Christmas Social Friday 12th December

Fun Group Class

Christmas Dance Social 2014

WHEN: FRIDAY 12th DECEMBER

WHERE: BURNHAM PARK HALL

TIME: 8.30PM-11PM
(Tango Workshops from 7.30pm)

PRICE: £6pp
(£5 if you BOOK ONLINE in advance)

Our Christmas Dance Social will take place on Friday 12th December at Burnham Park Hall, Windsor Lane, Burnham, SL1 7HR.

Costumes are highly recommended (and appreciated) or we do ask for a red, white or green theme to your outfit in keeping with the Christmas spirit.  However this is not compulsory.

The evening features a variety of Ballroom and Latin American dances and also has Tango Workshops (two levels – ‘Beginner’ and ‘Improver II + Above’) beforehand at 7.30pm.

Antony Holeksa selected as Slough’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur Logo

Thames Valley Firm Haines Watts, Chartered Accountants, launched its search earlier in the year for their 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

The competition looks for people under the age of 35 with outstanding business talent throughout the Thames Valley, that have been running for at least a year, and can demonstrate sound financial results.

There are five regions who each select a regional winner, with those winners going forward to the Grand Final to be announced the Haines Watts Thames Valley Young Entrpreneur of the Year.

Antony heard about the competition on Twitter and applied right away, and then never thought anything of it afterwards.

Fast forward a few months and Antony, Emma and little Imogen are driving back from our Bournemouth Dance Break when Antony gets a call to be told he’d been shortlisted to the top three for the region.

A meeting at the Slough office was arranged for last Monday and Antony was required to do a 15 minute presentation to one of the Partners.  It was nerve-wracking, especially as Antony had only received the details of what was expected a couple of days before, but Antony was more than happy to talk about himself for 15 minutes straight 😉

Then began the agonising wait to find out if Antony was to become the Slough regional winner…ok the title of this post may have given away the ending but…yes!  Antony got the call on Friday to say that he was the regional winner for Slough and would be going forward to the Grand Final on Wednesday 5th November in Reading.

Antony will be up against the regional winners from the other Haines Watts offices and all of them will be presenting to a panel made up of partners from each of the offices as well as selected external entrepreneurs.

In addition to any related publicity, each winning business will receive a cash prize of £250 plus a year-long mentoring and support programme from a Partner at Haines Watts.

The winners from the local competitions will go forward to a regional final and a single winner will be announced, receiving a further £500 cash prize.

There will also be a notable business speaker on the day, who will share ideas and experiences with the finalists.

We, and we’re sure all our students too, wish Antony the best of luck.


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.

BBC Strictly 2014 Couples – our thoughts

Learn To Dance 2013 SquareSo the line-up of couples was announced on Sunday night, and with a new baby in the house we’ve only just had a chance to catch up with our recording (thanks TiVo).

In terms of the much discussed presenting pairing of Tess and Claudia, we’re all for it.  They seem to work really well together and Claudia brings a great sense of humour and wit to the show.

In case you missed it the announced couples are as follows:

Strictly 2014 Couples

Our Strictly 2014 line-up of couples

  1. Alison Hammond with Aljaz, Jake Wood with Janette, Caroline Flack with Pasha, Steve Backshall with Ola, Pixie Lott with Trent
  2. Judy Murray with Anton, Gregg Wallace with Aliona, Frankie Bridge with Kevin, Scott Mills with Joanne, Tim Wonnacott with Natalie
  3. Sunetra Sarker with Brendan, Mark Wright with Karen,Simon Webbe with Kristina, Thom Evans with Iveta,Jennifer Gibney with Tristan.

Straight after the show the BBC interviewed each of the couples for their initial reactions to the pairings, though as always we’d love to hear how some of the pro’s actually feel!

Having watched the show, and the all important first group dance, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing more from Alison Hammond, Pixie Lott (already touted by the Daily Star as a ringer), Frankie Bridge, Simon Webbe (Christmas Special participant 2011) and Thom Evans.

It will be interesting to see how Scott Mills performs as him and Jo have an obvious connection that could prove fruitful when it comes to performances, but he seems quite shy which could be a stumbling block.

Anton will have his work cut out in the initial weeks with Judy, but as a former sportswoman her competitive streak should see her put the requisite hours in.

There’s always room for a few surprises and we look forward to seeing some of the early training footage if the BBC release it like they did last year – keep checking back as we’ll update you if they do.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this year, and who should be sent to one of our LearnToDance classes to brush up before the show starts?

Brand New Classes in Maidenhead

Learn To Dance 2013 SquareLearnToDance are starting new classes in Maidenhead this week.  We have a brand new FitSteps Dance Fitness class at 7pm and Adult Beginner Ballroom and Latin American Classes at 8pm.  Our Thursday night classes will take place at Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2QB (map).

FitSteps® takes the very best of Ballroom and Latin, mixes it with the latest, proven ways to get fit FAST and deliver the most exciting, fun, fabulous fitness experience you’ve ever had.

FitSteps ClassLearnToDance Adult Ballroom and Latin American Beginner Classes are designed for complete beginners, with only a few basic steps covered per dance and you can attend either with a partner or on your own.

We cover the basics of 12 popular dances in rotation, incorporating Waltz, Rumba, Foxtrot, Samba, Tango, Jive, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Viennese Waltz, Salsa, Argentine Tango & Merengue.

