Lose weight, feel great: Newry & Mourne set for new dance classes

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Community, Sport, What's On

Shall We Dance Newry has announced it will hold new beginners social dance classes for all those local men and women who have made it their goal to learn how to dance and get in shape for 2014.

Shall We Dance? Newry was launched in 2012 by local dancing supremos Gerald and Patricia Malone from Newry, who have already run several very successful classes in the Newry & Mourne area.

Gerald and Patricia have won Ballroom and Latin American dancing competitions throughout the UK and Ireland so their experience has left previous groups of beginner dancers with some nifty moves to show off wherever they go.

The Newry duo, who have been dancing for over 25 years competitively and socially, boast All-Ireland honours amongst their impressive array of medals and trophies.

Dancing, according to Newry pair Gerald and Patricia, is ‘the art of getting your feet out of the way faster than your partner can step on them’.

Dancing is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy yourself but Gerald insists it is also a fantastic way to make new friends.

“We started dancing nearly 25 years ago and since then we have met so many amazing people and have forged life-long friendships with people from across the country.

Patricia and Gerald have been dancing for over 25 years

He added, “A lot of people want to live a healthier lifestyle, learn to dance and make new friends. Our class will let you do all three and the most important thing is to enjoy yourself.”

Gerald and Patricia have won Ballroom and Latin American dancing competitions throughout the UK and Ireland

Speaking about the success of his previous classes, “It was fantastic,” insisted Gerald. “The couples have enjoyed themselves tremendously. Some were there to learn the ‘first dance’ before they get married, others were there to enjoy the social element but all just really enjoyed themselves.”

The Shall We Dance? Newry beginners social dancing class starts in St. James Hall Mullaghbrack, Markethill on Tuesday 4th February from 7:30-8 30pm. You will be taught the Slow Waltz, Quickstep, and Swing Jive and it costs just £6 per person per class.

They will also be holding an Improvers Class from 9-10pm on the same night (for pupils who have already participated in their beginners class and wish to improve and learn more). The price for this is also £6 per person per class.

And if you can’t make the Mullabrack classes Shall We Dance are also offering new dance classes in Warrenpoint.

Gerald and Patricia have also launched a new beginners class commencing in Thee1 Salon in Warrenpoint on Wednesday 5th February at 6:30pm – 7:30pm, where you will learn the beginners Slow Waltz and Quickstep.

On the same night between 7:45 and 8:45pm you can also participate in a new class where you will learn the Beginners Jive and the Salsa.

The Newry dancers have also launched a new dance class starting in Morgan Dance & Theatre Arts, Loughway Business Park, Greenbank Industrial Estate, Newry, commencing on Thursday 6th February.

Gerald and Patricia have won Ballroom and Latin American dancing competitions throughout the UK and Ireland

Spaces for the dance classes are limited so it is advised you register your interest early to avoid disappointment.

For more information contact Gerald on 028 302 66262 or mobile 077436 11921 or check out the Shall We Dance? Newry Facebook Page by clicking HERE

Upcoming classes:

Venue: St. James Hall Mullaghbrack, Markethill

When: Tuesday 4th February 2014

Time: Beginners: 7:30pm – 8:30pm and Improves class 9-10pm

Admission: £6 per person per class

 

Venue: Thee1 Salon – 45 Summer Hill, Warrenpoint, Newry BT34 3JB

When: Wednesday 5th February 2014

Time: Beginners class (Slow Waltz and Quickstep): 6:30pm – 7:30pm and Beginners class (Jive and Salsa): 7:45 – 8:45pm

Admission: £6 per person per class.

 

Venue: Morgan Dance & Theatre Arts, Loughway Business Park, Greenbank Industrial Estate, Newry

When: Thursday 6th February

Time: Beginners: 6 45-7 45pm – Beginners Social Slow Waltz & Quickstep and 8-9pm Beginners Jive and Salsa

Admission: £6 per person per class


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