Learn To Ballroom Dance In A Day - Manchester, Birmingham, Reading & Bristol
Walk in…dance out a fast & fun way to learn to dance!
Can’t commit to weekly evening dance lessons? Take a look at our fabulous 1-day Ballroom Dancing Lessons held in Manchester, Solihull, Reading & Bristol.
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.
Our Dance In A Day workshop make’s a perfect gift for someone special.
We teach; Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha & Jive at all our workshops, they take place between 11am – 3.30pm
Saturday 25th January 2020 Dukinfield Town Hall King St, Dukinfield, Cheshire SK16 4LA – Jct 23 M60
Saturday 15th February 2020 Loddon Hall Loddon Hall Rd, Twyford, Reading RG10 9JA
Saturday 22nd February 2020 Landrover Sports & Social Club Billsmore Green, Solihull B92 9LN
Saturday 21st March 2020 The Greenway Centre Doncaster Rd, Bristol BS10 5PY
As of today, December 7th, 2019 there are places remaining on all our Ballroom Dancing Lessons. Course notes are included, practice at home DVD’s are available for sale during your workshop.
Our 1-day ballroom dancing lessons offer you the ultimate fast track dance lesson – an enjoyable experience in a relaxed and social environment.
Love the beginners course. Attended on my own so have been partnered by the teacher - really enjoying it. For someone who has always loved dance since being a child I'm loving learning the basics all over again. Friendly and relaxed group would highly recommend even if your solo.
10:20 10 Nov 19
First came to Donahey's 4 years ago, and never looked back! Very professional, friendly instructors who can help you improve and above all enjoy your dancing no matter what level you are at. Well organised, full of friendly people to dance and socialise with, and most importantly you can stay up to date with all the "Strictly" gossip! I'd recommend these evenings to everyone. 💃👍
20:28 05 Nov 19
Exceptional teaching and so much fun!
16:38 29 Oct 19
Great teaching methods progressively encourage learning to dance to up to the minute music, at the same time as making new friends.. we have always felt encouraged plus the dance weekends with the Strictly stars are fabulous.
23:12 24 Oct 19
Amazingly good fun and something I really look forward to each week. I was simply looking for a healthy New Year's resolution that didn't sound utterly dire, and now I'm hooked on dancing! I'd never danced before but Paul and his wonderful team are brilliant at explaining and encouraging. I'm on my own but felt welcomed and never lack a dance partner. If you're looking to have fun, meet new people and even have a bit of a workout I thoroughly recommend signing up.
17:53 24 Oct 19
A wonderful way to learn. We smile throughout our lessons and it is addictive! A very kind and knowledgeable team. A great way to meet new friends and you dont necessarily need a partner. Also a great way to get and stay fit. Highly recommended!
08:22 24 Oct 19
Superb way to learn ballroom (and Latin/Jive/rock and roll etc...) progressing from 2 left feet and the rhythmic ability of a deaf sloth to Strictly-ready superstars in as long or as short a time as you dare. Great tuition from infinitely patient teachers. If you’re thinking of signing up, stop thinking and start dancing 🙂
22:04 23 Oct 19
These classes are F A B U L O U S ! Easy to understand, especially for a 'Dad Dancer' such as me. Funny, interesting but always great instruction in Ballroom & Latin Dances Paul & his team teach excellent classes, always a highlight to our week.
11:46 23 Oct 19
We have been saying for years that we would like to learn to dance properly and when the chance came through a friend we decided to give it a go.So pleased we did as we have had a 'ball', brilliant teachers, friendly atmosphere and exercise that's fun.Everyone gets tuition alone the way from the professionals in a positive way encouraging us to enjoy the evening whatever the mistakes ! Mondays cannot come around quick enough, love it. Linda & Colin
08:24 23 Oct 19
Dragged my husband along as I wanted to learn to dance but now he enjoys it as much as I do! Really relaxed atmosphere and great fun as well as brilliant teaching. Definitely recommend it.
11:21 22 Oct 19
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
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Below are some comments from our most recent beginners Ballroom dancing lessons;
‘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
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’ve never danced before, is this suitable?
Absolutely, all our Learn To Dance In A Day workshops are especially designed for beginners so don’t worry we’ll be teaching you to dance one step at a time.
What shall I wear?
We recommend wearing something comfortable & light for your workshop.
Suitable footwear with a non-slip sole should be worn; For gents we advise leather soled shoes. For ladies, footwear with a low heel and a fairly smooth sole.
Regular sport trainers are not advised as they tend to stick to the floor, strictly no high heel or stilettos, sandals, sling backs, flip flops, steel toe-caps or barefeet.
Do I need a Partner for this dance class?
No, as we partner people up with our teachers, assistants and any 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 your 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 4 hours could 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.
How long does the one-day Ballroom Dancing Lessons last?
Do i need to pre-register?
Yes, you’ll need to reserve your place & make full payment in advance in order to be sure of a place.
Shall I bring refreshments?
Dukinfield Town Hall, Loddon Hall, Greenway Centre Yes, please bring along your own refreshments and lunch to your workshop.
Landrover Club, Solihull The bar at The Landrover club will be open from 10.30am offering for purchase hot & cold drinks & sandwiches, jugs/glasses of water will also be available. We recommend pre-ordering sandwiches at the bar for our 1pm lunch. The venue kindly requests participants refrain from bringing drinks & food onto the premises.
What if I need to cancel?
Due to limited places available on our workshops, once booked your booking is non refundable or transferable, cancellation for whatever reason will result in loss of monies paid. We are always happy to offer a complimentary name change on your booking, however we are unable to offer transfers or refunds.
Which Ballroom Dances could 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
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.
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
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
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 could 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
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 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
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