Dancers enjoying themselvesOur classes are a fun and friendly way to LearnToDance and you can either pay £7.50 per week, or buy in bulk for discounts.

To book online please visit out online booking portal, we look forward to seeing you at classes soon.


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.

NEW VENUE Thursday evening classes

Learn To Dance LogoIt is with great regret that we have decided to move our Thursday night classes from our Eton venue.  Eton was the first hall we launched LearnToDance in, and has been a regular class for over 8 years now, however parking over the years has increasingly been a limiting factor and we have come to the decision to move to a venue that comes with plenty of its own parking.

From Thursday 10th July our new venue will be Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2QB.

We will continue to have a beginner class at 8pm and Improver class at 9pm, but we will also be introducing another FitSteps class at 7pm for those that might prefer a slightly earlier class than our existing Tuesday night Eton Wick class at 8.30pm.

We hope our existing Thursday night students will follow us to our new venue, but if it is a bit further out for you don’t forget we still have our Sunday night classes in Eton Wick or Mondays in Burnham.


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.

[UPDATED] Less than Half price James & Ola dance break next weekend

James & Ola Jordan[UPDATE] We have just been informed that the price has dropped to £99 per couple!

We have been sent details by Pontins Pakefield of a special offer they are currently running for the weekend of 20th June.

Pontins Pakefield EXCLUSIVE OFFER !!!

Buy one get one FREE…..ADULT ONLY BREAK

We are very pleased to be able to offer you a FANTASTIC DEAL…Strictly Comes stars James & Ola Jordan with the Lance Ellington Band comes to Pakefield on 20th June 2014 for 3 nights only.
 
……..ONLY £159.00 for 2…..Half Board in a Classic Room…AMAZING OFFER only £ 79.50 per person !!!
 
Pakefield Holiday Resort – Stunning scenery and its own private beach !!! With lots of MUST SEE & DO
 
* Henstead Exotic Garden
* Somerlyton
* The Waveney Valley
* Lowestoft 
* Halesworth Station Museum
* Southwold
* Gt Yarmouth…………………and MUCH MORE
 
Included in this FANTASTIC OFFER…Breakfast & Evening Meal.. Daily Entertainment and Dances and workshops for Ballroom, Latin, Line Dancing and Basic Sequence Dancing.
We will not be attending this particular break ourselves but please feel free to contact them at Pontins Pakefield, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7PF, Tel: 01502 502900, should you have any questions or wish to book.

Vote for LearnToDance teachers

Dance Today
Teacher Of The Year 2014

Dancing publication Dance Today are running a competition to decide their 2014 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 1st May.

The best reader nominations also win themselves a year’s subscription to Dance Today magazine.

Entries can be made via the following means:

They’ll announce the shortlisted candidates and overall winner – the teacher with the most reader votes – in their June issue. The Teacher of the Year will win a specially created Dance Today trophy – a cover of the magazine starring them, a feature about them and their studio in the magazine, and a year’s free subscription to Dance Today and sister magazine, Dancing Times, plus a pair of tickets to a dance show (details to be confirmed) and a selection of dance CDs and DVDs, as well as unprecedented bragging rights!


Antony Holeksa


Emma-Louise Holeksa


Denise Bainton

We’re a class act!

Netmums.com AwardLearnToDance voted Netmums.com favourite adult class!

A local dance school has been voted among Britain’s best in a prestigious national competition.

The LearnToDance classes scooped one of the top awards in the Classes For You competition, run by Britain’s biggest parenting site Netmums.

The UK-wide competition was launched as a chance for people running adult classes to be recognized for their hard work serving and improving the local community.

Over 1.7 million members were eligible to vote in the competition.

Class organiser Antony Holeksa, 31, was delighted to be crowned a local favourite. The ex-competitive dancer set up the school with his wife Emma-Louise in 2006 and has seen it grow from a once-a-week hobby into a full-time dance school helping hundreds of students a week to LearnToDance.

Beaming, Antony said: “When we entered the competition we never dreamed we’d be one of the winners as there are over 300 different Classes For Adults listed in East Berkshire alone!  We just want to thank everyone that voted for us.  It really means a lot.

The LearnToDance classes will now be honoured with a coveted gold listing on the Netmums site, used by over a million people each week, along with a special ‘Netmums Favourite’ certificate to display in their class. LearnToDance also wins a badge for the www.learndance.co.uk and www.want-to-dance.co.uk websites and a place on the Netmums Award Winners pages.

 Antony & Emma with their Netmums.com award

For more information, please contact Learn To Dance on info@want-to-dance.co.uk or 01753 360121 / 07736 272225

Flood warnings in Datchet

Flooded Datchet

Roads in Datchet completely underwater

Anyone that’s been following the news these last couple of days, or even looked outside, will have seen the reports of flooding in and around the Thames.

This is to reassure our students that none of our halls are currently underwater!  However please note that if you normally come through Datchet to get to our classes (for instance if you come off at Jct 5 of the M4), Datchet is completely closed off to traffic due to excessive flooding.

We recommend coming via Slough Jct 6 (up and down the relief road for our Eton venues) or Jct 7 via Dorney.

You can keep abreast of the flood updates via the Environment Agency’s website.

All of our classes are running as normal but please do not put yourself in danger, we’re awesome but we’re not awesome enough to risk your life/property for!

We hope to see you soon and our thoughts go out to our students that are living with this on a daily basis at the moment, especially the couple that sent us this picture of their driveway:

Flooded driveway