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Ballroom & Latin Workshop: Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and essential Ballroom and Latin steps Saturday 26th January

Westies in Essex are delighted to add some Ballroom and Latin Workshops to their Dance events for 2019. You do not need to book with a partner to attend this workshop. This workshop is suitable for Beginners to Ballroom & Latin, but also for those of you who have some Ballroom & Latin experience! It is a ‘Mash up’ and looks like it is going to be a fun afternoon of dancing!
Doors open 12.45pm for Registration and pre workshop hot/cold drinks. PLEASE arrive promptly so we can get the show on the road at 1pm!
1pm – 2pm Sosa – Latin/Ballroom in line …Energising & Fun!
Sosa is a fabulous mix of Authentic dance rythmns and no partner is required. There will be a Ballroom and Latin in line dance feel to this workshop with some Merengue, Soca, Salsa, Line & Disco music. What is there not to like! a great way to warm up and get those feet moving to the music.
2.20pm – 3.20pm – Cha Cha Cha
The Cha Cha has been choreographed by Sue to suit a slotted social dancing style so that it does not travel too much so is going to be very danceable on a social dance floor
3.45pm – 4.30pm – Rumba 1
What better way to end the afternoon’s workshop but with some Sequence dancing. This is becoming hugely popular and is of course great fun to dance. The Rumba 1 is the most popular sequence dance and is danced regularly at Ballroom and Latin socials. It uses authentic steps from the beautiful rumba. It is danced in a circle with a partner. Knowing Sue and Adrian they are likely to give this Sequence Dance a bit of a fun twist at the end.
4.30pm – 6pm – TEA DANCE.
£20 Workshop if booking on one of our other Workshops we are hosting in January. Must be pre booked and pre paid before 1st January.
£25 If just booking on this Workshop
WE Can’t wait to get this show on the road!
Tel 01371 870303
A bit about Sue Mullins and Adrian W
Sue has been dancing Ballroom and Latin since 1972 taking medal exams with the IDTA and the NATD as lead and follow. During this time she competed in both Medalist and Open competitions in England and Europe. In 1998, she took her professional teaching qualification in Ballroom Dancing with NATD
Sue then went on to teach in various dance studios until 2005 when she opened her own dance school offering classes, Private lessons, social events, practice sessions & exams
Adrian joined in 2010 bringing not only Ballroom and Latin dance knowledge but also experience in Modern Jive
In 2013 Sue was Awarded an honorary degree with Associated Board of Dance and is also a qualified SOSA Dance Fitness instructor
More recently, Adrian and Sue have been teaching workshops, running regular ballroom, latin and sequence social dances, playing music at various Ballroom & Latin Events & running dance weekends
Together they have attended many workshops in: Modern jive, Salsa and West Coast Swing too.
Sue and Adrian really love the social side of the Ballroom & Latin dance world. They love to see beginners take their first steps and pride themselves on creating the right environment for people to get the most out of their dancing.

Two Workshops! Sunday 3rd February 1pm to 10.30pm. Smooth Slotted Jive with WCS influences & Modern Expressive Blues Workshop. Both followed by Freestyle dancing

Westies in Essex are delighted to host this Slotted Jive workshop with WCS Influences on Sunday 3rd February with Matt Cox from Serene Dance in Maidenhead and Sharon Mortimer. This is the first of two workshops we are running on Sunday 3rd February. The Second workshop will be an Expressive Modern Blues Workshop taught by Tor Khan and will run from 5.45pm to 10.30pm and will includes a Bluesy/Chilled Freestyle running from 7.45pm to 10.30pm. Each Workshop will be an intensive 2 hour Masterclass, no breaks! Timings are as follows:
12.30 doors open/Registration & come and make a cuppa (with your mug of course) so we are ready to start the first workshop prompt at 1pm.
1pm to 3pm Slotted Jive Masterclass with WCS influence taught by Matt Cox and Sharon Mortimer.
3pm to 4.45 Social Dancing wth Matt Cox djiing & dancing of course! so expect some cool tracks to dance to.
4.45pm to 5.45 pm FOOD SHARE! Let’s take a break have some food (bring whatever you fancy), maybe you might even decide to bring some wine or some beer. We will set up some tables, provide hot and cold drinks and some nibbles too.
5.45pm too 7.45pm Expressive Modern Blues Masterclass with Tor Khan
7.45pm to 10.30pm Bluesy/Chilled FREESTYLE! Tell your friends to join us if they have been unable to attend our workshops. Tea/Coffees/cold drinks/nibbles to keep us dancing to the end! Just £10 on the door for them.
SLOTTED JIVE WORKSHOP WITH WCS INFLUENCE! The Theme is ‘musicality’: how to adjust your dancing style/technique to match the varied song dynmaics and speeds/tempo of music. As part of this Workshop Matt and Sharon We will be teaching and demonstrating ‘variations’ of everyday dance moves & patterns, helping you to add in extra technique to help build a flawless smooth jive/slotted dance style connection with your partner.
From Sharon and Matt, “We had a blast last time and we look forward to doing it again”.
Building the Blues part 2- Pivotal Blues
Tor will be teaching and demonstrating essential dance technique for both leads and follows, helping you to find your turning point in Blues. This month’s skills section focuses on the flow of contact and connection through the conversational partnership. Tor will be teaching for us throughout the year and each workshop with us will be a progression on the last,
1 x Workshop INCLuding SOCIAL DANCING (a’noon & eve) £25
2 x Workshops INCLuding SOCIAL DANCING (a’noon & eve) £45
Book as a Lead & Follow £45 per workshop
JUST FREESTYLE Bluesy & Chilled £10 – pay on the door, no need to pre book
TO BOOK YOUR PLACE pre payment essential. Please email me first before making payment. CONTACT JANICE WASHER ON FACEBOOK MESSENGER OR EMAIL
WE Can’t wait to get this show on the road again in February!
Tel 01371 870303

