It is with much sadness that we need to announce that, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and continued lockdown, all physical classes, events and lessons for the foreseeable future have been suspended. This was a difficult decision to make and only happened after much discussion. It leaves us with a heavy heart but has been taken to ensure the safety of everyone.
We know you all love your dancing and do not want to stop but under these circumstances we feel we have no choice. Virtually all other dance clubs have already stopped physical lessons, classes and social dances.
We are looking at ways we can keep everyone’s spirits up during this difficult period including technique videos, medal routines and latin/ballroom exercise classes when the risk level is significantly lower. All suggestions will be looked at.
In the meantime, please stay safe and take care of your loved ones. We all need to get through this and start dancing again to lift our spirits when things improve.
Martin will contact you when things have settled after these initial shock changes.
Standing Coronavirus Advice
In line with our new procedures and for the protection of all dancers we need everyone to thoroughly wash their hands before any classes or events, especially if you are dancing with different people. Please also wash hands regularly throughout all events (always before handling any drinks or food). Dancers must not attend if they develop and cold or flu symptoms. Please be aware a headache and/or temperature may be sign of developing symptoms of Coronavirus/ COVID-19.
Government advice permitting, we will start to run lessons as soon as possible. For Coronavirus advice from the Imperial Society of Dancing Teachers please click here.
New Life Dance
Cancellation: Sadly, the overnight trip for New Life Dancers to see Anton DuBeke and Erin Boag at Potters Resort near Great Yarmouth, on Sunday 17th May has been cancelled. All dancers will be able to get an almost full refund or transfer directly to the Potters overnight Christmas Special on Sunday 6th December 2020 which will go ahead if lockdown conditions permit. Please note: Transport to and from Potters is not included. All participants have been contacted by Martin and refunds or transfer of bookings made or arranged. Please contact Martin (07930 327556) if you are concerned. Hopefully, this is a 2nd opportunity for us all to get together and have a memorable fun break.
Sadly, the next medal exams, mainly in Salsa and Argentine Tango, to be held on Sunday 29th March at The ISTD London Centre were cancelled by the ISTD. Martin is looking to see when the next ones will take place but the ISTD have cancelled all exams for at least 3 months.
Regular term time Dance classes at St Jude’s School, Englefield Green TW20 0NP have been cancelled until further notice. Martin will let you know when they resume.
Please Note: Martin has added a new page giving an overview of ISTD Medallist teaching. Because the number of routines have increased, most slots will be focussed on particular routines and levels. Whats App groups have been created to let people know when their dances are being taught. These groups are very popular and will mostly resume on Saturday and Thursday afternoons. Private lessons are also a great way to look good with accurate footwork, posture and direction. Please speak to Martin or Elaine. You need to attend lessons, classes or private lessons to be entered for exams.
Thank you to everyone who supports New Life Dance at Dances, workshops, ISTD medal classes and regular classes. ISTD medal classes/group lessons have resumed and are usually on Saturdays at URC church Hall, Winchmore Hill (speak to Martin or Elaine for dates/details). A big thank you to Cordelia for photographs at some dances, Kate and Ronnie for their amazing live singing spot and all helpers including Isobel, Jill, Andrea, Caulene, John, Jim and more. Great to see all the people who regularly come to classes, workshops and events.
Please note: Sunday classes at Southbury Leisure Centre are not currently running. Watch this space to see when classes resume at this venue or another. Details – Martin 07930 327556
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Chasamba – Dance exercise class using latin and ballroom moves with Elaine also suspended until further notice. Classes usually run Tuesdays 10.15-11.15am at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Winchmore Hill, N21 3JF. Cost – £7 per person. Always check class is running by phoning Elaine beforehand on 07702 437101.
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