We will patiently prepare you to enjoy social dancing. There are no exams or tests, just coaching and encouragement in a friendly atmosphere. You will be introduced to the essentials of your chosen dance within weeks and then you will gradually grow in confidence and competence. We will introduce you to the local social dance scene where you will be able to join with fellow dancers to enjoy live bands and record hops. For 2019 we are offering discounted packages for four weeks of level 1 classes when you pre-book.

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We offer regular, discounted starting courses for new beginners.

Beginners benefit from plenty of revision which we include each week.

If you need help selecting the best way to start then contact us.


The most important thing to wear is a smile - it will make your dance partner very happy. Next you need shoes that allow you to turn easily on the ball of your foot: they should be secure and comfortable with a smooth sole. Clothing layers are a good idea so that you can adjust to suit the weather and the energy that you are burning. If you are exerting yourself during warm weather then a small sports towel can help you to stay fresh.


Dancing is a pleasant way to exercise safely and at your own pace, improving your balance, posture and agility. Our social events have dancers aged from their teens up to 80! We teach very accessible social dances where you control how much energy you want to use - both in the class and when you go out socially. We will never push you to over-exert yourself. 


It's great if you have someone to come with you to the class but it is absolutely NOT A REQUIREMENT. About half of our students are couples who come together.

We keep a good gender balance between 'leaders' and 'followers'.


Jive Cats classes are friendly affairs. You want to learn to dance in order to have fun and so we like to make sure that the fun is included from the start. We are here to help you to progress in ability and confidence and so we are VERY patient and happy to take questions.

Each evening starts with time dedicated to learning and personalised coaching in the basics with a short sequence of essential dance figures.

The following sessions include more demanding steps and figure variations. If part of the Level 2 class seems a bit too tricky for you we will show you how you can simplify it.

With patient progress just about anyone can become a competent dancers and, thankfully, the fun starts straight away.