JJ Dance Studios, FAQs


More & more people are realising what a difference dancing can make to their lives in terms of not only fitness and posture but also the energy and fun that dancing gives you. The unique benefits of such dancing are legendary and also include self confidence, rhythmic interpretation, co-ordination, and flexibility. For children there are the added benefits of social awareness, courtesy, teamwork, discipline, and respect for each other.

The Learning Curve
To some people the prospect of learning Ballroom & Latin American dancing can seem a little daunting. By coming to the dance class you will have taken the most difficult step. Whether you feel you have got two left feet or you were born to dance, we have specialist teachers & classes who will look after you so don’t worry, you’re in the hands of specialists! All you have to do is keep attending the classes!!! Persistence is the key to learning.

Eventually you will learn technique encompassing musicality, posture, body movement, & leading & following. If you are serious about any form of dancing, the skills we will be teaching you will improve your dancing in general.


There are no special clothes or footwear necessary. Just wear what is comfortable, however it is best not to wear trainers as the rubber soles stick to the floor & can make moving difficult. Smart casual is recommended at the ParkLangley Club.

Do I need a Partner?
You do not need a partner for the classes or the social night.
The Classes
All the classes are specifically structured to follow the syllabus of two of the largest dance societies in England – The United Kingdom Alliance (UKA) & The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). This helps keep continuity within Jj’s so that if you miss a dance class on one day or you wish to go to more than one dance class a week, the steps will be the same. This also helps on the Social Nights where you can practise the steps you have learnt. You don’t have to book in advance for a class – just turn up !

Should you wish you can then go on to take your medal tests (e.g. bronze, silver, gold etc) or even take up dancing competitively. If you require more information about this please do not hesitate to speak to us about it.

Ballroom & Latin American
Ballroom and Latin American dancing comprises of 10 dances, and they are divided into two disciplines:
Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango, Viennese Waltz. Latin: Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble’.

Each of these dances has what is called a basic step, this is a simple sequence of steps that is danced repeatedly through the dance.

The beginner classes are dedicated to just learning the basic step of the dances. Once you learn these basic steps, you will learn ‘variations’ & how to enhance your dancing skills.

Each dance has it’s own characterisation & rhythm or speed of music. Therefore you can’t dance a waltz to a tango. Providing the music has the right beat you can dance to pop, rap, big band, latin, etc. See you at Dance Class!!!
“Fantastic social last night. Practising for medal tests on Saturday. Great teachers. Lovely people. Thank you!!!”
Wendy Callard