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Dance Schools


Contact: Ray Bulpitt

Location: Wilmslow

Ray is a Fellow, Examiner and Life Member of the United Kingdom Alliance. He has been coaching all the Ballroom styles at social, amateur and professional level for over 40 years and still enjoys the excitement of beginner sessions with students mastering their first steps. He is a registered adjudicator with the World Dance Sport Federation and regularly officiates at prestige dance events at home and abroad. He has had a long involvement in Music, Dance and Drama as a Trainer, Coach, Choreographer and Theatre Director. In his spare time Ray is a keen member of the string section of the Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra and the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra.

ACS Dance Centre

Contact: Diana Clifford / Charles Richman

Location: Romford

We’re an inclusive ISTD Ballroom and Latin studio. Our aim is to get everyone dancing, whether you like to lead or follow with classes or private lessons at all levels. Plus we have a social practice night the last Saturday in the month welcoming same sex and LGBT+ dancers and their friends.

Ansell Dance

Contact: Ansell Chezan

Contact: Ansell Chezan

Location: London & Essex

Ansell is a Director, Executive Council Member, Fellow and Examiner of UKA dance, and a Life Member of the ISTD and IDTA. He held International Championship Adjudicating Licences with the British Dance Council (BDC), World Dance Council (WDC), and International Dance Organization (IDO). Ansell also holds a BDC Scrutineers Licence. Ansell provides teaching in the London and Essex boarder area in many forms of dance.

Ballroom Courses by Michael Litke

Contact: Michael Litke

Location: Pineapple Dance Studios, Covent Garden, London

Michael and his team run group lessons and private tuitions at different levels at the world famous Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden since 2003. Michael has become European Same-Sex Latin Champion in Berlin in 2017 and World Same-Sex Ballroom Vice Champion in Paris in 2018. He also holds Licentiate in Ballroom and Latin of ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) training numerous same-sex couples.

Bristol Equality Dance

Contact: Norma Daykin

Location: Bristol

Bristol Equality Dance offers latin, ballroom, salsa and line dancing for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends in the South West of England and Wales. The project is led by Norma Daykin, who holds associate teaching qualifications with the ISTD and the UKA, and is a Professor of Arts and Wellbeing and also a musician who draws on her unique combination of skills to offer fun and inclusive classes and social events, often featuring live music. Norma danced as a child, working her way through medal tests, but felt discouraged as an adult and only returned once she discovered the international same sex dance scene, enjoying the opportunities it affords to dance, compete and make friends with dancers from many countries.

Cactus Club

Contact: Peter Flockhart

Location: Dulwich

Started in 1993, The Cactus Club was set up to introduce line dancing to the London LGBT scene. Since then, even with many changes in venue and taste, we are still going strong. We teach line dancing and gender neutral ‘western’ couple dancing to whoever wants to learn at The Two Brewers in Clapham. For those who enjoy ballroom – we hold gender-neutral tea dances every few months at The Grafton Dance centre in Dulwich.

Charles Richman Dance Studios

Contact: 07956 957038

Location: Essex

Charles has been teaching for over 25 years now and is a Fellow and Examiner of the ISTD and also a Fellow of the IDTA. He is an ISTD Latin American Faculty committee member and a senior Dancesport teacher at Anthony Clifford Studios in Romford, Essex. He offers classes and private lessons for all levels from beginner to professional. Recently he has launched a brand new Same Sex Social, at Anthony Clifford Studios, on the last Saturday of each month and is hoping to offer classes in the near future. Over the years he has enjoyed being part of the same sex dance community and is delighted to be a new affiliate member of the UKEDC.

Cheek2Cheek Brighton

Contact: Chair of Cheek2Cheek

Location: Brighton

Cheek2Cheek, a not-for-profit Ballroom and Latin Dance Group, has been running since 1998 in and around Brighton.  Currently based at Court Farm Studios, Falmer, we aim to provide a relaxed and friendly environment for people from the LGBTQ+ community to socialise and learn to dance.  

We run three one-hour classes every Tuesday for Beginners (6.30pm), Improvers (7.30pm) and Intermediates (8.30pm).  Within each class we cover one ballroom and one Latin dance and cycle the dances every two weeks.  We have been part of Brighton Lesbian and Gay Sports’ Society (BLAGSS) for around 5 years.  If you have been a spectator at Brighton PRIDE, you will have seen us dancing the entire Parade Route!  

