Dancing Derek (aka Derek Long) is a freelance dancing tutor, based in Co. Cork, Ireland.
Derek specialises in teaching Ballroom, Latin American, Modern and Classical Sequence dancing to people of all ages, fitness and abilities.
He also teaches a variety of Zumba Fitness classes to include Zumba fitness speciality programs – and can also help you with individual private tuition to ensure that your first Wedding Dance is memorable for all the right reasons!
Dancing Derek – mobile dance tutor Cork
I am Dancing Derek (a.k.a Derek Long) and I set up in April 2005 as a freelance mobile Ballroom Dancing Tutor.
“Dance isn’t something that can be explained in words; it has to be danced.”
I have always liked to dance but never attended any type of formal training as a child, However, as an adult, while attending college during September 2000, I tried a class in Ballroom dancing and was immediately hooked. It felt great to dance and I was pretty good at it too! Little did I know it was the beginning of what would become my “dance career”! Soon dancing became a passion and an integral part of my life, leading to lots of practice and social dancing.
To date, I have trained in Ballroom, Latin American, Classical (Old Time) Dancing and have received numerous certifications in Ireland and the United Kingdom including
- Associate International Dance Teachers Association(A.I.D.T.A.)
- Associate United Kingdom Alliance Teachers of Dancing (A.U.K.A)
Zumba®Fitness Cork Classes
I also trained as a Zumba®Fitness Instructor through the Zumba Academy and am currently licensed to teach:
- Zumba®Kids & Zumba®Kids Jr.
- Zumba®Toning including Zumba®Gold- Toning
- Zumba Sentao™
The Zumba Academy have aligned with the AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), ACE (American Council on Exercise), IDEA (the world’s largest association for fitness professionals), SCW Fitness Education, Can-Fit-Pro (International Trade Show and Conference in Canada), and many top national and international fitness facility chains and organisations.
I teach people of all ages, fitness and ability. My mission is to get people on the dance floor. My hope is that marriages will be enhanced and singles will make a multitude of new friends. Everybody with any kind of an ear for music can dance, it might just take a little practice – that’s my firm belief. I have adapted a way that brings unconfident people to dance for the first time in their lives because of my patient manner and ability to make dancing look easy.
- First Wedding Dance Lessons for your big day are what I specialise in. Wow your guests with a special wedding dance routine to a song or dance of your choice.
- Don’t know what song to choose? Mobile dance tutor Cork with Dancing Derek can help you choose a special song and wedding dance routine that is memorable for all the right reasons
- For your first dance private tuition can be arranged (pending availability) to choreograph a tailor made routine to be as easy or creative as the couple wish. From Foxtrot to jive to Rumba to Cha Cha Cha and more….
Ballroom including Swing Jive Dancing Classes
Cork Dance Classes have become extremely popular in recent years due to the rise in popularity of young country music stars like Derek Ryan, Lisa McHugh, Nathan Carter etc., and this coupled with Ballroom “Dancing With The Stars” has brought a new generation of dancers out to learn how to dance .
Social Ballroom Classes
Social ballroom classes will ignite your passion for dance and give you confidence to get out on that dance floor, whether it be a wedding or other social function. During the courses I will teach waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, cha cha cha , fun dances, salsa, merengue and more! .Not only are you learning a new skill with new friends , but these classes are fun and its exercise in disguise so what are you waiting for? Classes are currently enroling
Beginners / Improvers Swing Jive Dance Classes
Social Jive classes are taking Irelands dancefloors by storm ! East Coast Swing Jive which is made up of both Single or Triple Step styles is a social partner dance made up of 4, 6 or 8 beat patterns. Swing Jive is the easiest of the partner dances to master and most people can pick up and move to figures even in their first class as the footwork to the figures for both leader and follower are easy to get, hence it is easier to learn. Dancing to Swing, Irish Country & Rock N’Roll Music this class is suitable for both Beginner & those who want to learn more steps, improve their footwork and rhythm counts.
Two left feet ? No problem ! Over the duration of the courses, you will learn leader and follower steps in each figure which are broken down so that you will learn the steps to dance in a fun and friendly environment. With course progression you will learn at dance classes cork beginner and advanced figures in a way that can be naturally linked together using ballroom dance and jive (swing, country and rock n’roll) rhythms.
Partners for ALL SOCIAL DANCE classes are recommended but not essential. Return students or those who have completed a previous beginner course with me or another tutor are welcome to learn some more dances and continue to enjoy spending time on the dance floor. Bring A Water Bottle!
-Line Dance Classes
Line dancing involves people standing in lines performing dance movements together. It consists of patterned foot movements performed to a number of counts per sequence. The dances are done one-wall, two-wall, or four-wall to varied music including country & western music, swing jive , disco , waltz, cha cha cha and more. It’s a great way to keep fit, meet new friends and learn to dance in a fun relaxed environment. Bring A Water Bottle!
So what are you waiting for? Come to Autumn Social Ballroom including Swing Jive & Line Dance Classes with Dancing Derek ! Have fun, get fit, make friends and learn to be more confident to dance to modern and country music at your next social occasion or wedding :).
Note – Booking essential as places cannot be guaranteed by just turning up.
Monday Evening Classes
Social Ballroom Latin American & Fun Dance 4 Way Split Beginner Course
Venue : Douglas Community School, Cleremount Avenue, Douglas, Co. Cork
Enrolment: From September 2022 (during school office hours )-tel: 021 4294208 or on enrolment night from 7-8pm at the school (Final Date To Be Confirmed).
Cost: €80 per person
Time : 8.15 – 9.30pm
Course Length: 10 weeks
Start Date: September 2022 (Start date To Be Confirmed
Tuesday Evening Classes
Venue : Douglas Community School, Cleremount Avenue, Douglas, Co. Cork
Enrol by post from Monday 31st January 2022. By post: Enclosing details and fee to Adult Education Office, Douglas Community School, Clermount Avenue, Douglas, Cork
Note:- An email address must be provided.
Online enrolment. Go to dcscork.ie and follow the link to Adult Education!
Enrolements queries will also be accepted during school office hours by calling (021) 4294201.
Cost: €45 per person
Time : 7.00pm-8.00pm
Course Length: 7 weeks
Start Date: Tuesday March 2nd 2022
Dance Classes Cork – Zumba (r) Fitness Class Schedule
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