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
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!
If you really want to wow your guests, and dance a jaw-dropping, show-stopping YouTube worthy routine!
Also ideal for those who, in addition to learning a first dance, want to learn the steps to popular ballroom and Latin dances. Then you can keep dancing all night long!
Consists of 12 hours of tuition (eight 90 minute lessons).
Package costs £520 (non-refundable after the first lesson)
Ideal if you want a choreographed routine to your favourite song
Bespoke choreography devised to match your style and personality
Consists of 6 hours of tuition (four 90 minute lessons)
Package costs £280 (non-refundable after the first lesson)
Perfect if you want to avoid the embarrassing shuffle, but do not know whether you could commit the time to learn a full routine
Any extra lessons you have booked in advance can be cancelled at a later date if you do not end up needing them
A 60 minute lesson is £54, a 90 minute lesson is £75 – two hour ’emergency’ lessons are £96
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