Ballroom Dancing Lessons in Hyde, Dukinfield & Stockport
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Learn to dance the most popular Ballroom & Latin dances in our brand new beginner classes.
Donahey’s brand new Ballroom Dancing Lessons are especially for absolute beginners.
In no time at all we’ll have you dancing the Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Jive, Argentine Tango & many more – all within a nice relaxed atmosphere.
‘Everybody needs to learn to dance, it’s joy, it’s such joy!’
Dancing is one of the most beneficial exercises you can take part in, helping keep you fit & healthy. Whilst you’re moving to the music, you’re getting all the health benefits of a fabulous workout!
Donahey’s dance classes are perfect to help prepare you for upcoming social occasions such as; Weddings, Cruises, Dinner Dances, Holiday’s & much more.
So you can relax and enjoy learning to dance our beginners classes offer expert dance instruction, tailored especially for people who have never danced before – it really can be fun and enjoyable learning to dance with Donahey’s.
Brand New Beginner Ballroom Lessons
Join one of our fabulous new Ballroom & Latin Beginner Dance Classes starting next month.
Monday 28th October 2019 8pm – 9pm Dukinfield Masonic Hall Old Rd, Dukinfield, Lancashire SK16 4EN
Tuesday 29th October 2019 7.15pm – 8.15pm Hyde Town Hall Corporation St, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 1AL
Wednesday 30th October 2019 8pm – 9pm Tithe Barn Primary Mauldeth Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire SK4 3NG
As of today October 20th, 2019 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 £47 per person, starting from the first week you attend.
These lessons are great for anyone from beginners to experts. Teachers are very understanding and know exactly what their doing. Relaxed and social atmosphere. If your looking to learn ballroom dancing these are brilliant.
18:11 18 Oct 19
My husband and I decided to give the dance lessons a whirl and we absolutely love it! Relaxed atmosphere, bit of a giggle, great teachers and a lovely way to exercise and meet others. Cant speak highly enough of it. Thankyou x
20:47 15 Oct 19
The beginner's classes are ideally structured to get you into the ballroom dances. Paul is very clear and precise with his instructions and the dance team are there to help you along the way. An hour passes very quickly and you always feel you have learnt something. You will find you can't wait for next week to arrive. A friendly gathering of beginners where we are all there to learn.
14:48 12 Mar 19
Having a ball, we look forward to our class each week, the hour goes so quick , our dance instructors are very professional and very patient, we have a lot of fun , my only regret is that, l hadn't started before now , would definitely recommend it, thankyou Paul and your team x
22:12 04 Mar 19
My wife has wanted to learn to dance for years, I agreed to attend Donahey's with her but did not expect to enjoy myself so much. The instructors are great fun and obviously enjoy what they do. We are having varying degrees of success but are getting lots of support from Paul and his team. We have just signed up for our second course and fully intend to continue with this very sociable and energetic evening.
22:08 04 Mar 19
Friendly informative instruction in a good spacious environment. Easy going, helpful and knowledgeable staff. Well organized and would recommend to anyone.
21:34 04 Mar 19
We love Donaheys! My husband had never stepped foot on the dance floor in his life. After 7 months of weekly classes and a weekend away with the Strictly stars (organised by Donaheys) we were able to perform a Waltz, Tango and Cha-Cha medley at our wedding which our guests were completely amazed with. My husband also used to complain about lower back pains regularly before we started ballroom and since starting the lessons his posture has improved so that he doesn't have this trouble anymore! I came from a ballet background and have enjoyed learning the new styles of dance. The classes are good fun and we also learn a lot at a good pace and the members nights are so enjoyable too!
11:03 02 Mar 19
I’ve tried a few classes in the region over the last few years before coming to Donaheys and this is the best!! Paul’s teaching style is easy and enjoyable, venues are warm; people and heating! There are helpers to dance with singletons (not many classes do this). Keep on dancing 😀
13:59 07 Jan 19
I'm young, and I work as an engineer. No-one expects me to do ballroom dance classes, but i find it absolutely brilliant! Paul and the whole crew are always so much fun and the kindest people you will meet. If you are on the fence about it, personally I would say just give it a go and try it. It's great fun and you do learn a lot along the way!
