Cheek2Cheek is a non-profit making social dance club for the LGBTQ community and was originally set up in 1998. Our aim is to provide a relaxed and friendly environment in which people can learn to dance and also socialise.
We cover many Ballroom and Latin dances including Quickstep, Waltz, Social Foxtrot, Jive and Tango through to, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa and Samba. We also learn sequence dances and line dances on a regular basis. Please see the Dance Diary for full details.
How we Dance
Classes start at 7.30 and end at 9.30 for all and are suitable for beginners and improvers alike.
We change the dances every fortnight and learn 2 dances. The first class is 7.30-8.20 followed by refreshments for 20 mins then the second class from 8.40-9.30. During the 20 min break there will be music to practice what has just been learnt.
You do not need to have any experience and you don't need to bring a partner. Absolute beginners are always welcome, it's very much a club not a competition! For dancers who are at improver level this is an opportunity to polish your technique and maybe try taking the opposite role (lead or follow) to broaden your skills on the dance floor.
Our teacher is Jo Taylor who started learning to dance with Brighton Dancing when she was 19. She has been sharing her love for dance with others, through teaching, for the last 15+ years.
Jo started competing in the Pink Jukebox same sex competitions in 2016 with her partner, most recently in August 2018 they competed in the World Championships which was held at the Gay Games in Paris. They competed in the Latin and came home with a Silver medal and the following achievements:
13th in the World in Open Latin
Top ranked ladies in United Kingdom in Open Latin
5th in the World in Senior Latin
Top ranked ladies in United Kingdom in Senior Latin
Where we Dance
We meet every Tuesday at St Mary Magdalen Church Hall, Selham Drive, Coldean, BN1 9EL from 7.30-9.30pm.
Please note, maps and sat nav can be confusing! If driving you need to approach from Coldean Lane, turn into Hawkhurst Road then IMMEDIATELY
right. This lane will take you directly into the free car park next to the church hall.
If using the bus, the 24 goes from Churchill Square to Saunders Hill, it is a 5 min walk from there
The 6.36 arrives at 7.10 so a bit early, 7.14 arrives at 7.41 so slightly late.
On leaving, the 9.52 gets back to Churchill Square at 10.17, the 10.22 arrives at 10.45
What it costs
£8 for whole evening including refreshments
(concession considered on an individual basis)
Class starts at 7.30 and ends at 9.30 PP= Pride Practice
June11th Salsa/PP June 18th Paso Doble/PP
June 25th Ballroom Tango/PP July 2nd Foxtrot/PP
July 9th Jive/PP July 16th Viennese Waltz/PP
July 23rd Rumba/PP July 30th Waltz/PP
Aug 6th WEEK OFF FOLLOWING PRIDE THEN CLASSES RESUME AS NORMAL
Links to other Dance organisations and events
One off events:
Consolidation workshop June 29th 11-2
Latino Solo - with Jo and Lou. 5 weeks starting June 6th. £35 advance booking at St Mary's Church Surrenden Road BN1 6PA
World of Dance Weekend search the WWW for details www.wodw.co.uk. It's going to be great!
Carola Summer Ball King Alfred Ballroom Sat July 13th - tickets £17 in advance and £20 on the door
The regular events:
Out4dance is a community organisation that engages with dancers, teachers and social dance clubs to spread the word of gender-free dancing.
Pink Jukebox Jacky Jukebox provides regular dances in London on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.
Brighton Dancing for gay friendly classes in a variety of styles including tango, salsa, ballroom and latin at various venues around Brighton.
Rivoli Ballroom Don’t miss Jacky Jukebox on the first Saturday of every month at this delightful South London venue.