Cheek2Cheek is unique, in that it is the only LGBT+ ballroom and latin dance club in Brighton & Hove.
Originally set up in 1998, it continues to provide an alternative to the commercial gay scene with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
You do not need to have a regular dance partner to join the weekly classes; many people attend alone and are able to benefit from learning steps with different dance partners on the night.
Many ballroom and latin dances are covered – examples include waltz, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha cha, bossanova, jive, samba and tango. Sequence dances and line dances are also included regularly. You will be taught by a fully qualified instructor, Robert Singer, who has 25 years of dance teaching experience and is also a member of the UK Same Sex Dance Association.
The club meets on Tuesday evenings and has recently moved to St Mary Magdalen Church Hall, Selham Drive, Coldean BN1 9EZ, which has a great wooden dance floor.
The programme is as follows:
♦ Improvers 7.30-8.20pm: For people who know the basic steps in most dances. The lesson concentrates on one particular dance for 2 weeks at a time, rotating through Ballroom and Latin styles.
♦ Beginners 8.20-9.10pm: All welcome! The basic steps of 2 different dances are covered in the lesson (one latin, one ballroom); the same dances are repeated the following week. Improvers also participate in this class to help beginners, and to improve on their own style.
♦ Social Dancing 9.10-10pm: After the 2 classes refreshments are provided (tea, coffee, biscuits), payment is taken (Improvers £9, Beginners £7) and they continue the evening with social dancing. This often includes the opportunity to learn a line dance or sequence dance.
Over the years Cheek2Cheek has also run tea dances and New Year Balls, and on several occasions has taken part in the annual Pride Parade, dancing the whole way! As they approach their 20th anniversary they will be looking to organise one or two additional social/dance events and are building on their partnership with BLAGSS (Brighton Lesbian and Gay Sports Society) to achieve some of this.
Dancing is good for emotional and physical health, it is also a lot of fun! So why not go along and try it out? You will be welcomed and your first class will be FREE.
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