11:22 19 Dec 18
I can't rate Donaheys highly enough, from the first lesson I was hooked. I was always reticent to take dancing lessons but my wife needed a partner so along I went and 3 years later, still loving it.Pauls relaxed teaching methods take you along gently, but before you know it you have lovely routines for all your favourite dances. You just have to look around the dance floor at all the laughing, smiling people to know your in a great place.
11:36 18 Dec 18
Joining Donahey's ballroom and latin dance classes has been the best thing we have done in recent years.Paul's classes are friendly and fun. His light-hearted and patient approach together with his expert tuition has guided us from simple beginner to more complicated routines. We now have the confidence to venture out on to the dance floor and have a really good time. Thank you Donahey's team.Rosemary and Richard
20:49 17 Dec 18
Been dancing with Donaheys since 2016 and always had a great time. We've met lots of fun people and enjoyed the dancing as well as the friendly social atmosphere. It's something we look forward to every week!
21:56 16 Dec 18
I have been attending Donaheys ballroom dance classes for several years now. Because I was a lone dancer, I initially thought I would just give it a try for a six weeks. But the classes have been so friendly, enjoyable and welcoming that, here I am many year's later, still 'giving it a go'. I would recommend Donaheys to anyone who wants to learn dance routines in a fun atmosphere.
17:02 16 Dec 18
Thinking Of trying some Ballroom Dance Lessons? Then don’t hesitate.Paul Donahey’s sessions are fun, well structured, and carried out at a sensible pace. You soon gain a sense of achievement in learning the enjoyable dance routines, and with it the bonus of a sociable atmosphere that promotes new friendships. We can highly recommend these lessons.Phil and Sally
17:23 14 Dec 18
If you are looking for a fun, friendly way to exercise and meet new friends then look no further. There is an added bonus in that you will also be taught to dance by Paul and his team in a way and at a speed that is ideal for beginers and also for those who wish to progress to a higher standard.I recomend giving it a go.
14:52 14 Dec 18
My wife dragged me kicking and screaming to our first Donahey's dance lesson a couple of years ago. I was convinced that my two left feet would make me stand out as a clod-hopping failure, and that I would be mocked and ridiculed by all involved. How wrong I was. The excellent instructors proved to be extremely professional, patient and non-judgmental, and the other students proved to be very friendly and helpful. Everyone understands what it's like to be a beginner as they have all experienced their first lesson, and they can remember how nerve- wracking it can be to walk into the dance hall on that first evening. The nerves soon disappear, and I was utterly amazed at how quickly these amazing people managed to have us dancing around the floor. The basics are taught in a fun and easily understandable way, and in no time I found I was looking forward to our weekly Donahey's sessions, as I was always keen to add a few more steps to our repertoire. While it's true that we may never become the next Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, we can live with that. However, what we have gained, is a lot of pleasure doing something together as a couple (although single people are also equally welcomed and encouraged), along with a lovely group of like minded people. If you've ever thought about dancing, don't hesitate to give Donahey's a go. After all, if you find it's not for you, you can always give it up again........although, if you're like us, you will catch the dancing bug and be in it for the long-haul.
19:57 13 Dec 18
As a Single man, I joined Donaheys Dance Classes at Plymstock School, with a view to improving my dancing for when cruising, and other occasions.In almost 12 months, I have missed only 1 class.Being single was not an issue, as a Partner is always found, and dancing with different Partners contributes to the fun.Donaheys is a well established, welcoming and friendly Dance School, with professional expert tuition in Ballroom and Latin dances.Member's Dances are held regularly at Kingsbridge, giving the opportunity for further tuition, practice and socialising with new friends.If you want to take it to the next level, Dancing with the Stars Weekends, which include Strictly Professionals, receive rave reviews, and is on my " To do list ".Oh, and for those of you wondering why I missed a lesson - England were playing in the World Cup !.
14:15 13 Dec 18
It was such a pleasure to find dance classes in our area, for them to be comprehensive, thorough and also great fun with a lovely mix of Strictly style music. The teaching style is very clear and encouraging, while dancing with both your partner and others in the group makes you realise we all have the same struggles with tricky bits. It is very sociable across a broad age range and that is helped by members dances a couple of times a term. In fact I wish they were more often in order to practice the new learning. Once you have conquered the basics you never get bored, because each time a dance block is revisited a new little sequence is learnt - just wish I could remember them all.Also Paul organises the most fabulous "Strictly" weekends with the Strictly professionals tutoring classes and presenting showcase dances, full on and up close. We never would have thought of going to anything other than a standard theatre performance previously.
