NEW TIMETABLE FOR 2015 - Beginners Class will now start at 7.00pm, if you have one of my old flyers it will say 7.30pm
NEW TIMETABLE FOR 2016 - Beginners Stage I will be for 1 hour from 7.00pm £5.00. Improvers will start at 8.00pm. Advanced class is now on Friday's, please contact me for details.
At A Glance Headlines
- Information about Classes in Lee On Solent
- Read all About Us at Fun2dance
- Check out the Schedule of dances each week
- View the Photo Gallery
- Want a Private Lesson for a party, works do or hen night?
- Need to Contact Us?
- Have a question? Find the answer here FAQ's
- Read some of the Reviews Fun2dance has received.
- Want to buy some dance shoes, interested in some social dancing, want to go on a dance break, or local Strictly Shows 2016 then check out the Links page.
- Interested in the History of Ballroom & Latin then scroll down to the bottom of this page
Apr - May 2018 Schedule
Lee on Solent Community Centre, Twyford Drive, Lee on Solent
Ballroom and Latin Dancing
Fun2dance Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes in Lee On Solent, Gosport.
Have you got the Strictly bug? Do you want to learn the Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Samba, Paso Doble & Salsa? in a Fun & Friendly environment. Classes for Absolute Beginners, Recent Beginners as well as Improvers. At Fun2dance we have a class that will suit every level whether you have never danced before and are complete beginners or have some dance experience, even those with 2 left feet, we will teach you to have one left one and one right one!! Want to learn more about each dance then scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find an explanation about each dance.
Dancing is a very socialable activity, much more FUN than
going to a gym and you will learn a skill for life. It's like riding a bike, once you've learnt it - you'll never forget. At Fun2dance we teach social dancing (not competition dancing), so there is no pressure. Soon you will be able to get up on any dance floor whether at a wedding, a tea dance, on a cruise or at a social dance. Although it is possible to take medal tests if you want to. Fun2dance's philosophy is that dancing should be FUN, it doesn't matter if you are not the best dancer, as long as you are enjoying yourself, it doesn't matter if you go wrong, as no one is judging you. Join in and have a go, that is what it is all about. People learn at different rates, some people take a lot longer than
others, we will help everybody. As well as the dance classes we have a number of social dances throughtout the year when you will have the chance to get your sparkly outfits out of the wardrobe, dress up and put into practice the steps you have learnt. We always play a few games too, to get everyone up on the dance floor and joining in together.
Please click here to view the Classes page for information on where & when the classes are and how much they cost. You will find a schedule of what dances we are teaching each week on the Calendar page. Also view the Calendar for poosible closures, especially on Bank Holiday weeks and 3 times a year we cannot use the hall in Lee on Solent due to it being used by the Blood Donors. But don't worry you won't have to keep checking the website, as when you sign up for my classes you can opt in to receive a monthly email which will contain all the information you need for the forth coming 2 months. If you have a question please check first the FAQ page to see if you can find the answer there, if not please use the Contact page to email or phone me.
Our classes will teach you what you need to know in order to get around on the dance floor, or if you prefer to have your very own Private Lesson, which will be structured at your level and go at your pace, then please contact Eileen for more information.
Always fancied learning to dance but don't have a partner
and so thought it was impossible - well come along to Fun2dance as No Partners required as we all dance together. Couples also welcome and you can
either change partners or dance together. If you are unsure if our classes are for you then please read some of the comments we receive from our dancers on the Reviews page.
Dance for pleasure and you will LOVE it forever.
The History of Ballroom & Latin Dancing
The Ballroom Dances
The Waltz, Quickstep & Foxtrot started after the first World War (1914 to 1918) but there wasn't any standard figures, so in 1920 Mr Philip Richardson called a conference of ballroom teachers which resulted in standardising a minimum number of figures. The development continued throughout the 1920's and 1930's and this became known as the Modern Ballroom Dancing and technique was implemented. In 1923 the Waltz was standardised with a closing of the feet on the 3rd beat of the bar with a controlled Rise and Fall and the figueation was danced in a diagonal pattern round the room. All 4 of the ballroom dances had further research and a complete revision in 1948 and again in 1976. The Waltz has 3/4 timing.
The Quickstep was orginally known as the Onestep.
In the 1920's the chasse was retained in the quicker version of the Foxtrot and renamed the Quickstep. The dance figuration was based on the closed turns of the Waltz and the open turns of the Foxtrot. The brightness of the music was portrayed in the variety of choreography in the dance. The Quickstep has 4/4 timing and is counted in Slow's and Quick's.
