6 of London’s Best Latin & Ballroom Dance Studios
Inspired by Strictly? Hit the dancefloor with Latin and Ballroom dance classes across London, from beginner-friendly dance-fitness in central London to advanced classes and Pro-Am training in Fulham and Canary Wharf
1 Karen Hardy Dance Studios, Fulham
Former Strictly Come Dancing Professional Champion and world Latin American champion Karen Hardy runs London’s only private members dance studio. Karen Hardy Dance Studios, established 10 years ago, brings a little of that on-screen glamour to the experience of learning to dance. Located on the Thames waterfront at Imperial Wharf on the Chelsea/Fulham borders, the first-class dance studio has award-winning teachers and flexible programmes to suit even the tightest of schedules. Individual dance journeys mean that, whether you dream of simply dancing with a loved one, dancing socially at your next event, or you want to compete internationally, Karen Hardy Dance Studios can make that dream a reality. The studio also has a champagne bar and enjoy offers music nights and celebrity master classes with world champions and television stars. Members also receive passes for friends and family to make it a fully inclusive experience. Book a complimentary 25-minute taster lesson or get 20% off your first lesson packages by quoting KHDSRESIDENT20 when completing the booking form online.
Imperial Wharf, 10-12 The Boulevard, Fulham SW6 2UB; karenhardystudios.com
2 The London Academy of Dance, Canary Wharf
Established in 2007 by Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) fellow and British champion Greg Gillespie, The London Academy of Dance at Third Space Canary Wharf offers tuition seven days a week. The dance school has a wide range of courses for adults of all abilities, from beginners to seasoned competitors, with Ballroom, Latin American, Salsa and Argentine Tango classes on offer. Students can choose from private dance lessons or group classes in Ballroom and Salsa. They offer wedding dance lessons too. Every teacher is either a former or current competitive dancer, with qualifications from the world’s leading dance teaching authorities, and students can even take medal tests through the ISTD and IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association). The Academy also hosts social dance evenings and showcase events.
Third Space Canary Wharf, 16-19 Canada Square, Canary Wharf E14 5ER; thelondonacademyofdance.com
3 Santhosh Dance, Notting Hill
Santhosh Dance in Notting Hill’s Tabernacle and offers Strictly-style Latin Fitness & Choreography class on Wednesday evenings from 7.45pm-8.45pm. Channel your inner Strictly diva, dancing with three professional instructors per class, who will lead a fun-filled and energetic hour of Salsa and Cha Cha. Whether you’re looking to lift your elbows, sharpen your turns or embark on an alternative fitness journey, the Latin Fitness & Choreography class is suitable for all levels of experience and skill. Santhosh also offers a range of classes from Latin Fitness to American Hustle, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha and Rumba. Classes from £20 when signing up for the term, or £25 by drop in. There is also a trial fee of £10 for the first class only. Classes take place at the Tabernacle
The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, Notting Hill W11 2AY; santhoshdance.com
4 Flow Dance, Brixton
Flow Dance at Kennington Business Park on the Brixton/Kennington borders offers group classes and private lessons in Contemporary, Ballroom, Latin, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Dancehall and more. Founded by Carlos Custodio and Elena Plescenco, ISTD qualified instructors and winners of the Portugal Dance Awards 2009, Flow Dance caters for all levels from beginner to advanced, with classes for competitors and the Pro-Am League too. The school has four different sized dance studios with wooden sprung dance floors, professional sound systems, air conditioning and smart lighting that can be dimmed or set to party mode! Wedding dance lessons are also available in association with weddingdancelondon.co.uk, and Flow Dance also offers children’s Latin and Ballroom classes.
Unit 3, Kennington Business Park, Canterbury Court, 1-3 Brixton Road SW9 6DE; flowdance-london.co.uk
5 DAN’S, Marylebone
DAN’S is a new Latin American dance-fitness studio on Cavendish Place off Oxford Street that aims to make dancing more accessible, modern and fun by fusing dance and feel-good fitness. Founder Daniel Bermeo hopes to create a community built on a shared passion for positivity and dance, so it’s the ideal solution for those inspired by Strictly but perhaps intimated by starting from scratch with formal dance classes. Led by professional dance instructors from around the world, DAN’S offers three class categories suitable for everyone, regardless of experience. There’s DAN’S Fitness, which combines Latin dance moves with resistance band and dumbbell training for an uplifting cardio workout; DAN’S Technique, which allows people of all skill levels to improve their dance technique; and DAN’S Soul, which combines meditative breathing with controlled dance movement to de-stress and reenergise. The three studios are decorated in vibrant colours, each inspired by a Latin American trailblazer like Frida Kahlo and Carmen Miranda, and off the dance floor, you can re-energise at DAN’S Rhythm Bar, which serves fresh plant-based juices, smoothies, teas and protein shots. Group classes are £23 each.
5 Cavendish Place, off Oxford Street, Marylebone W1G 0QA; dans.co.uk
6 Simply Dancing Partners, Marylebone & Battersea
When most of us watch Strictly Come Dancing and decide to go to a class, we picture ourselves being expertly whirled around the dance floor in the arms of an athletic young dance partner. But more often than not, your fellow classmates are no better than you, and there tends to be a shortage of male partners. So for a more Strictly experience, try Simply Dance Partners, which has a team of qualified dance partners – both male and female – who already know how to dance. Classes are available for everyone from beginners to advanced, in group classes, private lessons and couples’ classes, as well as Wedding First Dance lessons. You can learn Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Jive, Samba, Cha Cha, Rumba and Salsa. Classes take place in Marble Arch, Notting Hill and Wimbledon (private lessons can also be taken in Battersea and Paddington).