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Learn to dance some of the fabulous
Ballroom & Latin dances seen on TV
‘Everybody needs to learn to dance, it’s joy, it’s such joy!’ Judge Rinder – Strictly Come Dancing 2016.
‘Everyone should go out and join a dance class, it’s the most fun in the world’ Strictly Come Dancing.
‘I never thought l could dance, it’s changed my life’ Strictly Come Dancing.
Enjoy fabulous Ballroom Dance Lessons here in
Plymouth & Kingsbridge.
Donahey’s brand new Beginners Ballroom Lessons teach a fabulous selection of the world’s most popular Ballroom & Latin dances; Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Jive, Argentine Tango, Rumba, American Smooth, Tango & many more.
Our absolute beginners dance classes are just perfect to prepare you for every social occasion; Weddings, Cruises, Dinner Dances, Holiday’s & more. Plus we hold regular social evening’s – great informal nights held exclusively for our class members to come along and practice.
Step into 2017 with our fabulous new Ballroom & Latin Beginner Dance Lessons….
Monday 8th May ’17
7pm – 8pm
Coombe Dean School
Plymstock PL9 8ES
Venue info & map
Tuesday 2nd May ’17
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Kingsbridge Community College
The South Hams TQ7 1PL
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As of today, April 25th, 2017 limited places are still available on each course, once we receive your payment your place is confirmed and you can commence your course. Payment is in 6-week consecutive blocks priced at £46 per person, starting from the first week you attend.
Remember, one of the best things about dancing is that while you’re having fun moving to music and meeting new people, you’re getting all the health benefits of a fabulous workout.
Regular dancing is great for losing weight, maintaining strong bones, improving posture & muscle strength, increasing balance and co-ordination and beating stress. It’s proven Dancing provides physical, psychological, and social benefits galore, so put on your dancing shoes and get yourself along.
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Uniquely, Donahey’s offers you the chance to catch up each week if you miss your regular class.
We teach the same dances & steps all week at both our Ballroom classes, so for example if you usually attend Monday but end up working late then you can just turn up on Tuesday and learn exactly what we taught on Monday – just perfect so you don’t miss out.
It really doesn’t matter which venue you attend, same steps, same teachers, plus you don’t even need to let us know – just turn up to one class each week and you’ll learn how to dance…easy.
If you are planning a vacation holiday during your 6-weeks just let us know in advance, and we’ll carry those weeks forward for you upto a maximum 2-weeks per 6-week block.
Dancing is a great way to build physical & mental activity into our lives; evidence shows that having an inactive lifestyle has a negative impact on our health.
The British Heart Foundation agrees that dancing is a great way to stay in shape. Regular dancing can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer. And you’ll enjoy yourself so much you’ll forget you’re exercising!
A study published in the New England Journal showed that regularly engaging in social dancing lowered the risk of dementia by a staggering 76% – Dancing showed the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied.
Regular social dancing can help prevent Alzheimer’s because you will be learning new steps and challenging your memory during each of your dance classes.
As much as physical exercise such as dancing is great for keeping the body fit, dancing can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia too.
Read more in our ‘Dancing is good for you’ article.
Below are some comments from our most recent beginners Ballroom dancing lessons;
‘Great night out and an enjoyable way to learn’
‘Can’t wait to move onto the next class’ Phil & Wendy
‘Really good teaching and an enjoyable relaxed atmosphere’
‘Best thing i have ever done’ Ian & Wendy
‘We come a long way for our beginners class & it’s worth every minute on the M60! Brilliant!’
‘Total beginner, made to feel at ease, enjoy the experience, meet new people – fun’ Cathy & Mike
‘Great fun! Great company! The dancing’s good too’
‘Love the classes, so much fun. Look forward to them every week’ Alex
‘Great value – really enjoy it’ Deon
‘It never occurred to us that the whole of Tameside was learning to dance – this is where the party’s at!! Thanks!’ Michaela & Ryan
‘Easy to follow classes with a good atmosphere, look forward to the next dances’ Vicci & Jon
‘Great fun and great teachers. Really good exercise too!’ Andy
Walk in…dance out…the fast & fun way to learn how to dance!
