The First Dance (the-first-dance)

The First Dance. Fun, affordable private dance tuition and choreography tailored to your ability and requirements by a patient, experienced wedding dance specialist.

Wedding Dance Lessons

The tempo of the music you choose will determine the appropriate style of dance, either Ballroom or Latin which will give you repeatable steps so you have less to remember and will serve you well as a social skill that can be enjoyed on many more occasions in the future. Or you may prefer to use versatile Modern Jive moves that are an eclectic fusion of many different dance forms, suit almost any tempo of music, and are often mixed with my Ballroom and Latin choreography to give dips and leans. All moves are safe and take account of the fact you'll be in a wedding dress and wedding day attire.

Lessons are held in a full size dance studio (in Cheam, Surrey) for unrestricted dance practice and you will find my prices to be very competitive, and include both VAT and studio hire. You can choose to do as few or as many lessons as you wish but as a guide most couples require approximately 5 lessons for a routine or 1-3 for a few basics. Lessons are usually commenced 6-8 weeks before your wedding day to allow for busy diaries (although last minute lessons can often be accommodated, early booking is recommended).

Other members of your wedding party might welcome the chance to improve their own dance skills, and group lessons for up to four couples can also be arranged. Pink/gay couples very welcome - see FAQ.

Booking Terms & Conditions
A deposit of £42 is payable upon receipt of your booking confirmation. The deposit forms the payment of your final hour of dance tuition with The-First-Dance or cancellation fees (whole or part of).

The deposit must be received at least 7 days prior to commencement of lessons. If payment is not received The-First-Dance reserves the right to cancel the booking.

Cancellation Policy – a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to lesson commencement is required to re-schedule or cancel a lesson. If less notice is given the full price of the lesson is payable. At least one weeks notice is preferred.

The-First-Dance reserves the right to cancel lessons within 24 hours notice due to illness or family emergency. If this occurs on the last lesson booked the deposit will be refunded by The-First-Dance.

In the event of cancellation or re-scheduling at the request of the client The-First-Dance cannot guarantee to re-arrange mutually suitable dates and times.

Gift Vouchers
Dance lessons make great pre-wedding, birthday and anniversary gifts and Gift Vouchers are available. Please contact me for more details.
Dance lessons are available from:
NB: Unavailable in July and August
Minimum 1 ½ hour lessons only
10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm to 7.30 pm
NB: Unavailable in July and August
Minimum 1 ½ hour lessons only
10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Friday 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
No gimmicks or complicated packages just straight forward, competitive and affordable, pay as you go:

1 hour (£42)
1 ½ hours (£62)
2 hours (£82)

Prices include VAT and Studio Hire.
The dance studios are located at:

The Parochial Rooms,
42 The Broadway,

Pay & Display car parking is available behind The Library, off Park Road.

Map showing Cheam Village

Purley Sports Club
The Ridge,
Off Farm Lane,

Purley Sports Club has free on-site parking.

Map showing Purley Sports Club

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