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
Please note the new format and class end time!
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 new 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
Class starts at 7.30 and ends at 9.30
Sept 25th Foxtrot/Jive Oct 2nd Jive/Foxtrot
Oct 9th Viennese Waltz/Rumba Oct 16th Rumba/Viennese Waltz
Oct 23rd Waltz/Samba Oct 30th Samba/Waltz
Tea Dance 20th October
Our next Tea Dance event is on Eventbrite now! It's October 20th 4pm-8pm.
The first hour will be a Lindy Hop lesson suitable for everyone. You don't need a partner or any experience. The teacher will be Lizzie from Sussex Swing and it will be great fun. The rest of the afternoon will be a selection of ballroom and Latin dances with DJ Charles Chan. Tea and cake will be provided of course! You can bring alcohol and snacks.
There is free street parking and the very frequent number 5B bus stops right outside.
Get your tickets ASAP. The link is below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cheek2cheek-autumn-tea-dance-tickets-49755696628?aff=es2St Georges Church Hall
Links to other Dance organisations and events
Fun Competition at the Rivoli Ballroom http://www.funcompetition.co.uk/ This is on Saturday October 6th
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.
UK SSDC (UK Same-Sex Dance Council) representing the interests of UK same-sex dancers, adjudicators and competition organisers both in the UK and internationally.
Rivoli Ballroom Don’t miss Jacky Jukebox on the first Saturday of every month at this delightful South London venue.