During the 1920's the chasse was eliminated from the slower version of the Foxtrot. The Foxtrot was now based on four standard figures:- The Walk, Three Step, Natural Turn and Reverse Open Turn. The development of this dance concentrated on the classical style with flurent continuity and control of movement over the dance floor. The Foxtrot also has 4/4 timing and is counted in Slow's and Quick's.
The Ballroom Tango (not to be confused with the Argentine Tango). As Len Goodman says 'the Ballroom Tango's passion is like you are dancing with your wife, the Argentine Tango is more dirty and like dancing with your mistress'!!! It was introduced to the UK in 1913. The Tango had a character and an atmosphere which was nearer to the exciting Latin type of music and dancing. Originally introduced with a dramatic feline type of action it retained its drama and developed into a sharp, staccato dance character. The hold for the Tango is slightly different to the other ballroom dances and there is no Rise and Fall in the Tango unlike the Waltz, Quickstep and Foxtrot. The Tango has 2/4 timing and is counted in Slow's and Quick's.
The Viennese Waltz - beautiful, spinny and elegant.
The Viennese Waltz as we know it today is actually the original form of the Waltz! The Viennese Waltz is a rotary dance where the dancers are constantly turning.
It's the oldest of all ballroom dances emerging in the second half of the 18th Century influenced by German and Austrian dance styles.
The Viennese Waltz was quite the scandalous dance style when it first emerged. Not only were ankles visible from the ladies but both men and women were in hold! Gasp!
However it later gained acceptance and even popularity amongst the upper class.
This dance style differs from the Waltz mainly in its speed. The Viennese Waltz has about 180 beats to the minute whereas the Waltz only have 90.
The Latin Dances
From Cuba - the music and dance we know as Cuba Rumba stems from the Guajira (pronounced Wharhearer), a dance that was very popular with the country people in the mid-1800's but from which a more sophisticated version grew during the early 1930's.
The Rumba is danced in 4/4 timing and counted as 2, 3, 4, 1 as we start on the 2, remember the line in Dirty Dancing when Patrick Swayze tells Baby 'we don't step on the 1'.
Cha Cha Cha
From Cuba - based on a rhythm introduced into the Danzon by Enrico Jorrin a very popular Cuban singer, composer and band-leader during the 1950's/1960's.
The Cha Cha Cha is also danced to 4/4 timing but you have an extra step, so is counted as 2, 3, 4&1.
From USA - developed from Lindy, Lindy Hop, jitterbug, Twelve-Bar Blues and Boogie, all based on Afro-American music, East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing, based on American Swing music and Rock n Roll using USA's heavy down beat music of the 1950's.
The timing of the Jive is 4/4 and is counted in quicks. Either Quick, Quick or Quick a Quick for the chasses.
From Brazil - said to based on the Maxixe, Baion and Choro. The Brazilian version of the Maxixe was demonstrated and popularised in the USA by Irene and Vernon Castle circa 1914. The classic Brazilian rhythm of Batucada, a late addition to the Samba danced in competitions and championships, was introduced by Julie Laird (nee Gibson) on 29th May 1988 in the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool and has become a firmly established characteristic in today's Samba choreography.
The Samba timing is 2/4 and is counted as 1 a 2, 2 a 2, 3 a 2, 4 a 2.
From Spain - developed in France. The choreography used during this dance depicts the story of a 'Bull Fight'. A recent trend has been to include choreography based on Flamenco dancing.
The timing of the Paso Doble is 2/4 and counted in 8 steps (1-8).
Latin American styles originate from Cuba and surrounding Caribbean islands.
Salsa is a dance form with origins from the Cuban Son (circa 1920s) and Afro-Cuban dance (specifically Afro-Cuban Rumba).It is commonly associated with the salsa music style, although it may be danced under other types of music with an 8-count rhythm.
In some styles of Salsa, such as LA and New York style, the dancers remain in a slot or line (switching places), while in some Latin American styles, such as Cuban style, the dancers circle around each other, sometimes in 3 points. This circular style is inspired by Cuban Son, specifically to the beat of Son Montuno in the 1920s. However, as it is a popular music, it is open to improvisation and thus it is continuously evolving. New modern salsa styles are associated and named to the original geographic areas that developed them. There are often devotees of each of these styles outside of their home territory. Characteristics that may identify a style include: timing, basic steps, foot patterns, body rolls and movements, turns and figures, attitude, dance influences and the way that partners hold each other. The point in a musical bar music where a slightly larger step is taken (the break step) and the direction the step moves can often be used to identify a style.
Incorporating other dance styling techniques into salsa dancing has become very common, for both men and women: shimmies, leg work, arm work, body movement, spins, body isolations, shoulder shimmies, rolls, even hand styling, acrobatics and lifts.