Personalised lessons: for your first dance at your wedding, a special occassion
or just to learn some steps for fun. We make learning enjoyable and memorable.
START THE DANCE
Now taking studio bookings from 12 April!
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.
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!
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.
How much space do I need?
Not very much. If you and your partner can hold each other with outstretched arms and spin around without bumping into anything, then you have enough room.
What do I do if I don't have enough room?
Don’t worry, we can arrange lessons for you in a studio at discounted rates, or at one of our choreographer’s homes.
What song shall we choose?
It’s completely up to you! It’s best to choose a song that means something special to the two of you, and we will choreograph a routine to fit. If you are having difficulty choosing, please give us a call or drop us a line and we can give you some advice!
What shall we wear for our lessons?
Initially it is best to wear what you feel most comfortable in. Towards the end of the lessons it makes sense to wear the shoes that you will be wearing on the big day, or heels of a similar size. Don’t worry about the dress – we will discuss with you how restrictive it will be. If necessary we will be able to create a dress out of bedsheets for a final rehearsal!
We have no dance experience at all, is this a problem?
Absolutely not! Many couples we take on claim to have two left feet and no sense of rhythm. But, after a few lessons they are dancing in time, looking graceful and having fun.
My partner is scared of the lessons, how can I reassure them?
People learn best when they are relaxed and enjoying themselves. Because of this we pride ourselves that our instructors are the friendliest in the business and will put you and your partner at ease right away. Couples often comment how their dance lessons are the most enjoyable part of their wedding preparations.
How do I pay?
For the ‘pay-as-you-go’ packages we will invoice you once you have settled on the number of lessons you would like. You can then pay by cheque or bank transfer. For the silver or gold packages we ask for payment to be sent ahead of the first lesson.
What happens if I need to cancel or change my lessons?
We appreciate that planning your wedding can be quite a stressful time and plans/appointments can change quite rapidly. Because of this we are happy for you to change any lessons free of charge as long as you give 48 hours notice. Otherwise, payment will be required in full. If you are on taking ‘pay as you go’ lessons, these can also be cancelled free of charge with a minimum of 48 hours notice. The discounted packages must be paid upfront and are not refundable after the first lesson.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
We are also happy to offer online lessons, conducted using zoom. As long as you have enough space to spin around in your front room, we can teach you a whole range of dances, from latin favourites such as salsa and cha-cha to more contempory disco and pop routines to your favourite tunes.
We have been teaching lessons this way since the beginning of the Covid lockdown in March 2020, and have found these to be just as effective as face-to-face lessons. Plus we are happy to record all sessions and send over to you, to help you practice your routine once the class is over.
Start the Dance's online classes combine exercise and fun at the same time as learning new skills. its easy to do, highly entertaining and you'll end the class feeling 100x more human again!” Vicky & Luke
Do you know a couple that have just got engaged?
Stuck what to buy your partner for a special occasion 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.
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