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The Show Must Go On!

THE SHOW MUST GO ON! And on the 21st April 2022 – it finally did. Many congratulations to the whole cast of dancers and singers and to the front of […]

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How to learn basic ballet with First Dance Studios

Back by popular demand – how to learn basic ballet is back on!  Here at First Dance Studios, we say that ballet is a beautiful, enchanting and artistic form of […]

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Happy Birthday First Dance Studios

Happy Birthday to us, happy birthday to us, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wow, First Dance Studios is….drum roll please….celebrating it’s SUPER SEVENTEEN! That’s right, we are 17 years old. And we thought […]

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Fit for Show!

Welcome to Fit For Show! This is your 6 week call to the stage. Super Sophie has done it again and welcomes you to get Show Ready with First Dance […]

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* Happy 20th First Dance Anniversary *

Love is in the air and now on the dance floor! It’s official, it’s our 20th Anniversary! First Dance Studios has been teaching wedding and celebration First Dances for 20, […]

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What is Technical Jazz?

In part 3 of our jazz dance series we explore Technical Jazz. At First Dance Studios our dance teachers have spent hours dancing and teaching and as dancers working the […]

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What is Super Saturday?

Time to super8 this Saturday because it is the weekend and it is time to dance! Yes, Super Saturday with First Dance Studios with 8 dance and fitness classes for […]

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What is StretchFlow?

With over 35 adult dance and fitness classes a week, First Dance Studios has a packed and busy timetable. So a big but calm hello to StretchFlow. A gentle 30 […]

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H is for Healthkick – Join us for our advice workshop

Welcome back to everyone that is having a go at our Creative Challenges. We are firmly in Winter and as I look outside the pond is frozen and ice has […]

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Thank you to all of you

To all of our wonderful dancers, creators, friends and family – THANK YOU. In a roller-coaster year we have been honoured and touched that so many of you have danced […]

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First Dance Studios Dance Magazine – Christmas Issue

Hot off the press! It’s the First Dance Studios Dance Magazine – Christmas Issue. Grab yourself a drink, silence that phone and take a self care moment and take a […]

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Christmas Fair & Art Exhibition

Picture the scenes… You are wandering round a local art exhibition, warm cup of mulled wine in hand, tucking into a festive bake as you gather some Christmas present inspo. […]

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Festive Fitmas

Ohhh it’s beginning to sound a little bit Christmas and at First Dance Studios we are excited to bring you some festive cheer with our fun fitness feast that is […]

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Time for the Technical Ballet challenge

Yes, time for a technical challenge. No, not that one in the marquee with the other bakers, instead we are in the dance studio and taking the Technical Ballet challenge […]

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Christmas Dance Vouchers

The John Lewis advert is live, you’ve bought the highlighters ready for the double issue Radio Times and now to check Santa’s list for who has been naughty and nice. […]

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Karen Theunissen – Our Double Dancer

And we are back in the dance room and this week it’s the turn of our Sparkly Shuffler, Horsell Hoofer and all round dancing superstar that is Karen. With a […]

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The First Dance Studios Gallery

  Welcome to our First Dance Studios Gallery Page – check out our studio, our dance and fitness classes, our teachers and much more. Take a peek at Ballet, Tap, […]

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Samantha Thomason – our Brilliant Barre-ista

Welcome once again to our series on our fantastic dance & fitness teachers. Today we have Sam who is our latest addition to our fitness classes, raising the barre for […]

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Sophie Vickery – our Fitness Finalist

We continue our First Dance Studios series about our First Dancers aka our fantastic dance teachers. This week grapevining their way onto the floor – we have our Fitness Fille […]

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Introducing – The A-Z Creative Challenge Exhibition

Picass-who? Claude Mon-ehh? Michelangel-old news! The famous creatives can step aside because they ain’t a patch on our lot! First Dance Studios presents: the A-Z Creative Challenge Exhibition On Saturday 4 […]

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How to choose your dance – a handy guide

Dance is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. It is a great corporal workout and a way to give the brain a challenge as […]

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Diana Towe – our Dance Champion

Welcome to our new First Dance Studios series about our First Dancers aka our fantastic dance teachers. This week we have Diana – our sassy street jazz champion who is […]

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How to Tap Dance – FDS Style

And so with another stamp, stamp, pick up, pick up we say CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s Tap Basics Workshop tappers! Well done each and every one of you, tap springing […]

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Love Fitness? Love the Summer Fitness Bundle!