17:36 12 Dec 18
This is like having your own strictly journey. We’ve made some wonderful friends to share the experience of learning all the ballroom and Latin dances. Paul teaches dance in a way that is easy to pick up and no matter how uncoordinated one might be everyone will get a little bit closer to the strictly stars through these lessons.
19:53 11 Dec 18
The dance lessons provided by Donahey's are excellent fun! You do not need a partner to attend, and they offer group dance lessons from beginners to advanced. Furthermore, the instructors are excellent, friendly, and throw in a lot of good light hearted chat. You really can't go wrong in attending Donahey's lessons for fun on a week night!Lessons are 1 hr in duration. Over a 3-4 week period you will focus on learning, or developing your skills, on two dance types, one ballroom and one latin. Once the 3-4 week set of sessions is complete, you will move on to learning, or developing your skills, on two new dance types. In addition, between lessons, you have the opportunity to learn a line dance or two.If you are attending the lessons as a single person, then no worries. Not only do a lot of singles attend the classes, but it is standard practice for the instructors to rotate partners around the group every few minutes. This helps to ensure that you don't pick up and maintain any bad practices, plus emphasizes the social nature of the lesson. Plus, as there are always several instructors and assistants present, you can easily get help on something that you are stuck on.The lessons are held very much in a social, friendly atmosphere. Come and try. You are sure to have a great time, while learning a new skill.
15:29 11 Dec 18
We started Dancing with Donaheys in Hyde back in April 2018. Never danced before but the class's are fun and friendly. We all make mistakes and we all laugh its a great achievement when we master the steps of the dances. really recommend the class to anyone
14:10 11 Dec 18
Thanks to Paul’s friendly and knowledgable technique my wife and I were immediately hooked into the world of dancing. We are now starting into our 5th year attending Donaheys dance lessons and have enjoyed every moment. Starting with trepidation, as absolute beginners, we were gently lead on to learn more advanced steps. The mixture of ballroom and latin seems to cover all bases. The friendly atmosphere and sensitive teaching encourages us now to learn new routines each month. What a joy to have a window into the world of Strictly Come Dancing on our doorstep. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
14:01 11 Dec 18
Three years ago I was able to shuffle around the dance floor/ballroom but never felt proud of my efforts. After Pam and I have attended the Donaheys Ballroom lessons all has changed, not only are we able to confidently dance Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Tango but we have also been taught 4 Latin dances and a host of others including Rock and Roll, and Jive.At the start of this festive season we are learning the Viennese Waltz.Although retired we are now able to keep up with many of the younger couples who attend - there is no doubt that my fitness has improved dramatically.Thanks to Paul and the Team for the fun of the lessons and the enjoyment of the Social evenings.
13:55 11 Dec 18
Donahey’s dance lessons are great fun and ideal for beginners and then improvers when you are ready to learn more complicated steps. The beginner classes are relaxed and friendly and are perfect for an introduction to ballroom and Latin dances plus they are great fun. Paul and the rest of the team take the time to ensure that everyone enjoys the lessons and it is surprising how quickly the dancing bug gets you.
13:45 11 Dec 18
Since joining dance class at the Donaheys dance school I have benefitted from their professional and friendly tuition, leaning numerous dance techniques and styles. Definitely recommend joining for not only dance but it’s society great fun and a good way to keeping fit.
13:44 11 Dec 18
I have been attending Donaheys with my partner for over a year now since my partner bought me a learn to dance in a day experience. I absolutely love the variety of dances we learn and Paul is such a friendly person and a great deal of fun. We often hear all the inside gossip of the strictly pros after their strictly Donaheys weekends which we are very keen to attend after our wedding! Want to learn ballroom? Then get down to Donaheys!
13:06 11 Dec 18
Me and my fiancé have been attending Donaghey's for a year and a half. We absolutely love our lessons here, we always have so much fun and highly recommend them to anybody who wants to learn to dance as a couple. The teachers are fantastic, full of knowledge and always make you feel warm and welcome. We particularly love the social nights which provide a fantastic opportunity to practise the dance routines we've learned and they are a great opportunity to socialise with the friends you make within the classes.
