When we are allowed to open again, YES we are indeed! We are very much a Covid-Secure studio and doing everything possible to make it as safe as possible for you to return and enjoy your dancing. All the measures we have taken including our risk assessment, the checklist of things you need to consider, our cleaning procedures, diagrams and even a video of the one-way system layout of the club etc, are listed here on the Covid Information page
It’s quite a heavy read, but it has been months of research in the making!
To decide between Salsa, Argentine Tango, Ballroom & Latin, Bachata or Kizomba depends on your own character and musical preference. Many of our dancers dance more than one style so you don’t have to restrict yourself to one!
All forms of dance can be a long-term, life changing and addictive experience! So here’s a little clip of our dance club in action at West Quay, demonstrating all genres.
You could always book a course in each style and then decide from there – just a thought!
Shoes are the most important thing to consider when dancing – but clothes are essential!
Dancing requires any shoe with a smooth sole that will stay on your foot when raising your heel. Girls: a court shoe with a heel is suitable, Guys: a brogue for you. Flip flops or sandals are not advisable. Your shoes also need a smooth sole, like leather, to be able to turn and glide across the floor like Fred and Ginger! Trainers or rubber-soled shoes will stick to the floor and damage your knees in the long run.
As for clothes, wear anything comfortable that allows freedom of movement. Within Tracie’s Latin Club, the classes are quite smart-casual – some people wear jeans and others glam it up. So it’s entirely what you feel most comfortable in.
If you have a partner fantastic, but for those who don’t, we cater for solo dancers in all our dance classes and we have loads of fun while dancing separately together – if you know what I mean!
Our normal classes are for those aged over 18 years and there is no upper age limit …. if you can walk you can dance, it’s as simple as that. If you have children who are interested in learning, then please do contact us – as it is something we would love to provide.
TLC encourages a warm and friendly dance scene and we have a broad spectrum of people, so take a chance and enjoy the dance!
All dance courses for beginners have to be booked in advance as well as the solo classes to ensure we do not over-subscribe our classes and also for track and trace purposes.
Yes indeed we do!
All of our classes for Absolute Beginners cater for people with no previous dance experience – where we assume you know absolutely nothing!
Our dance classes are all designed to guide you towards having confidence on the dance floor, and we will literally take you step by step in that process.
Each of the styles of dance we teach has a different structure to our classes – please see our Classes pages for more details.
In general, as people learn at different rates, there is no fixed rule for how long you should attend a particular level, so your teacher will advise you when you are ready to progress. For most people, our Level 1 courses for Absolute Beginners will prepare you to progress to Level 2 at the end of the course (although Ballroom & Latin courses are different because of changing to a different style). If you feel you would like more time at a particular level you are welcome to repeat a course or to remain at any level for as long as you would like. In general, the higher the level, the longer you will need to spend at that level.
Some people are keen to progress quickly and learn as many new moves as possible! It is fantastic to be that enthusiastic, but do remember to ensure that you learn to lead and follow moves well before progressing to harder moves. Tracie always says that it is the quality of moves you learn rather than the quantity, and this will really set you apart from the rest. Keeping the rhythm, focussing on lead/follow technique and respecting each other’s ability and balance will make you the King or Queen on the dance floor!
Practise, practise, practise! As with most things in life, the more you practise, the more you will improve! Attending more than once a week will really help you retain the moves and you will feel more comfortable when it comes to social dancing after the lessons have finished. When social dancing is allowed, you will really get to find out whether you can lead or follow well in the social dancing, especially when dancing with a partner who has not done the same class as you.
Most of our dancers are addicted because they love to dance in a friendly environment, where they get lots of ‘tlc’ and huge helpings of fun and laughter – this is GUARANTEED! Our teachers take pride in their teaching with the aim of getting everyone to dance – so come along and join us.
Strictly no! (Apart from the adhoc fancy dress competition!)
We believe that medal examinations and competitions would encourage dancers to follow a more choreographed set of moves, rather than dance with improvisation and spontaneity with the music. Although we teach routines in our classes, we encourage the leaders to put individual moves into their dance at any point in time, therefore no two dances will ever be the same. This makes the dance very dynamic, improvised, energised and lots of fun!
We only close for Christmas (for 2 or 3 weeks, depending on how the calendar falls) and for Monday Bank Holidays, so you can enjoy your classes all year round!
The studio can be hired out for dance classes, rehearsals & events.
Also for other things such as yoga, drama or music.
However, it is not available to hire for private parties.
Please see the Venue Hire page for more information.
Our weekly salsa classes are run by Salsa Southampton. Their main classes are for Cross-Body style, but they offer classes in various other genres of salsa, including Cuban & On2. Please see their website for details of what they offer.
When we are allowed to run social party nights again, our classes mainly focus on Cross Body style, but we also host some Cuban parties by other promoters, who may offer a class – please see individual event details.
Olga runs Cuban Rueda classes on Saturdays in Hedge End.
The onsite car park is for ladies only please (see pink area on map below). Additional parking has been arranged by Tracie opposite the venue in Kwik Fit and Simply Bathrooms, plus next door’s forecourt formerly Indigo. We are only allowed to park round the corner in Indigo Print car park in Cambridge Road on Friday or Saturday nights when they do not have a night shift working at their printing factory.
Please note that the stone wall in the Kwik Fit car park, beside the pavement, is reserved for the Bed company and we cannot use this area.
Parking on the roads is for 2 hours at any time.
With very little parking available, please park next to each other in line and sensibly so that we can all maximise the space.