Questions and Answers
Q: Which dances does Slightly Ballroom do?
A: Modern ballroom: foxtrot and its easy version,
slow rhythm; slow waltz and Viennese waltz
which is fast and not for the faint-hearted;
quickstep; International tango, with possible
occasional forays into Argentine tango.
Latin American: cha-cha-cha, rumba, samba,
American: jive and basic rock-and-roll.
Sequence: two or three popular party dances like
the Gay Gordons.
Q: Do you have to pay for a course up front?
A: No. If you like it, you’ll come back anyway, but
there is a small incentive for people who pay in
Q: What makes this class unusual?
A: We’re doing it for fun; everyone can learn both to
lead and follow, so nobody ever as to sit out.
Q: Do you have to bring a partner?
A: No, although couples are very welcome. If you
do bring a partner, expect to swap aund most of
the time. Changing partners helps to avoid bad
habits getting entrenched, and helps both leaders
and followers to be sensitive and flexible.
Q: Does Slightly Ballroom do medal tests,
competitions and exams?
A: No. This is all about social dancing and having a
it as a foundation course. If you want to go
further, we can recommend other nearby schools
where you can have private advanced tuition.
Q: What do you need to bring?
A: Drinking water. There are no lockers.
Q: What should you wear?
A: Clean, washable, comfortable layers. You will get
hot. As this is a very informal gathering, you do
not need to dress up. Straight skirts are no good
at all. Ladies are welcome to wear trousers.
Q: How about personal hygiene?
It is much nicer if dancers manage to have a
shower and clean their teeth before class.
'Rock and Roll' from Helen's Dance Drawings
Shoes are important. Something comfortable
that will stay on and does not stick out
beyond your feet in any direction.
High heels and open toes are a really bad
idea for beginners.
Don’t be tempted to invest in dancing shoes
until you’ve had advice from Helen, who
recommends Duo Dance in Half Moon Lane,
Q: Who's the teacher?
Helen Chown, Associate Member (Modern
Ballroom, Latin/American and Rock and
Roll) of the United Kingdom Alliance of
Teachers of Dance; twenty-odd years'
experience working with beginners and