Caroline Coomber School of Dance
Professional Tuition in Ballroom, Latin, Rock 'n' Roll, Sequence, and Belly Dance
Come along and experience the joy of learning to dance at our regular sessions in Elgin and Inverness. Ballroom, Latin American, Classical Sequence, and Rock 'n' Roll are all taught by Caroline Coomber, a Professional Dance Teacher who is a member of the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance and an Associate of the International Dance Teachers Association.
Our sessions include classes, workshops, practice sessions, private tuition, wedding tuition and social dance events, medal work, and competition work.
Once a year we hold a Medal Test Day, and we regularly invite top class Professional Dancers to the area to demonstrate and lecture for us. In the last few years we have had Richard Still and Morgan Hemphill; Ben Taylor and Stefanie Bosen; Michael and Lauren Hemera; and AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt (who are now working as Professional dancers on 'Strictly Come Dancing').
Saturday 19 January at Lossiemouth Town Hall:
Social Dance evening
On Saturday evening 19 January we will have a Social Dance to celebrate the end of Medal Test day, at Lossiemouth Town Hall, 7.30pm until midnight, £7 at the door, children free. Bring your own drinks and snacks. No raffle this time.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas &
A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year
Thank you so much for all your support in 2018. We have had another successful year of busy classes, and also a busy year with regard to Competitions: well done to our competitors, you all did us proud at these events. And there's a lot to look forward to in 2019, starting with our Medal Tests on Saturday 19 January.
Ballroom & Latin Classes for Beginners
in Inverness and Elgin
Tuesday evenings in Inverness, 8pm – 9pm
Wednesday evenings in Elgin, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
These classes are aimed at the complete Beginner. You will gradually learn short, straightforward routines in Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango, Cha Cha Cha, Jive, and Rumba, and at a later date we will move onto Samba, Paso Doble and Viennese Waltz.
If you are unable to bring a partner then it is fine to come along on your own. Classes are friendly, welcoming and enjoyable and a great way to exercise and meet new friends.
Please contact me for further details.
Sequence Dance Class in Elgin
In this Class, which runs in Elgin on Friday afternoons 12.15pm – 13.15pm, we are concentrating on Classical Sequence but covering Popular Sequence dances too.
Please contact me for more information.
Rock 'n' Roll Class in Lossiemouth/Elgin
Anyone can attend, whether you have tried Rock 'n' Roll before or you are a complete Beginner, we cater for everyone. The steps are very straightforward and lots of fun, and allow you to dance to fast music without getting out of breath!
Please contact me for more information, and next date (this is not a weekly class).
Discount on Dance Shoes and Dancewear
I now receive teacher discount from Move Dancewear. They stock a great choice of Latin and Ballroom Dance Shoes at competitive prices and I can also recommend their Dancewear. Delivery is free when you spend a minimum of £30, which is another great saving. I also receive teacher discount from Supadance, Ray Rose, Freed of London, and International Dance Shoes.
I am happy to order shoes for you so you can benefit from these discounts. All I ask is that if they don’t fit or they are unsuitable, you have the responsibility of dealing with the returns/exchanges.
Medal Tests News
Medal Tests weekend on 18/19 January
Our Medal Tests will be on Saturday 19 January at Lossiemouth Town Hall. Medal Tests Practice Sessions will be held, also at Lossiemouth Town Hall, 7pm – 9pm, on the following Fridays: 14 December, 4 January, 11 January, and 18 January (details for this date may change).
There also will be a Workshop on the evening of Friday 18 January, followed by time for last minute practice.
On Saturday evening we’ll be having our usual Social Dance to celebrate the end of Medal Test day at the same venue.
If you have any queries at all with regard to Medal Tests, just get in touch.
Doing Medal Tests
Doing Medal Tests improves your dancing and your confidence, it makes you practice and it gives you something to aim for. All grades are done through the UKA (UK Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance). The award you receive (a beautiful Certificate and a Medal) is recognised internationally and the UKA do Medal Tests worldwide.
Weekend with Michael and Lauren a huge success
Our demonstration couple for 2018 were Michael Hemera and Lauren McFarlane Hemera. On Saturday 7 April at Lossiemouth Town Hall they performed a five-Dance Latin Show for us, and they also presented Medals and Certificates to those who did their exams in September 2017. On Sunday morning they lead a couple of Latin workshops.
Fabulous Medal Tests Weekend
On 29 and 30 September 2017 we had a fabulous Medal Tests weekend: a mixture of Medal Tests, Workshops, private lessons, and Social Dance evening. Joan Martin, our examiner, was just amazing and gave us so much of her time during her stay. She was so wonderful to everyone and having a friendly examiner makes all the difference when it comes to nerves! I am so proud of all those who took their tests. You all worked so hard and you all danced so well just when it mattered on the Big Day.
Dancesport Scotland Competitions
Competition Dates for 2019:
28 April — Falkirk Town Hall
1 September — Falkirk Town Hall
27 October — Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
1 December — Scottish Closed Championships, Glasgow
For more information: www.dancesportscotland.org
Competitions in 2018
In 2018 we've had a busy year with regard to competitions. We started off at Champions of Tomorrow in January at the Blackpool Winter Gardens; then Falkirk in April and September; and Aberdeen in October.
Well done to all our competitors: Frankie Barton and Kirsteen Fraser; Toby MacDonald Haig and Emily Barker; Brian Watt and Kathy McGrath Gunn; Hakon Soreide and Amina Adamu; Billy Wilson and Margaret Ryan; and Peter Alexander and Joanne Bugden (I hope I haven’t missed anyone out!). You all did us proud at these events.
Peter and Joanne also competed at the Scottish Closed Championships in Glasgow and gave a very good account of themselves, gaining a 6th place.
Aberdeen 28 October 2018
The competition on Sunday 28 October at Aberdeen Beach Ballroom was the busiest I have ever seen it. I am very proud of our six couples who all got good results. Thank you to all of you who came to spectate and to support us.
Falkirk 9 September 2018
Three of our couples competed in Dancesport Scotland's competition in Falkirk. They were trying out new routines for the first time in a competitive environment and all did extremely well.
Falkirk 18 March 2018
What a fantastic day we had at the Falkirk Dancesport Scotland Competition where we had three of our couples admirably representing our Dance School. They were up against some serious opposition but they weren't at all phased and scored a very impressive array of results.
Blackpool 6 January 2018
On Saturday 6 January we had three couples representing us at the Champions of Tomorrow Competition in the world-famous Empress Ballroom at Blackpool Winter Gardens. They did us proud in what is a notoriously difficult event to progress in. They were up against very stiff competition and were dancing in front of around 3000 people.