Frequently asked questions about Jive Cats

Q. When can I join a class?

We offer regular start dates - roughly monthly. 
We also offer a 4-week discount package for our Level 1 class and these offers have the same start dates. If you don't want to book the course then there is a pay-as-you-go option, with the same start dates. If you need help selecting the best way to start then contact us.

If you are a more experienced dancer who wants to join in our classes then please do contact us. If you have not taken any of our classes we will invite you to week 1 or possible week 2 of a 4-week block. You are also welcome to our 4-week discount package.

If you have previously attended our classes and wish to re-join after a long absence but are concerned that you have become 'rusty' or need a refresh on the basics then contact us.

To contact us first look at the class which appeals to you: at the bottom of the class page you will find a contact form.

Q. What if I cannot attend every week?

Although regular attendance has advantages in helping you to progress, we know that life can get in the way and so we have various ways to help you.

Our 4-week offer is priced below the pay-as-you-go option so that the cost is less than 3 weeks at the standard price and it is usually available for late booking.

You can drop-in without a booking on a start date (subject to capacity) and pay the standard price. Most students switch to this after completing at least four weeks of Level 1 classes. The standard price covers you for both Level 1 and any Level 2 sessions on the same evening (typically 2 hours in total).  Note: Level 2 classes are not open to novice dancers.

If your availability is patchy you might consider using more than one venue and we can advise you on this. 
If you are a couple who cannot attend each week then we can arrange for you to share your 4-week package.

Q. How will I move on from Level 1?

You can take advantage of Level 1 discounts until you feel ready to join the Level 2 session. We will offer you an opportunity to sample Level 2.

Most students choose, as they progress, to attend both class levels. This allows them:
- to keep improving their mastery of the basics and so improve their overall dancing;
- to enjoy the social atmosphere and health benefits of the class for longer (typically 2 hours);
- to get full value for the standard pay-as-you-go price.

We offer plenty of social dance opportunities, from small record hops to large live-band events. For many students their aim is to make new friends and open up a healthy avenue of social activity where they can enjoy practicing what they learned in the class.

Some students move on to another dance style to equip them for more styles of music and to broaden their dance vocabulary. All of our classes have major areas of dance technique which are common. Therefore any of our classes will prepare you to try another one of the dance styles that we teach.

Q. What should I wear?

The most important thing to wear is a smile - it will make your dance partner very happy.

Next you need shoes that allow you to turn easily on the ball of your foot: they should be secure and comfortable with a smooth sole. 

It is not an exercise class so please wear clothes suitable for a casual social gathering. Clothing layers are a good idea so that you can adjust to suit the weather and the energy that you are burning. 

If you are exerting yourself, especially during warm weather, then a small sports towel can help you to stay fresh. It goes without saying that personal hygiene is important. 

Please bear in mind that some jewellery or any 'loose' clothing may create difficulties when partner dancing.

Q. Who will I dance with?

It's good if you have someone to come with you to the class and to practice with between classes but it is absolutely NOT A REQUIREMENT. About 60% of our students are couples who come together.

We seek a good balance between 'leaders' and 'followers'. Sometimes two females attend togther to form a dance couple.

During a class you decide if you want to stick with a partner or experience dancing with other willing partners. (It's not like many other dance classes where you rapidly rotated between partners.) Our social dances provide lots of opportunity to dance with a variety of partners and, again, there are no rules - you choose.

Q. Do I need to be very fit?

Dancing is a pleasant way to exercise safely and at your own pace, improving your balance, posture and agility. It's even good for your brain. Our social events have dancers aged from their teens up to 80, all enjoying the positive impact of dancing.

We teach very accessible dances where you control how much energy you want to use. We will never push you to over-exert yourself. If you have a physical limitation you should work within that limitation and we can often give advice on how to modify what we are teaching to suit you.

Q. How can I practice what I learn?

In addition to practice breaks during each class, we offer a wide range of opportunities for social dancing so that you can expand you social circle, enjoy great music from live bands and DJs and play with what you have assimilated in the class.

Q. What is Jive Cats conduct policy?

We think that grown-up common sense informs most of us about what is appropriate behaviour. We are determined to have a welcoming, friendly atmosphere where other people are treated with genuine respect. We are pleased to say that we have almost never needed to take any action in this regards as we seem to get nice people coming to our classes. Maybe it's something about the music!