Did you hear that sound? That is your text dinging to tell you that it is time. Time to get the Summer Bundle of Fitness Fun. Keep fit, get stronger […]

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Meet me at the Barre

Time for us all to chassé our summer fitness goals because have we got news for you. First Dance Studios is proud to announce a new dance and fitness class […]

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Time for a dance with a Brew(er) or two!

Tell me you love to dance without telling me you love to dance. I’ll go first….I’ve just booked onto the Two Brewers Latin Street dance class this weekend! Just when […]

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Time for your First Dance – wedding special

Congratulations! We hear that you are getting married! We are very happy for you both as you head towards your upcoming nuptials. Today and now, more than ever, take the […]

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Bring it on in Bootcamp

After the success of the Love Fitness challenges this year, we felt that it was time to get going and get tough with Bootcamp. This new fitness class taught by […]

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*First Dance Studios Re-OPENS*

Don’t stop moving to the First Dance Studios beat! We are going giddy with excitement here because our home away from home, our dance & fitness studio is to RE-OPEN […]

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What is jazz dance? Part 2

And we’re back in the room. The zoom room for now but we have everything crossed for studio land to re-open. For now, dancers assemble in a jazz forth position […]

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Listen to the FDS Dance Playlist

Ok, you’ve side stepped in Theatre jazz, you’ve wrist rolled in Musical Theatre a la Fosse, you’ve flick kicked in Drop off and Dance and you’ve stepped it out with […]

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What is a dance choreographer?

Week in and week out our wonderful teachers deliver dance to us. But have you ever wondered how they manage to come up with such cracking dance routines for our […]

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What is jazz dance? Part 1

Welcome back to the stage dancers! We very much hope you have enjoyed your Easter break. Personally I indulged in my other passion that is chocolate. Now onto dance matters. […]

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Are you a beginner to dance?

Is this your first time? Dance can be daunting if are you new to the discipline but here at First Dance Studios we are very much of the opinion that […]

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It’s the Love Fitness on Countdown!

It is time. Yes, Easter is almost here and we are in clutching distance of April 2021. The flowers are blossoming, the air is feeling warmer and we’ve got the […]

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Best snacks to eat before Dance & Fitness class

Did you know that the NHS classify dance classes as a “moderate” type of fitness exercise? Honestly – look it up and let’s just say, they’ve obviously never been to […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

Give the gift that your dance mum would love – First Dance Studios Mother’s Day Dance Gift Cards! We have four that you can buy as a gift for your […]

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Love Fitness ON DEMAND

How was it for you? “Love February, Love Fitness” has been amazing and everyone has been working so hard with visible results! Well done! No don’t hit the pause button […]

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What shoes do I need for dance?

Time to peep that shoe! Here at First Dance Studios we love shoes with soul and soles. For our dance and fitness disciplines, we can talk for hours about what […]

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Join the HIIT squad

If, like me one of your new year goals is to take pity on the bathroom scales and loose a little of the love handles, this fabulous fitness discipline that […]

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What are Ronds de Jambe?

At first glance the words Ronds de Jambe could be describing some yummy delicacy from afar. But here at First Dance Studios we speak fluent dance and know that this […]

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Coming over all Charleston

Brewer’s Ballroom takes our hand and leads us to the dance floor as today we chat all things Charleston. This is a specialist dance, along with salsa, that are mainly […]

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Brewer’s BINGO

Knock at the Door! Time to hit the dance floor! This week, First Dance Studios brings you….Brewer’s BINGO. You’ll be wanting to get your Legs Eleven out to join in. […]

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Super 6 on Saturday

You and dance – makes a great combo don’t cha think? Yes, here at First Dance Studios we’ll take that combo, thank you very much. But let’s add a little…spice! […]

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“Love Fitness, Love February”

Love is in the air….everywhere we dance around and now this February, First Dance Studios shares the love with you! February is the month of love and so henceforth “LOVE […]

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Tap Tricks and Tips!

Pick up where you left off! At First Dance Studios, be aware that tap is very addictive. Tap dancing definitely needs to come with a “we’re having too much fun” […]

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Kids go Free-Style in Dance

I love to dance, you love to dance and children of all ages love to dance! So what better way than to let off steam and get rocking and rolling […]

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What musicals did Stephen Sondheim write?

Tuesday, Tuesday, is never like any other day. Why I hear you cry? Because for the next few weeks in Musical theatre we are stepping into the spectacular showmaker of […]

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What is Jive dance?

