It’s January 2021 and we are in lockdown again but the good news is that we can still keep dancing together on Zoom. So many students are now enjoying dancing online, knowing that they can still see friends and take part in lessons without having to worry about public transport or other crowded places.

Last term I taught fourteen weekly group courses plus a number of wedding dance private lessons and professional tuition for trainee dance teachers completing their IDTA Associate exams. I ran two charity fundraising events (£570 raised for Cancer Research UK and over £1000 for the Mary Ward settlement) and a number of free festive events over the Christmas period. Considering the situation we find ourselves in at the moment, I’m quite proud of that – and I am very grateful to all who have supported the sessions.

Dancing online has helped keep the class communities going and having fun together

With another lockdown just announced, online learning is there to keep us dancing (or singing, drawing, exercising, studying, discussing…) and for participants it’s also a way of keeping in touch with friends from class and a way of supporting the tutors and organisations that you would like to return to face to face in the future.

Jan 2021 Programme

The three below are my private classes and are priced at just £20.00 per course (£4.00 per session pro rata) which is half price compared to studio classes as I do not need to pay for studio hire. Advance booking is required. Email emma@dted.co.uk for payment details.

Latin Line Dance – Monday 8:00-8:50am from 11th Jan for five weeks. Rise and shine with Latin Line, dancing solo versions of Latin favourites (Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo and more) designed to get you started in the morning.

Rock ‘n’ Roll – Tuesday 18:00-19:00pm from 12th Jan for five weeks. This popular class returns with a solo version of the previous Rock ‘n’ Roll (including Jive and Swing) classes at the Elephant & Castle pre-lockdown.

Gentle Freestyle Jazz – Thursday 13:30-14:30pm from 14th Jan for five weeks. This lunchtime class will be a low impact, creative take on Modern Jazz and Freestyle to a mix of popular music from across the decades.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll class will definitely take place as we have several booked already, although more are welcome. The Latin Line and the Gentle Freestyle Jazz and brand new for this term and will run providing there is sufficient interest so please book ASAP if you are interested.

Mary Ward Centre classes

I am teaching a selection of online courses for the college and the full course details (plus how to book) are available here: https://www.marywardcentre.ac.uk/courses/subject/dance/ with the following courses starting w/c 11th January.

Gentle Dance & Stretch – Tuesday 13:30-14:30pm for 12 weeks

Ballroom Dance for Improvers – Thursday 18:30-20:00pm for 12 weeks

Swing, Jive & Stroll – Saturday 10:30-11:30am for 8 weeks

I will also be teaching community outreach classes for the college in conjunction with partner centres including Castlehaven Community Association, Dragon Hall Trust, Camden Chinese Community Centre, Third Age Project and the Abbey Community Centre. If you are a member of one of these classes you will be contacted with joining information in due course, or if you belong to one of the above organisations and would like to join a class, please let the centre know.

Other Training

Private lessons are always available and still offered online at half price of a studio lesson. On the homepage you can click directly through to my dedicated sites for wedding dance lessons and professional dance teacher training. If you can’t find what you are looking for then please contact me directly with your requirements at emma@dted.co.uk