Dance Styles

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Ballroom
  • Waltz
  • Quickstep
  • Foxtrot
  • Social Foxtrot
  • Tango
  • Viennese Waltz
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Latin Dance
  • Cha Cha Cha
  • Samba
  • Rumba
  • Jive
  • Paso Doble
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Club Latin
  • Argentine Tango
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • Salsa
  • Merengue
  • Mambo
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Other Styles
  • Modern Sequence
  • Classical Sequence
  • Line Dancing

Ballroom Dancing

The term ‘ballroom dancing’ is derived from the word which in turn originates from the Latin word ballare which means ‘to dance’ (a ball-room being a large room specially designed for such dances). In times past, ballroom dancing was social dancing for the privileged, leaving folk dancing for the lower classes. These boundaries have since become blurred, and it should be noted even in times long gone, many ballroom dances were really elevated folk dances. The definition of ballroom dance also depends on the era: balls have featured popular dances of the day such as the Minuet, Quadrille, Polonaise, Polka, Mazurka, and others, which are now considered to be historical dances.

Latin Dance

Latin dance is a general label, and a term in partner dance competition jargon. It refers to types of ballroom dance and folk dance that (with few exceptions) originated in Latin America. The category of Latin dances in the international dancesport competitions consists of the cha-cha-cha, rumba, samba, paso doble, and also the jive of United States origin. Social Latin dances include salsa, mambo, merengue, tumba, bachata, bomba, plena, and the Argentine tango. There are many dances which were popular in the first part of the 20th century, but which are now of only historical interest. The Cuban danzón is a good example.

Stephen Holmes

About Steve

Steve has been teaching dance in the Stroud area, Gloucestershire for over 30 years. Styles taught include Ballroom, Latin, Salsa and Line Dancing .

Social Dances

Regular social dances are held, where you can practice your dance skills in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere and meet other dance enthusiasts.

Group and Private Tuition

Group lessons are available for ballroom, Latin and line dancing. Private tuition is also available for all dance styles listed above, including wedding dance choreography. Gift vouchers are available for private tuition and all dance classes. More details of what we offer are given below

What we offer

Group Classes
£5 per person per class

Why not join in with one of our weekly group sessions and make friends while learning to dance?

Monday – Nailsworth Comrades Club, Nailsworth, GL6 0JE – DIRECTIONS 7:15 – 8:15pm – Beginners 8:30 – 9:30pm – Improvers/ Intermediate Friday – Eastcombe Village Hall, GL6 7DS – DIRECTIONS 7:15 – 8:15pm – Mixed Abilities 8:30 – 9:30pm – Beginners
Social Dances
7.30 - 10.30pm Sunday

Why not come to our Sunday Night Ballroom Social Dances to practice what you've learnt?

Eastcombe Village Hall, GL6 7DS – DIRECTIONS
A cocktail of Ballroom, Latin, Popular Sequence
A free cup of tea/ coffee and biscuits will be provided during the dance.
Entrance (on the door) £6.00 per person
Dress code: Smart casual (no jeans)

Tea Dances
2.00 - 4.00pm Friday

Why not come and show off your skills at our Friday Ballroom Tea Dances?

Eastcombe Village Hall, GL6 7DS – DIRECTIONS
A cocktail of Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence.
A free cup of tea/ coffee and cake will be provided during the dance.
Entrance (on the door) £5.00 per person
Dress code: Smart casual (no jeans)

Line Dance Lessons

Fancy learning to line dance? Come along to our twice weekly sessions.

Tuesday nights – Avening Social Club, GL8 8NG – DIRECTIONS
8:00 – 10:30pm
Entrance (on the door) £5.00 per person, per class.

Thursday nights – Eastcombe Village Hall, GL6 7DS – DIRECTIONS
7:00 – 8:00pm
Entrance (on the door) £4.50 per person, per class.

Personal Dance Lessons

If you need some dedicated coaching please contact us.

We provide one-to-one tuition in Ballroom and Latin American dance for all abilities – from complete beginners to those taking professional exams.

Wedding Dance Lessons

Make your first dance on your wedding day one to remember!

Simply provide us with your chosen track or if you prefer we can advise suitable music.

We will assess your ability very quickly, choreograph suitable dance steps and give you the tuition you need to dance with confidence and WOW your family and friends on your special day.

Gift Vouchers

Stuck for a present? Give the gift of dance.

Gift vouchers are available for both private tuition and group classes.  Why not give an early wedding present to the bride and groom and allow them to prepare their first dance?

Get in Touch

Please leave a short message, name and number and Steve will get back to you or contact him directly on the number or email below.


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Nailsworth Comrades Club

Eastcombe Village Hall

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About Steve Holmes School of Dance

Steve teaches dance in and around Stroud, Glos with group lessons and social dances held regularly.

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