You could be jive talkin’ but instead today we are going to go through some jive dancing! Why? Because jiggling to jive is fun, fitness friendly, fast & furious & […]

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Happy Dance Today

Feeling in limbo this lockdown? Need a bit of a pick-me-up? Then, quit feeling sad in quarantine. Avoid the quaran-tinis and instead, every Thursday try out the “Karen-Tini.”  Enjoy a […]

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WINSDAY DANCES

Win every Wednesday because we have SEVEN dance and fitness classes for you for your daily exercise. It really is a Winsday with First Dance Studios! What dance and fitness […]

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A-Z Creativity Challenge

Who wants to give their brain an extra workout? Who wants to be entertained for the next 8 weeks? Who needs a fun challenge during these chilly months to keep […]

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Saturday Six-Pack of DANCE

TGIS – thank goodness it’s (almost) SATURDAY. And what do we all do on a Saturday? We DANCE! Today First Dance Studios we have 6 sensational sessions for you to […]

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What to wear to dance?

Here at First Dance Studios we often get asked this question. What should I wear to ballet? What clothing do I need for Zumba? I shall outline a few outfits […]

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Dance Club is Back!

Back by popular demand, Dance Club welcome to the stage! This free club to talk all things dance starts back again on Monday 18th January. From 7.30pm – 8.30pm join […]

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Tap Technique – Masterclass

Make a date with the latest Tap-torial Masterclass this month! Throughout January grab your tap shoes, choose your zoom room (hall way, kitchen, living room) and join us every Saturday […]

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Let’s Dance in Lockdown

After the Christmas holidays, January can always feel long, grey and did I mention looooooong? And now lockdown?! Again, seriously? However this January with First Dance Studios, inject some colour, […]

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New Year, New Dances

Happy New Year! We are back – with new dances, a new timetable and more fun to keep you shaking and moving. If like moi, you have found yourself grazing […]

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And the winners are…

What a finale! Strictly was sparkly, showy and FAB-YULE-OUS! And what a winning show stopper from Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse. Did you watch the glittery dance show season final? […]

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Thank you & Merry Christmas

THANK YOU SO MUCH. Thank you each and every one of you. This year has been quite the spicy guest on the dance floor right?! However, we have loved dancing […]

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Christmas Soiree

It’s time to PARTY! Join us for fun, frolics and festivities. We have quizzes, awards, prizes and a fun evening ahead planned. Time to glam up, get your drinks and […]

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Give the Gift of Dance

The tree is up, the decorations are twinkling and you’ve spent the second lockdown writing Christmas cards and juggling the Christmas food order while snacking on many mince pies. But […]

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Studio Saturday

How exciting is it to be back at the studio? On the scale of 5, 6, 7, 8 it is about 160 bpm!  It has been so wonderful seeing many […]

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Dance Studio OPEN

Home studio HOME! Yes, once again our Dance studio is open again for dance classes. We are very excited and we have just over two weeks of amazing dance classes […]

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Dance the Day Away

We love to dance and on Saturday we have a show stopping, stomp stepping, sizzling spectacular day of dance!  We at First Dance Studios are offering 7 dance classes and 5 […]

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Here come the kids!

For many of us, dancing in childhood was simply jumping about to the charts on the radio in the kitchen. However many of us started formal dance at children’s dance […]

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Black Friday Deal – Bring a Friend for Free!

So, wanna know a little secret? Come a bit closer….closer….perfect…Right, well, between us pals and gals, dancing makes us feel good/happy/alive/joyful/amazing and all of those and much more. And here […]

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Sunday Stretches

Ohhh and stretch! Ease yourself into Sunday with some Stretch Flow. Every Sunday at 10.45am Sophie leads us in an effective self care stretch routine. Great for opening up those […]

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Time to Talk Time Steps 

Sat in the dark, you wait. Then a sliver of light appears on the floor of the stage. And as the curtain rises, you see and hear all those pairs […]

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What is Pilates?

Pilates and dance go together like strawberries and cream. Here at First Dance studios we are lucky to have pilates teacher Hayley and her fitness body conditioning at the studios. Pilates […]

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High time to get some HIIT

Feeling the need for some high octane intensity fitness? Well First Dance Studios has the class for you. Sophie takes you through a fun, high intensity class that focuses on […]

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Major in Musical Theatre

Take your place for Magic, music, major merriment with the Musical Theatre crew. Thanks to the technical expertise of Vicky, Musical Theatre continues every Tuesday night at 5.30pm. Discover this […]

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Strictly Tea Break – it’s a 10 from FDS

The twirls, the tans, the sparkles, the hip rotations and yes the race to win the Glitter Ball trophy. Strictly Come Dancing is back! And with it First Dance Studios, […]

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Super Saturday

What’s your flavour of dance today? Are you in the mood for some ballet? Do you desire some jazz? Do you want to treat yourself to some tap? Or do […]

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Carry on with Choir!