We have two Fantastic Dance Workshops lined up for 5th/6th January. Expressive Blues Workshop with Tor Khan and her Team and a Smooth Slotted Jive Workshop with Matt Cox and Sharon Mortimer with some delicious WCS flavouring

Our Expressive Blues Dance Workshop we are running on Saturday 5th January is a new venture for us, although we have been a WCS dance club for around five years now. Tor is going to run a series of Blues workshops and some classes on a Sunday that will progress us through the different aspects of Expressive Blues dancing. We are a dance club that will be bringing in different dance teachers throughout the year to teach different styles of dance and it will be up to you how you ‘blend’ what is taught into your social dancing. On the Sunday 6th January we are running a Smooth Slotted Jive workshop with Mat Cox and Sharon Mortimer teaching us how to express more musicality into our jive dancing and there will be a WCS flavor to it. So, in answer to your question we hope our workshops will cater for all levels. Our aim is to bring people together of all different abilities but who have a passion for dance. They may have a different take on dance, different musicality skills, but then that’s where the magic happens…right on the dance floor, hopefully in our Tea Dance later that afternoon lol. hope to see you in January, pre booking essential.

Kicking off 2019 or as we like to say, we are introducing ‘Mash it up’ Saturday and Sunday workshops & social dancing

We are broadening the scope of Westies in Essex to encompass more dance styles, dance flavours and will be introducing new style workshops from January to include, Blues Dancing, Slotted Smooth Jive, and potentially some Ballroom and Latin workshops too as well as continue with West Coast Swing Workshops. We are delighted the renowned Matt Cox from Serene Dance will be teaching some Smooth Slotted Jive Workshops with a WCS flavour to them. His Demo will be Sharon Mortimer who is currently Mike Rosa’s demo for our WCS workshops and was at Potters with us . She has style! We are also delighted to be co-hosting some events with Tor Khan, who runs Evolve Blues dance events and workshops. There will be some Blues workshops and a regular monthly Sunday night ‘mash it up’ social dance/class evening which will suit Blues style dancing, West Coast Swing dancing and smooth slotted jive and also if you love a bit of funky music! Our wonderful Mike Rosa, will return in April for a series of WCS dedicated workshops and is of course coming with us to Potters to teach to again . We hope to confirm early next year our Ballroom and Latin themed workshops too. So! it’s going to become ‘Mash it up’ Saturdays and ‘Mash it up’ Sundays. We hope you will want to come and book on our workshops and come to our socials, especially if you live locally! We want to work with the local dance community, as we are primarily a promoter of monthly social dance workshop events which are day time events!. Our aim is to help you improve your dancing skills so that you enjoy your social dancing so much more. Look out for the events shortly.

Our Stock location is a Fab location, close to M25 Brentwood, ESSex turnoff, M11 and A12 links, ten minutes from Chelmsford

Watch our for our new programme of events at Stock Village hall, Stock, Essex CM4 9NF for 2019, starting January.

Westies in Essex is evolving. I started it 5 years ago so that I could learn West Coast Swing dancing locally and I believe we have been successful in getting people interested in WCS. We even run our own WCS dance weekend event at Potters in Norfolk each year and that really is going from strength to strength. We have had some great support from some great Dance teachers and a great crowd of people attending our workshops over the years, we thank you for that. As with everything in life, life moves on at a pace and things change! Jez and I enjoy the social aspect of dancing, we enjoy different dance styles and we want to offer you more dance experiences in a friendly, fun setting . 

WCS Dance Weekender at Potters, Norfolk

We host an Annual WCS Chilled dance event at Potters in Norfolk and next year will be our 5th year there. 17th to 19th May 2019 . It is a two night, two full days of Dance Workshops and two evenings of social dancing and its full Board! We provide a fun filled WCS dance programme and social dancing and the Potter’s entertainment and activities and dance programmes is included as part of the weekend package. We just love this event. For the first time we have a dedicated programme for newbies to West Coast Swing to help you get a feel for the dance.

Club news!! Next year, starting on Sunday 6th January we will be rolling out our 6 month West Coast Swing challenge Programme, aimed at people looking to learn the fundamentals of WCS and/or improve their social slotted dance technique and dance style in general. All the tips, technique, patterns and musicality styling elements of our programme are transferable to other social dance styles.