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.

Social Tea Dance Sunday 24th May 2015

Social Dancers

Learn To Dance
Sunday Social Tea Dance

WHEN: SUNDAY 24th MAY 2015

WHERE: ETON WICK VILLAGE HALL

TIME: 1.30PM-3.30PM

PRICE: £5pp
(BOOK ONLINE)

Our LearnToDance Sunday Social Tea Dances take place at Eton Wick Village Hall, Eton Wick Road, Eton Wick, SL4 6LT. 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 afternoon features a variety of Ballroom and Latin American dances and includes tea, coffee and cake.

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Beginner Foxtrot Workshop Sunday 17th May 2015

Lessons are fun

Learn To Dance
Foxtrot
Beginner Workshop

WHEN: SUNDAY 17th MAY 2015

WHERE: ETON WICK VILLAGE HALL

TIME: 1.30PM-3.30PM

PRICE: £20pp or £30 per couple
(BOOK ONLINE)

Our LearnToDance monthly beginner workshop classes take place at Eton Wick Village Hall, Eton Wick Road, Eton Wick, SL4 6LT.

Designed for beginners our monthly beginner workshops are a great way to learn the basics of a dance in a concentrated 2 hour workshop.

We look at a different dance each month. This month’s dance is the Foxtrot.

Smooth, sophisticated, elegant. All words to describe Antony, but also his favourite dance the Foxtrot. Classic Sinatra and Bobby Darin are best but Paul Anka’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is a great twist on a modern classic.

As with all LearnToDance classes and workshops a partner is not required.

2015 Dance Teacher of the Year Results

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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.

There were four shortlisted teachers from the National competition.  As many of you know, our principal and co-founder, Antony Holeksa made it onto this shortlist.Charleston00-warren-and-jane-dsc 9838

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.

00-scott-cupit-dancingAlso, 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.

00-michelle-img 5854And 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!

Waltz Master Class Sunday 11th January

learn to dance classesWHEN: SUNDAY 11th JANUARY

WHERE: ETON WICK VILLAGE HALL

TIME: 1.30pm-3.30pm

PRICE: £20pp or £30 per couple

(BOOK ONLINE)

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.

Learn To Dance Gift Vouchers

Gift CardDid you know that you can buy a variety of gift cards for Learn To Dance sessions from our online shop?

Gift vouchers are delivered via email and can be printed or sent directly to the recipient.

You can choose from our various packages for private lessons and group classes, or just select a value to present them with.

Gift vouchers are sent automatically after payment and we’ve even had students purchasing vouchers on Christmas Day!

Vouchers are valid for a year from purchase and each comes with a unique code that can be redeemed when booking online.

To purchase vouchers just visit our ONLINE SHOP, or contact us if you have any questions.

Social Night Friday 28th November

Social Dancing

WHEN: FRIDAY 28th NOVEMBER

WHERE: BURNHAM PARK HALL

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

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

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 Samba Workshops (two levels – ‘Beginner’ and ‘Improver II + Above’) beforehand at 7.30pm.

Social Night Friday 14th November

Social Dancing

WHEN: FRIDAY 14th NOVEMBER

WHERE: BURNHAM PARK HALL

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

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

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 Foxtrot Workshops (two levels – ‘Beginner’ and ‘Improver II + Above’) beforehand at 7.30pm.

Halloween Dance Social 2014

Angel and Devil

One of us is ‘Good Cop’…I wonder who…

WHEN: FRIDAY 31st OCTOBER

WHERE: BURNHAM PARK HALL

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

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

It’s that time of year again, when Antony just can’t wait for an excuse to dress up, and Emma just goes along for the ride, except this year we get to dress up a little munchkin too!

Our Halloween Dance Social will take place on Friday 31st October at Burnham Park Hall, Windsor Lane, Burnham, SL1 7HR.

Costumes are highly recommended (and appreciated) but are not compulsory.

The evening features a variety of Ballroom and Latin American dances and also has a Beginner Rumba Workshop beforehand at 7.30pm.

You can see some pictures of last year’s Halloween Social on our website

 

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.