Sing out loud even in lockdown. Time to focus on our Do-Ray-Mis. Did you know that First Dance Studios has it’s own choir? With choice choons, chats and chimes, our […]

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Learn Latin Dance in Lockdown

Who wants to dance with Samba-dy? You always have somebody to dance with at First Dance Studios. Yes indeed, mis amigos, we love to dance together online though the power of […]

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What is Contemporary Dance?

Let’s check in with contemporary this week. Here at First Dance Studios we are graced by the creative choreography champion that is Emily who gives everything to fantastic dance numbers. […]

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Want to join our Free New Club?

Starting this Monday and Tuesday evening, a free class where we all get together online and talk all things dance, shows and performance! How amazing is that? The idea is […]

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Become a Tap Dance Master

Now that we all have our own dance spaces at home during lockdown, time to take some tap steps and break them down. We at First Dance Studios are delighted to introduce […]

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Who needs some Ballet?

We all do! We all need some ballet steps to help keep us going while in lockdown. And here at First Dance Studios, Emma, Emily and Chrystele have 7 ballet […]

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Turn the TAP on!

Yes, turn it on to the max because we have two amazing “learn in lockdown” tap routines to get your feet and brains around this month. Did you say two? […]

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Time for Theatre Jazz

Again, step kick kick leap kick touch. Again, step kick kick leap kick touch. Right and that connects in with learning in lockdown because Emma will be teaching “I Hope […]

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And now we DANCE!

First things first. Even in lockdown the First Dance Studios family does one thing and one thing only. We keep dancing, together. And this week, in Drop off and Dance […]

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Dance classes carry on online!

Bong! This is the news! Yes, as you will have heard the UK Government has announced the 2nd lockdown of the year. And yes, this means that our beloved dance […]

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Want to join Street Jazz class?

Step into Street Jazz We have a fantastic new teacher that joined us here at First Dance Studios during lockdown. Diane-Louise Towe has joined the dance roster. Not only is […]

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What are the most common dance steps?

Dance disciplines share a few things in common. Music, movement and those steps. Many dance steps come up again and again because they serve a useful purpose in a routine. […]

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What is ballet?

Ballet dance is one of the most beautiful forms of dance discipline. Here at First Dance Studios our ballet dancers love to come together and dance. Ballet is an expressive […]

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What’s in your Dance Bag?

“Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile” so goes the song and we pack more than that into our dance bags. When you pop […]

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Tap Time!

Here at First Dance Studios we are very spoilt as we have not one but two very ahhh-mazing tap teachers!  What did you say? Yes, two tap teachers who make […]

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Zumba or Zoomba

What is Zumba? Since Zumba was introduced at First Dance Studios, it has become a firm favourite amongst our dance family. It’s fun, zany, fast and zuper! During lockdown in […]

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What does Dance mean to you?

Dance can mean so many things to so many people. A fitness programme. A way to express yourself. A place of connection with other people. Here at First Dance Studios […]

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Life is a Cabaret!

Well ain’t that the truth! What an experience it is to bounce around like a loon in your kitchen, singing and dancing in front of a screen of smiling faces […]

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Want to JUST DANCE?

Do you ever get that feeling that you just want to dance like no one is watching? Ohhh well there are a few classes at First Dance Studios where you […]

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Pilates and other Passions

So my initial thought when I was first asked to write a blog for the First Dance Studio website was what the hell will I write about!  My love of […]

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First Dance Studios is now…OPEN

Back to school and back to the studio! Yes, you read that right. First Dance Studios is now OPEN back at the wonderful Heather Farm, at the Prime Acrobatics Centre, […]

First Dance Studios FAQs

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Studio Guidance We continually keep an eye on the latest developments and classes in studio are a maximum of 10 people. Please read the latest rules for joining […]

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Inside your Zumba instructor’s brain!

Hi! I’m Sophie and I’m FDS’ Zumba Instructor. I’ve been teaching Zumba since 2015 and one of the questions I get asked a lot is ‘how do you do it?!’ […]

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Wave if you can hear me!

These were not words I was expecting to be saying whilst staring at my laptop screen in 2020, along such other classic lines “I’m putting you all on mute”, “Hang on, […]

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Dance and drama that binds us!

Every time I walk into the studio, or latterly open up Zoom, and dance with the lovely people I have met over the years I am reminded how lucky I […]

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Oh Blimey Ballroom Dance!

Teaching Ballroom & Latin is one of the best jobs I have ever done and definitely my most favourite style of dance to teach. But it has been (and continues […]

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