Hill Dance Academy

Contact: Malcolm Hill

Location: London (South & East)

We offer a warm welcome with a friendly learning environment to everyone, no matter what level you are commencing at. Whether you are wanting to learn the basics, take medal tests, compete or even train to become a teacher yourself, we cater to each individual’s needs. Malcolm is a Fellow and Examiner of the ISTD. He has a wealth of experience training all levels of dancer, from complete beginner to those training for their own professional qualifications. So whether you are wanting to learn just the basics for social dancing or develop your dancing to a competitive or professional level, you will be in safe hands with a friendly and warm environment.

Foxtrot Oscar

Contact: Isabel Williams

Location: London (Central)

Foxtrot Oscar is a newly formed Ballroom and Latin American Dance collective, which aims to deconstruct the gender stereotypes that partner-style dancing is based on and has developed from. We aim to provide a safe and inclusive space for practising this art form, and an environment conducive to making new friends, particularly among young professionals in the capital who are often lacking such a community. 

It is different from any other Ballroom and Latin American dance studio available given its particular focus on the woman’s perspective – whether that be deconstructing the idea that female latin dancers must wear heels and must follow the desires of their male partner; or changing cultural concepts whereby women feel as though they have to be asked to dance by a man at a social event before taking to the floor, and furthermore, not being able to say no if they do not wish to dance with that person. 

Our focus is on social events, community-building and shows, and the studio will not participate in competitive Ballroom circuits. We are just starting out so currently only run weekly Beginner classes on a Thursday evening in Marleybone, central London, but hope to add more events/classes to our programme in the future. Everyone is welcome and classes are open to all – hope to see you there!

Ian Saville

Contact: Ian Saville


Impetus Dance Community Interest Company

Contact: Louise Bowman

Location: Bridgend South Wales

Impetus Dance believes everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves through dance with no boundaries to age, ability or how we relate to ourselves. We are affiliated to Disability Sports Wales as a Silver In-Sport Accredited club & Para Dance UK. Our dance instructor and team coach, Louise is an IDTA Associate Ballroom Teacher, Para Dance wheelchair level 2 & DDS trained instructor and an HCPC registered Occupational Therapist.

We run weekly dance classes, workshops, deliver dance projects and Coach the Welsh Para Dance & Inclusive Dance Sport Teams. Although we are predominantly based in Bridgend we do also run occasional projects throughout South Wales. 

London Dance Studio

Contact: Roswitha Wetschka

Location: London

Roswitha Wetschka, a successful active same-sex dance competitor, offers individual technique and choreography lessons and coaching from beginners to medalists and competitors level. She also organize the weekly Wednesday Drop-In class (“where anybody can lead or follow”) in the Barons Court area with Beginners to Advanced level for Ballroom and Latin. Anybody is welcome, half of the dancers are same-sex dancers. From 9pm to 10pm it’s social/practice time.

Louise Sampson

Contact: Rhythm & Dance

Location: Dorset

 Principal at Rhythm & Dance, Dorset. In addition to teaching as a Fellow ISTD, Louise holds a BDC Adjudicators Licence for both Competitions and Championships.  She regularly adjudicates for mainstream and equality competitions both home and abroad.  A highlight has been adjudicating at the 10th Gay Games – Paris 2018. She is also a Level 2 Para Dance Sport Instructor and adjudicates in Para Dance Sport Competitions.

Manchester Dance

Contact: Darren Hulme

Location: Manchester

Darren runs his dance school in Denton, east Manchester. After 30 years of teaching children. Darren now focuses only on Adult’s Ballroom & Latin dance lessons of all levels. He is also a very active international adjudicator and proud member of the WDO. He is also the organiser of the World’s first WDO World Formation Dance championships in Blackpool tower on 4th March 2023 under his new company Dazzling Events.

Mr Ballroom

Contact: Mariusz Stankiewicz

Location: London

Mariusz Rafal Stankiewicz is a Fellow Teacher of Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance offering dance classes in Archawy for all dancers of all levels. With over 25 years of experience Mariusz also offers private tuition, technique classes, masterclasses and is available for lecturing and adjudicating (BDC and WDC licences).

Pink Jukebox

Contact: Jacky Logan

Location: London

A London-based Ballroom and Latin dance club for members of the LGBT community and their friends.

Savoy Entertainment

Contact: Jo Taylor & Louise Hunt

Location: Brighton

Savoy Entertainment teach Ballroom, Latin, their own solo class Latino Solo & Salsa, Louise also DJ’s Ballroom & Latin social events and competitions, together Jo & Louise compete on the same sex circuit and perform at various events throughout the Country. They also host their own social events, including The Great British Vintage Tea Dance.