although we will take a view on a daily basis so please check back to confirm your classes are running.

Where possible we will do our best to contact attendees.

Be safe in this weather and don’t travel unless absolutely necessary!

Winter Snow Policy

What happens to private lessons and classes when it snows?

We will make a decision each morning during severe weather conditions as to whether it is safe for us, and our students, to get to and from the halls.

Should we deem it necessary to cancel classes/lessons on any given day we will contact all private lessons directly on the contact numbers you have provided us with. For classes we will announce any closure/cancellation on the news section of our website, and also via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

If we deem the weather conditions to be acceptable then lessons and classes will still run. Should you choose not to attend a pre-booked lesson, we reserve the right to charge you for this if you do not inform us in advance.

In extreme circumstances please feel free to contact us and we will take each situation into consideration.

We’re looking for Dance Teachers!

Learn To Dance LogoLearn To Dance are hiring!

We’re looking for self-employed teachers to come join the team at Learn To Dance.  Initially to provide personal tuition (individuals or couples) in Ballroom and Latin American at our studio in Burnham, Buckinghamshire.  There is also the opportunity for class work, work in schools and corporate jobs.

We are a social dance school and don’t offer competitive dancing.  Our philosophy is that anyone can learn to dance.

Our requirements:

  • Experienced in Ballroom and Latin American (required)
  • Experience in Salsa (desirable)
  • Experience in Argentine Tango (desirable)
  • Experience of other dance styles (desirable)
  • Experience of teaching wedding couples (desirable)
  • Professional teacher qualification (desirable)
  • Obtain accreditation with the NATD (desirable)
  • Be prepared to help students train for exams under the NATD
  • DBS (desirable)
  • First Aid (desirable)
  • Willingness to integrate into the social aspects of the school and get to know the students
  • Follow our guidelines and lesson plans
  • Manage your own diary of availability
  • Training can be provided

Salary and hours dependant upon experience/qualifications.

We will also consider competitive dancers looking at transitioning into teaching.  We do have particular demand for private lessons with another male teacher but we are looking for both male and female instructors.

You can choose your own hours of work but bookings cannot be guaranteed (though we will aim to promote you to our existing and future students).

Please contact us at to apply or with any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to the family.


Learn To Dance win two awards!

Learn To Dance LogoWe recently found out that we had been nominated for two categories in the 2017 Lux Magazine’s Fashion & Lifestyle Awards. First was for ‘Best for First Dance Choreography – Home Counties’ and second for ‘Best Dance School – Berkshire’.

Published quarterly, LUX informs readers on all aspects of high end lifestyle, including the finest, food and drink, hotels and resorts, health and beauty, automotive, jewellery, art and technology from around the world.

After a nail-biting few months we were given the great news that we had won, and not just one of the categories but both of them!

Nominations are anonymous so we don’t know who to thank but thank you whoever nominated us!

Argentine Tango Day with Guest Teacher

On Saturday 14th October we have guest teachers, Anthony and Sniedze Bazin, coming down to Learn To Dance to provide us with a day of Argentine Tango.

There will be a variety of workshops throughout the afternoon and then a social dance Milonga in the evening.

The format of the day will be as follows:

2pm-3.30pm Advanced/Technical workshop designed for Teachers/Advanced dancers £15pp

4pm-5pm Basic Argentine Tango
5pm-6pm Improver
6pm-7pm Intermediate

£7.50pp per session with £2.50 discount per session if staying for more than one

7.30pm-8pm ‘Mock Milonga‘ giving introduction to how a Milonga works and the etiquette involved
8pm-10pm Milonga – Argentine Tango Social


You can book the workshops and social via our online booking system or by clicking the links above.

We look forward to seeing you there, and welcoming Anthony and Sniedze to the Cherry Orchard.Anthony & Sniedze Bazin Argentine Tango Pose