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Personalised first wedding dance lessons,

giving you the confidence to shine on your big day

START THE DANCE

 

What we do

If your wedding day is approaching, you are worried about that first dance and you think that you have two left feet, then do not fear. Start the Dance is here to lead you on to the floor, with grace, elegance and style, allowing you to wow your friends and family and make the most of your big day. We started in London, but have now expanded to serve the whole of the UK and offer award winning, professional, personalised dance lessons with a competitively priced service.

Watch our short video below to meet some of our couples and find out a little more about the services we offer.

 

Our Service

We understand that organising a wedding can be a stressful enough experience already, so we promise that we will not add to this. Most couples find that the time spent during the lessons is a perfect way to relax together and forget about all those wedding worries.

Our choreographers will carefully discuss your needs before you start, so that we can prepare a routine that fits exactly around your requirements – whether you just want to avoid shuffling around the dance floor, or plan to give Fred & Ginger a run for their money!

We offer a variety of packages from emergency, one off lessons so that you can learn basic steps and avoid the embarrassing shuffle, to a course of lessons to enable you to master your own routine and dance stylishly with grace and confidence. (see rates section for more details)

Dance lessons can take place in the privacy of your own home or in one of our studios. We have recently expanded to cover the whole of the UK, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Newcastle, Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We also serve the whole M25 region, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

All our instructors are fully trained dance professionals, specialists in the dances they teach, very friendly and not in the least bit scary!

 

FAQs

Here are some of most commonly asked questions – click on the title to find out more. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

Rates

Gold Package
silver Package
PAY AS
YOU GO

We are aware that weddings are expensive, and because of this have always strived to offer the best value and keep our rates amongst the lowest in the market. Due to our growth we have recently had to become VAT registered and pay 20% of our prices to the government – we have absorbed as much of this additional cost as possible ourselves, but have had to increase our rates a little to reflect this. We hope you understand!

Travel

  • London: Zones 1-3 there is no travel charge.

  • If you live in zone 4 or beyond, we charge a travel supplement per lesson to cover the instructors fare and time in traveling to your house: Zone 4: £10; Outside Zone 4: £15; Outside M25: £20

  • For the rest of the UK please contact us for details.

Studio Hire

We have a number of studios, located across London and nationwide, that are available for hire. We have negotiated with the studios to get discounted rates, starting from £15 per hour.

 

If you prefer, we can arrange for you to be taught at one of our choreographers’ homes, who have dedicated dancing areas, at a small supplement of £5 per hour.

Terms

  • Tuition charges will be invoiced to you directly by Start the Dance, you do not need to give any money to the choreographer (with the exception of any travel, if required).

  • Payment for the packages will be requested ahead of the first lesson.

  • Pay as You Go lessons will be invoiced after you finish the course of lessons.

  • Minimum of 48 hours notice is required for cancelling a lesson, otherwise the cost will be invoiced in full.

  • All prices include VAT

 

Hen Classes

We can’t think of a better way to spend your Hen than dancing the day (or night) away. We specialise in organising personalised programmes to fit in perfectly with your plans.

Why not strut your stuff by learning to Salsa and Meringue from every girls favourite movie ‘Dirty Dancing’. Or maybe you fancy giving Bollywood dancing a go? – we can host the sessions in an Indian restaurant with a curry to get you in the spirit of things.

  • Learn a full group routine to a favourite song or have an introduction to a style you have always wanted to master.

  • We can teach anything from the traditional waltz to street dancing, disco, Bollywood or belly-dancing.

  • Choose from having the session in a studio or at a bar or restaurant, so you can have a much needed drink to either cool you down or get you going!

  • We can cater for any group size from 5 – 50.

A huge thank you from all of us for an absolutely fantastic time!  I don’t think any of us could have predicted how much fun it was.  We spent the rest of the weekend practising and running through the  dance!”   Eliza

 

Testimonials

Elizabeth & Mark

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Miriam for teaching my (now) husband Mark and I our amazing first dance routine. We had a ball and our guests really loved it. We cannot recommend Miriam highly enough – a lovely person and a fantastic teacher. We thoroughly enjoyed our dance lessons, which gave us welcome fun and time together aside from last minute wedding jobs. Next stop, getting Mark to watch Dirty Dancing!!

