Interview with Sam

 
I have booked a free taster class; what should I wear?

Please wear something you feel comfortable and can move in, for example, leggings, a t-shirt and trainers for fitness classes and a small heeled shoe for Ballroom dancing. For some classes (ballet/jazz) socks are more beneficial. You may want to bring a bottle of water and an exercise mat if you have one (exercise only), if not, one will be provided.

For Junior Ballroom classes, there is a uniform, but it is not necessary to purchase until your child is fully settled into the term.


I'm nervous as I've never been to a dance or fitness class before; will I be ok?

Absolutely! Many of my current members had never done a dance or fitness class before and there are usually other new members like you in the group. Remember, we all have to start somewhere, and each and every class member has been in your position before, so there is no need to feel nervous, you will soon begin to feel part of the group.


I have an injury; will I be ok?

It is important that you fill in a registration form before your free taster class to let your instructor know of any injuries or health issues. Classes are multi-level and you will be given different alternatives to work to your own ability. You will also be encouraged to let your instructor know during the class if any exercise does not suit you and an alternative will be provided.

If you have high blood pressure, are on medication or are recovering from an operation we advise you to speak to your GP first and get their consent to participate in this type of exercise.


I am overweight; will I be ok?

You will be absolutely fine and will soon find that it is a brilliant way to help you become a healthier weight and more confident with your body. You are not alone and the majority of the people who start my classes want to lose weight. If you are medically obese then you should check with your GP before making changes to the level of physical activity that you are currently doing.


I have no coordination; will I be ok?

Yes! The good thing about all of our classes is that it doesn't matter if you aren't co-ordinated and no one will mind or care if you get the moves wrong. The purpose of doing these classes is to improve your co-ordination, which is a skill that can be developed over time, so be patient with yourself in your first class. If you just keep moving and are able to laugh when it goes a bit wrong, you will find you are not on your own. I teach this stuff week in and week out and I still go wrong!! Shape


Do I need to bring anything to my free taster class?

A bottle of water
An exercise mat if you have one (Dance Fitness, Ab Blast & Stretch & Tone only)
A small towel for sweat if you want


Is there parking available?

Yes, there is lots free of parking at both venues.


How do I get there?

For information on where to find us, please visit the "Contact Us" page on our website.


Are there changing facilities?

Yes, there are changing rooms and showers available at The Howard Venue and toilet facilities at St Peter's Church


I want to come every week; how much is it?

The best thing to do is to come along to your free taster class first and after class discuss suitable options with your instructor. In the meantime, feel free to check out our “getting started” page for more information. If you have any other questions or concerns don't hesitate to get in touch by email.


Does my child have to take part in exams, competitions and dance shows?

Absolutely not! We encourage all of our Juniors to take part in an end of term performance to family and friends, along with opportunities to perform in a variety of community events. Participation is not compulsory, although frequent opportunities will occur. At the end of each term we award a trophy to the “most outstanding pupil” of that term. This is not based on dance ability, but is an award for the hardest working, focused, encouraging pupil of the term.


My child is very shy, I'm worried they will not take part in their complementary taster class.

Please do not worry, some children take a little longer to get used to new environments. When your child attends if they find it difficult to take part, we will invite them to sit and watch instead, so they can get a feel for the class. Sometimes it can take two or three session for a child to feel comfortable enough in the unfamiliar surroundings with all the new faces to feel ready to join in.

One of our main focuses is to develop confidence which is why we are patientWe do our best to ensure each child experiences is positive one. Please head over to our ‘Success Stories' page to see what experiences others have had and how they have benefited from our classes.


How long do your classes last for?

All of our adult and children's classes are an hour long.


As an adult I have never danced before but want to try something new; are your classes appropriate for me?

Yes! We offer classes at different levels and no matter what experience you have had we will find a class to suit you!


I used to dance when I was younger and want to start classes again; have you got classes that will suit my needs?

Yes! We have lots of Adult students who have come back to dancing for a number of reasons, fun, fitness or they simply miss dancing! If you want to go back to basics you can try out Adult Ballroom or beginner's ballet class otherwise our Dance Fitness or Intermediate jazz class will suit you. Why not try out several classes to find out which class suits you best?


I really think I would love your classes, but I have a few more questions; can I contact you?

Of course, please email me at sam@samsballroom.co.uk or call or text me on 07712 588385 and I will be happy to have a chat and answer any of your questions!