20:46 08 Jun 18
Thoroughly enjoying our Ballroom and Latin dance lessons at Donaheys. Great tuition, great fun and we have made some lovely new friends. Looking forward to the next social evening.
22:33 05 Jun 18
My wife found Donaheys when they first started in the south hams, this was after many failed attempts. to be honest Paul was the last attempt. From the very first night it just clicked. Paul has such an enthralling way to teaching that you just can't help but smile even when your feet won't work. We have so much to thank Donaheys for, going that first night was one of the best things we have ever done. If your remotely thinking about dancing then come along you will love it! Thank you Paul and thank you Donaheys
21:44 21 Mar 18
Having never danced before I was a bit apprehensive about joining Paul's classes but now, a few months on, I love every minute. He has taught me the basics of ballroom dances, he has teachers on hand to observe and step in and offer advice as we dance. People thought I would be shy of admitting that I am taking dance lessons (as a retired ship captain) but I am so proud of what I have learnt and will recommend it to everyone.
10:04 20 Mar 18
Learn to Ballroom Dance with Donahey’s
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.
Dancing is good for your body & mind…
Speaking on the link between mental health and dance, Kate Silverton reveals “I now realise how addictive dance is… the endorphin levels, it reduces cortisol. It just makes you feel good to be alive and you are getting fit, what’s not to love?” Kate Silverton Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on GMB show Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Great flexibility – 3 Ballroom Classes a week to choose from…
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 all 3 of our weekly Ballroom lessons, so for example if you usually attend Monday but end up working late then you can just turn up on Tuesday or Wednesday and learn exactly what we taught on Monday – just perfect so you don’t miss out – especially with 3 Ballroom classes a week to choose from.
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.
We find many customers regularly take advantage of our weekly crossover facility – having flexibility to be able to switch between any of our classes is really beneficial and unique to Donahey’s Dance School.
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.
Locations of Donahey’s Ballroom Dance Classes
Dancing is good for you
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!
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
Learn to Dance in a Day in Manchester
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 Dance Lessons
In our 4-hour Saturday workshop you’ll receive expert tuition in some of the world’s most popular Ballroom & Latin dances.
In no time at all we’ll have you dancing the Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha & Jive – all within a nice relaxed atmosphere.
Our weekend Ballroom Dancing Lessons are especially designed with the absolute beginner in mind.
We’ll teach you all the steps in a relaxed & enjoyable way, plus with limited numbers in our exclusive venue this workshop is great to help prepare you for up-coming social occasions such as Weddings, Cruises, Dinner Dances, or as a simple introduction to dancing.
Saturday 23rd November 2019, 11am – 3.30pm Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha & Jive Dukinfield Masonic Hall, Cheshire SK16 4EN – Jct 23 M60
Saturday 25th January 2020, 11am – 3.30pm Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha & Jive Dukinfield Town Hall, Cheshire SK16 4LA – Jct 23 M60
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.
Ballroom & Latin Dancing Course Companion DVD
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.
Improver & Intermediate Ballroom Dancing Lessons
Mastered the basics?
We have some great Improver & Intermediate weekly Ballroom Dancing lessons.
These classes offer you natural progression from our beginners programme, the classes are especially designed for those who have learnt to dance the basic steps, building on your knowledge, developing core routines, rhythm, leading & style. New dances commence;
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!
Do you change partners during the dance classes?
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.
Which Ballroom Dances will I learn how to dance?
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.
Music Suggestions; 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.
Music Suggestions; 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!
Music Suggestions; 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 sharp staccato action, learning this dance is fun – with music to inspire you.
Music Suggestions; 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
Music Suggestions; 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!
Music Suggestions; It had to be you – Harry Connick Jr Fly me to the moon
Which Latin Dances will I learn how to dance?
Cha Cha Cha
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.
Music Suggestions; Pussycat Dolls – Sway to the Rhythm Duffy – Mercy
The carnival dance from Brazil, a bright bouncy dance with a true carnival atmosphere! The music is fab with lots of exciting rhythms plus it’s sure to get the blood circulating & may even burn off some calories. You’re sure to have plenty of fun learning how to Samba.
Music Suggestions; Gloria Estefan—Rhythm Of The Night Hot Hot Hot
Rock ‘n’ Roll
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.
Music Suggestions; 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.
Music Suggestions; 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!
Music Suggestions; Reet Petite Jackie Wilson Slow Boat To China Bette Midler