Amanda & Al

A huge thank you for the most amazing lessons! Complete novices, we wanted to wow our guests with spins, lifts “oohs & ahhs” – which we achieved thanks to the fantastic lessons. Lindsay understood our requirements – a complete professional with so much energy and interest – we had so much fun! Our guests loved our first dance and we amazed ourselves with what we did! I wholeheartedly recommend Start the Dance – you will not regret it!

Simon & Asha

A huge thank you for helping make our wedding dance more than just an awkward ‘shuffle’. We still can’t believe we pulled it off in just three lessons! It was the perfect day and your patient tuition enabled us to relax and enjoy the moment. Once again, a massive thank you!

Sharon & Dean

Just like to say a great big massive thank you to Jess we miss our Friday night classes so much. Most of all for making our first dance so special and adding to the best day of my life. I would recommend Jess to everyone. Xxxx Once again, a massive thank you!

Anne & Rob

Jess was a delight to work with, very patient and talented, as well as being very flexible as our big day approached! Everyone was bowled over by the routine that she put together for us (with 2 left feet was a separate challenge unto itself). Highly recommended!

Belinda & Kian

We would like to say a big thanks to our bubbly dance teacher Lindsay! She made lessons so much fun and was ever so patient and encouraging. Glad it turned out well and we managed to impress our guests! Would definitely recommend Start the Dance.

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Gift Vouchers

Do you know a couple that have just got engaged?

Stuck what to buy your partner for Christmas or their birthday?

Dance lessons make the perfect gift. We offer personalised gift vouchers, either for a set number of dance lessons or a package, which the recipient is free to redeem with us at a time of their choosing.

We will email you the vouchers, together with information about our service and how to book the lessons.

Once purchased the vouchers are non-refundable, but they have no additional restrictions and are valid for a whole year. If you would like to purchase the vouchers now, please make your selection and click the purchase button.

 

All transactions are made securely using paypal. Alternatively, please contact us for more information.

 

About

Jess Brichto, a ballroom and latin specialist and former dance champion, founded Start the Dance in 2005. Her aim was to help all wedding couples, whatever their ability, look confident and wow their guests on the dance floor, and most importantly have lots of fun!

Since 2005, Jess has taken on a team of professional choreographers, who are trained in a variety of dancing styles, so whatever routine you want, from Ballroom to Bollywood and Salsa to Street Dance, we can help. All our choreographers are professionally trained in the styles they teach, are fully insured and very friendly.

Here is some more information about our senior team

 

Jess, founder & choreographer

Jess Brichto has been dancing since the age of 6. A national award winner in Ballroom and Disco championships, Jess founded Start the Dance to help spread her passion to a wider audience and show that partner dancing can be fun and accessible to all.

Miriam, lead choreographer

Miriam Oppel studied Dance and Culture at the university of Surrey and has become one of UK’s most recognised salsa teachers and performers. She has trained in a variety of styles including; ballet, contemporary, jazz, urban, and classical Indian dance. All have given her a wealth of knowledge she can use in her teaching.

Milli, senior choreographer

Milli is a professional dancer and choreographer. She is one of the country's leading Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz dancers and regularly performs in theatres round the country, and has won several awards for her choreography. She has been teaching for 6 years and loves putting together the perfect routine for each couple she works with that reflects their personalities and makes them feel confident and inspired to keep dancing after the big day. 

Melissa, senior choreographer

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Melissa is a professional dancer and has been
dancing since the age of 9. Fully trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Latin, Street Latin and
Ballroom she holds a Diploma of Musical Theatre and a Diploma of Dance. As well as
performing Melissa absolutely loves teaching especially her lovely wedding couples and
with a wealth of knowledge she will soon have you “Dancing Cheek to Cheek”.

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Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch you can either email us at hello@startthedance.co.uk, phone us on 020 7183 0717, or fill out the form below and we’ll get straight back:

 

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