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').
Ballroom & Latin American Beginners Classes in Inverness and Elgin
I have just started two new Classes for absolute Beginners in Ballroom and Latin American Dancing:
– Tuesdays, 8.30pm – 9.30pm, in Inverness at Green Hall Smithton;
– Thursdays, 6pm – 7pm, in Elgin at Elgin City Football Club.
Over the weeks we will be covering basic steps in dances such as Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive and more, with a view to gradually building up short routines.
Everyone is welcome even if you don’t have a partner. Come and learn to dance in a warm and welcoming atmosphere and meet new friends. £6.00 per session per person.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Sunday 15 December:
Christmas Dance & Ten Dance Demonstration
with Tibor Poc and Hilary Mouat
This year, our Christmas Dance will be on Sunday 15 December, from 1.30pm until 6pm, at Lossiemouth Town Hall. Everyone welcome, including friends and family. It will be an afternoon of general dancing with a mixture of Ballroom, Latin, Sequence and Ceilidh dancing. Bring your own snacks and drinks.
We have an extra special event this year as Tibor Poc and Hilary Mouat from Edinburgh are going to give us a Ten Dance show later in the afternoon. They are a superb couple who have been Scottish Champions many times and who are always immaculately turned out. Not many couples have the capacity to demonstrate the Ballroom and Latin dances; most couples specialise in one or the other, so it will be very special to see Tibor and Hilary in action.
Ticket sales are going well. £14 for adults and £5 for children and are available at the Classes and Sessions. It will also be possible to purchase tickets at the door on the day.
As we normally do at Christmas time, we will be having a raffle with the proceeds going to a local cause. This year the money will go to charity Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) who fund research and provide support to improve blood cancer patients' lives: www.justgiving.com/callum-tweedie whose mum and dad come to one of our Wednesday classes. You are always so generous with your raffle prizes. Any donations would be very gratefully received.
Sunday Practice Sessions in Lossiemouth
Weekly dance practice sessions are at Lossiemouth Town Hall every Sunday from 11am until 1pm. All welcome. We have decided on £5 per person at the moment to ensure that hall hire costs are met but this may be reduced in the future if there is a good regular attendance.
This is being run by Brian Watt and Kathy McGrath Gunn with support from Hakon Soreide and Amina Adamu. I won’t be attending regularly but I’ll probably come along from time to time.
Practice sessions are always very sociable and enjoyable. Practice the steps you’ve learned in class and meet new friends; our more experienced dancers are always more than happy to help you if you forget something. Why not bring along a flask of coffee and some biscuits or a packed lunch? Or go out to lunch afterwards in one of the many fantastic eateries in the Lossiemouth area?
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
Next Medal Tests on Saturday 18 January
Our next Medal Tests will take place on Saturday 18 January at Lossiemouth Town Hall, and once again we have the wonderful Joan Martin from Teesside as our examiner.
As usual, she will also run some Workshops and will be available for Private Lessons for those who want them. Details to follow.
I have arranged Medal Test Practice Sessions in the venue for those planning to take their tests.
Application forms are now available at the classes or I can email one to you on request. Please contact me for more information.
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
Aberdeen 27 October 2019
Our three couples who competed in the Dancesport Scotland Northern Trophy Day at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen were all fantastic and did so well against some stiff opposition. This is a lovely competition at a unique venue and with a supportive and friendly atmosphere.
Falkirk 1 September 2019
Representing our Dance School were Peter Alexander and Joanne Bugden, and Brian Watt and Kathy McGrath Gunn. Both couples had been working exceptionally hard and practicing non stop, and were also trialing new routines. They scored impressive results.
Falkirk 28 April 2019
We had two couples taking part in the Dancesport Scotland Competition on Sunday 28 April 2019 at Falkirk Town Hall. We had a fantastic day with both our couples, all experienced, successful competitors, dancing really well — a credit to our Dance School.