April 2, 2011
Yes, mainly in Salzburg. The school in Salzburg I went to for three years was owned and managed by Niki Seifert and is far superior to anything I have seen in London. The classes here are going well, and our new young dance trainer Pedro has developed a good relationship with our students. The first class is more about how to do basic moves well, than a beginners class, so is useful for all levels. We have a more cosmopolitan mix and more students under forty than other schools I have visited, generally a happier atmosphere and better and more dedicated students. We have approximately equal numbers of men and women. We target dancers under fifty with some previous experience of dancing, particularly men. We do two dances for four weeks, for 4 hours every Sunday. At the end of the four weeks we arrange a social dance (which is open to all), so our students can practice the dances they've been learning in a social situation.
I manage these classes, in as much as I do the advertising and pay the rent and our teachers, who are professional, qualified and male. I set this up as I was unable to find a cheap, effective and enjoyable ballroom dance class for my own needs.
Cheap at £15 for a month course. We have two qualified and experienced male trainers plus two assistants and our teaching style leans towards social dancing rather than competition style. There's a cosmopolitan mix, the majority of students are under forty with about even numbers of men and women, there's a friendly helpful atmosphere, the students mainly change partners every five minutes during lessons and during social dancing evenings, so students don't have to bring a partner. And there's free tea and biscuits. Once a month we hold a formal dress black tie ball with a strict tempo ten piece dance orchestra. On the same Saturday, once a month, we do a four hour course for absoloute beginners - 'learn to dance in a day' and a five hour workshop for improvers. The cost for the workshop and the evening dance is only £15 , and tickets are available on line through 'we got tickets' under the name 'Black Tie Ballroom Club'. Or phone George on 020 8542 1490. George Tudor-Hart