Can’t commit to weekly evening dance lessons?
Take a look at our fab weekend Adult Beginners Ballroom Dancing Lessons
Our Learn To Dance In A Day Workshops are also available in Berkshire, West Midlands & Manchester
Our 4-hour ballroom workshop truly offers you the ultimate fast track dance lesson – an enjoyable experience in a relaxed and social environment.
Our easygoing relaxed adult beginners Ballroom & Latin course run’s for 18 weeks altogether, and partners aren’t essential. During these weeks you’ll learn how to dance 6 Ballroom dances & 6 Latin dances. Our course is broken into 3-week segments; each covering one Ballroom & one Latin dance.
Once you’ve completed your initial 6-week pre-paid block we hope you’ll continue with your strictly dancing & sign up for the following 6-week block. Your 6-week consecutive block commences the week you begin the course. Unfortunately though, missed/lost weeks other than for vacation holidays are strictly non transferable.
Once the 18 weeks are complete, the course will then repeat itself to cover the dances for those that have joined mid-course. For those of you that are interested in reviewing the dances already learnt you are more than welcome to stay on the course, and for those that would like to extend their knowledge of the dances learnt, you may join one of our Improvers classes.
We now have available our very popular Donahey’s Ballroom & Latin dancing course companion DVD.
Featuring all 14 dances taught on our beginners course; Ballroom, Latin, Argentine Tango, American Smooth & much more all shown step-by-step, filmed at Ashton Town Hall by Paul & Amy Donahey. The DVD benefits from a full practice soundtrack, it really is a Donahey’s exclusive – your ideal practice companion.
This DVD is priced at just £25 and is exclusively available to Donahey’s members who are currently enrolled in our beginners Ballroom dancing lessons.
Mastered the basics? Our Improver Ballroom dancing lessons offer you natural progression. The classes are especially designed for those who have learnt the basic steps, building on your knowledge, developing core routines, rhythm, technique, leading & style.
We have some great Improver Ballroom dance lessons – New Dances commence;
During our Improvers dance classes we’ll focus on 4 core Ballroom & 4 core Latin dances; Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango; Cha Cha, Jive, Rumba & Samba. Plus over time we may introduce some other fab dances including; American Smooth, Argentine Tango & more into our programme – so you enjoy a great range of social dances.
During our Improver Ballroom dance lessons you’ll learn routines taught by the stars of Strictly Come Dancing at our previous Dancing With the Stars Weekends – fab social routines choreographed by the Strictly Pro’s! Usually we’ll focus on one Ballroom & one Latin dance for a 4 week period.
All our dance classes are group lessons and would not be suitable if you have previously competed, performed or taken high-grade dance examinations. All our classes are aimed at social dancers, who enjoy going out dancing.
Limited places are available on each course, once we receive your payment your place is confirmed and you can commence your course. Payment is in 6-week consecutive blocks priced at £46 per person, starting from the first week you attend.
All our courses are especially designed for beginners so don’t worry we’ll be teaching you to dance one step at a time.
Something comfortable, flattish shoes preferably not trainers. No high heels, flip flops, steel heels or toe caps please.
No, as we partner people up with our teachers, assistants and the many others who come without a partner. If you join as a group of friends, we may ask you to partner each other up – this way it’s more fun for you all & you can practice with each other when you’re out & about!
During all our dance classes, we start by teaching the steps solo, then we partner you up together, then we change partners for a short while (no one is left without a partner), then we partner you back up together.
Changing partners during class is proven to be the quickest way to improve your dancing, it makes men more positive leaders and ladies more receptive to your partner
Not least it relieves some of the pressure of dancing together if one of you is struggling, it makes the class much more fun & sociable for you, plus you both learn through dancing with our teachers, assistants & other members of the class. Trust us, it works, that’s why we do it – leaving two beginners dancing together for an hour can be extremely frustrating for both of you, and not much fun!
