With Strictly Come Dancing coming to a close after another fantastic season, many of us will no doubt be feeling inspired to hit the dancefloor, and where better to start your dance journey that at former Strictly Come Dancing professional Karen Hardy‘s dance studio?
Not only did Karen Hardy win the 2006 series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash, she is also a world Latin American champion.
Karen Hardy Dance Studios, established 10 years ago and located in Imperial Wharf on the Fulham-Chelsea borders, is London’s only private members dance studio. So not only can you follow in the footsteps of your favourite Strictly celebs, you can also enjoy a little of that on-screen glamour while learning to dance.
Every new guest is invited to enjoy their favourite tipple in the beautiful champagne bar (perfect if you’re feeling a little nervous about dancing!), and as well as award-winning teachers, the studio offers flexible programmes to suit even the tightest of schedules.
Anybody can book a complimentary 25-minute taster lesson to see if Latin and ballroom is for you, or you can take advantage of The Resident’s very special limited-time offer – get 20% off your first lesson packages! To redeem the offer, simply quote KHDSRESIDENT20 when completing the booking form online at karenhardystudios.com. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7731 7316.celebrity master classes with world champions and television stars. Members also receive passes for friends and family to make it a fully inclusive experience.
Karen Hardy Dance Studios also offers bespoke dance experiences for non-members, corporate packages, gift experiences and wedding packages, so that you can give the gift of dance to friends, relatives and colleagues.
Imperial Wharf, 10-12 The Boulevard, Fulham SW6 2UB; karenhardystudios.com
the member experience
Annabel Ford, a Karen Hardy Dance Studios’ members, talks us through her ballroom dance journey…
What inspired you to start dancing?
I always danced but I only specialised in ballet and contemporary.
Did you have any worries or concerns at the beginning?
I think my biggest worry was can I still dance and can any of my dance background relate to ballroom and Latin dancing. How many excuses can I make to myself why I am not dancing!
What made you choose Karen Hardy Dance Studios?
I was lucky enough to work near KHDS and I saw a 10th anniversary Christmas Gala advertised. I thought it would be lovely to watch different types of dance, especially all different ages, but it wasn’t until the friend I went with asked me why I stopped dancing that I realised I’d love to get back into it. Watching the live performance made me choose Karen Hardy.
What would you say to anyone thinking of starting dance lessons?
For me the biggest challenge was starting again, but Rome wasn’t built in a day! You don’t need to know how to dance before you start and if you wait until you’re ‘ready’, it’ll probably never happen. I made loads of excuses – I can’t dance anymore; I don’t have a partner etc etc – but your never know if you don’t try. You might just fall in love with it all over again, like I did!
What are your future dance goals?
I want to be able to take my medals and hopefully do a Pro-Am competition.
How has dancing impacted the rest of your life?
Going back to dance improved my self-esteem and confidence made me smile again.