Dance to be Free
Hi and welcome to Dance to be Free a dance studio based in Christchurch. We offer Latin American and Ballroom dance classes in a variety of locations in central and east Christchurch as well as offering Dance Therapy classes as a mobile service for rest homes and private lessons throughout the city. We focus on personalised attention, and making dancing fun and accessible to everyone.
What makes us different?
Our three rules of dancing:
- there is no such thing as a wrong step – only a new variation
- smile – dancing is fun 🙂
- don’t over think it – dancing is dreaming with your feet, and we don’t think when we dream.
For latin and ballroom dancing we offer:
- Private lessons / couples lessons
- Group classes – no partner needed (timetable here)
- LGBTI classes (for same sex couples or individuals)
- Wedding couples – lessons and choreography
Dance lessons can be one on one, couples, or in groups. For groups, you can either join one of our existing classes (see timetable) or grab a bunch of friends and start your own private group (we just need 4 or more regulars for this).
Dance Therapy Programmes
We offer the following specialist dance therapy programmes:
- Care homes
- Dementia wards
- Multiple sclerosis
Please view our dance therapy page for more details. These programmes are all delivered at a location of your choice (for Care homes – in-house, for Parkinson’s/MS at a central location). Scheduled times for existing group classes for MS, Parkinsons can be found on our timetable page.
New to dance?
We have three beginner classes (6-7pm Tuesdays at Sumner Community Centre and 6-7pm & 7-8pm Thursday at Mt Pleasant). We structure the classes so you can join in anytime, so if you’d like to pop in, just let us know! As we limit class sizes, we recommended sending us a text just to check there is space. So if you have been thinking about dancing – here is your chance to give it a go! A reminder that no partner is needed. For more info, give us a call or drop us an email.
Full details of the classes, dance styles and times can be found on the timetable.
If you’d like to come with your partner, you are most welcome, and you will be able to dance with them the entire night (we won’t make you or your partner dance with anyone else unless you both want to).
Want more info?
Check out the various dance styles on offer, along with pricing for small groups, individuals and couples, at our dance styles and pricing page. Wedding couples can check out our tips on the Perfect Wedding dance, and those interested in Dance Therapy can find more about our programmes.
We specialise in beginners – all abilities welcome!