We can assure you though, you will always start & finish our lessons dancing & practicing with your partner.
Yes, you’ll need to reserve your place & make full course payment in advance in order to be sure of a place in our Ballroom Dancing Lessons.
Yes, our teachers are qualified with & recommended by the world’s No 1 dance organisation, the International Dance Teachers Association.
The perfect dance to get you started on the dance-floor.
Easy to pickup, this dance will have you up & dancing around the dance-floor in no time. We dance the Social Foxtrot to all the wonderful Big Band sounds. You’ll love this social dance, especially for all your Social Occasions such as Weddings & Cruises.
Robbie Williams – Swing When You’re Winning
Westlife – Allow us to be Frank
The Modern English Waltz is a slow graceful dance that glides effortlessly around the dance floor.
Characterised by graceful turns, a gentle sway and a rise and fall, once you have learnt how to dance the Waltz, you’ll really feel as though you are dancing. Waltz is one of the most popular Ballroom dances, and danced to some romantic ballads.
See The Day – Girls Aloud
Under the bridges of Paris – Shall We Dance Soundtrack
The quickest of all the Ballroom dances, a fun, lively and energetic dance – you’ll especially love the music to this dance. Combining steps from the Rhythm Foxtrot, once you’ve learnt how to dance the Quickstep, you’ll really start to get the blood pumping, plus it’s a fab dance for burning off those calories!
BBC Strictly Come Dancing Album
Robbie Williams – Putting On The Ritz & King Of The Swingers
Originally from Argentina, Tango is the dance of passion and drama. Characterised by its instantly recognisable music and staccato action, learning this dance is fun – with music to inspire you.
Ross Mitchell Ballroom Dancing
BBC Strictly Come Dancing Album
Featured on Strictly Come Dancing in the past few years, Vincent & Flavia with their flawless performances of the Argentine Tango have really brought this passionate dance to the attention of everyone. A slow dance, with some good basic steps
Marks & Spencer Argentine Tango CD
Beginners Guide to Argentine Tango
Another dance most recently featured on Strictly. We’ll teach you some nice Foxtrot based Smooth, which includes dancing in close & open hold – you’ll love the showmanship of this dance, great fun and a fab 1st Wedding Dance!
It had to be you – Harry Connick Jr
Fly me to the moon
A bright cheeky dance all the way from Cuba, Cha Cha is the most popular of the Latin dances. The energetic rhythm makes this dance a firm favourite for many dancers, once you’ve picked up the basic cha cha steps, you’ll really enjoy dancing this to many popular songs.
Pussycat Dolls – Sway to the Rhythm
Duffy – Mercy
The dance from Brazil, a bright bouncy dance with a true carnival atmosphere! The music is fab with lots of exciting rhythms, you’re sure to have plenty of fun learning how to Samba.
Gloria Estefan—Rhythm Of The Night
Hot Hot Hot
A dance floor-filler, this lively dance is always popular at special occasions, especially when the band fires up. Rock ‘n’ Roll is a slow tempo version of the Jive, with lots of great hits, you’re sure to enjoy learning this dance.
Shakin Stevens – This Old House, Oh Julie, Marie Marie
Showaddywaddy -Dancin Party
Originating from Cuba, Rumba uses many of the basic Cha Cha steps. Rumba is a slow dance often referred to as the dance of Love, some nice music can really help you learn how to Rumba.
Beyonce If I Were A Boy
Robbie Williams Something Stupid
Originating in America, Jive is a combination of Swing dance Jitterbug and Lindy hop. It’s certainly one of the fastest Latin dances with lots of energy, bounce and turns – sure to get your pulse racing!
Reet Petite Jackie Wilson
Slow Boat To China Bette Midler