At the Diamond Dancentre we have developed our own special way of working with beginners, improvers and advanced dancers of all age groups..
Browse through the website for full details of all we have to offer.
Farnborough is our main HQ having a large dance floor and a fully functioning Hungary`s Cafe.
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About Us and our Dance School (Click here to expand and close)
The original school was founded in 1955 by Angus & Winifred Donaldson in Woking, St Johns Surrey and was then known as the Donaldsons School of Dance located at the Atlanta Ballroom Woking Surrey.Just 13 miles down the road in Aldershot Hampshire there was a Dance school called Ballroom Dance Academy run by Lesley and Shirley Howe, in 1960 Lesley and Shirley purchased the dance studio in Queens Road and with that moved their school there. Whilst Angus and Winifred continued on with their school in Woking, St Johns their son Colin was to open the Colin Donaldson School of Dancing at the Cove Ivy Leaf Club in Farnborough, throughout the 1970’s and beyond the school grew and grew and subsequently moved to a new premises in Camp Road Farnborough and with the move came the new name Hampshire Dancentre.
A few years later the Ballroom Dance Academy was sold to Robin and Ellen Lunn and was re-named the Diamonddancentre. A few years later when Jacqui and Colin married the Hampshire Dancentre purchased the Diamond dancentre in Queens Road and the school was named the Hampshire & Diamond Dancentre. In 1999 the school was re-named The Diamond Dancentre Ltd and is now known nationally for its excellence in Dance and is still thriving to this very day. In fact so well Colin & Jacqui in 2010 opened the new Diamonds Dance studio in Aldershot.
Throughout the years many social, medalist and open competitors have learned and trained at the Diamond Dancentre and we are proud to have many of our original customers still dancing and in some cases with their grand children dancing too.
1953 Ballroom Dance Academy Aldershot Hampshire Lesley and Shirley Rowe
1955 Donaldsons School of Dance Atlanta Ballroom Woking Surrey Angus & Winifred Donaldson
1960 Ballroom Dance Academy Queens Road Farnborough Hampshire Lesley and Shirley Rowe
1967 Colin Donaldson School of Dance Cove Ivy Leaf Club Farnborough Hampshire
1980 Hampshire Dancentre Camp Road Farnborough Colin Donaldson
1970 Colin & Jacqui Donaldson
1986 The Hampshire & Diamond Dancentre Queens Road Farnborough Hampshire Colin & Jacqui Donaldson
1999 The Diamond Dancentre LTD Queens Road Farnborough Hampshire Colin & Jacqui Donaldson
2010 Diamonds Ltd North Lane Aldershot Hampshire Colin & Jacqui Donaldson
Colin Jacqui Donaldson (Directors)
Cara Donaldson (Director)
Under 5s and Under 8s Latin & Freestyle Dance Classes (Click to expand and close)
The pupils in our under fives class at our Farnborough Dancentre work towards mini dance exams, based around a simplified version of ballroom, Latin and freestyle work. They take rosette exams under the International Dance Teachers Association (I.D.T.A) and classes use appropriate music to suit the age group. Under fives class is a smaller group of children, and has a high staff ratio to enable support at an appropriate level and pace.
When your child reaches five years of age, they will progress to the under eights class, or depending on the class structure and the ability of the child, these age groups are flexible. The teachers and helpers present in the classes will know your child, and advise you of the dates for rosette examinations, and whether they feel your child is ready for the test.
Parents are very welcome to watch during these sessions but we ask that you keep external noise to a minimum when the classes are running, and that you respect the teachers view in terms of taking examinations and progressing to the next class. We know the test expectations, and we will also know your child in respect of their level of dance attainment.
For Dates Times and prices, please click on the Time and prices link above.
Under 16s Ballroom & Latin American Dance Classes (Click to expand and close)
The pupils in our u16s classes can learn in many different genres of dance ranging from freestyle to Ballroom Dancing. The pupils can achieve high standards of dance whilst enjoying socialising and having fun. Many of our pupils are selected to represent their country either nationally or internationally.
We encourage all of our pupils to take part in competitions throughout the country, this enables them to not only compete against the best but also gives them chance to travel around the country.
We hold annual presentations where the kids are rewarded for their efforts throughout the year, we also get asked to perform at fetes, seminars, shows and parties as well as other special events to promote dance and our school, all of our teachers and helpers are trained by us and place importance on high standard of technical dance.
The pupils in our Friday night class at our Farnborough Dancentre range from age 8 to age 16, and learn in freestyle and Latin American grades.
For Dates Times and prices, please click on the Time and prices link above.
Street Dance /Freestyle / (Click to expand and close)
This class is very popular, During recent years, Street Dance has become more and more popular especially with the younger generation. So due to the popularity of this new style of dance we are currently running extra classes at Diamonds in Aldershot.
Street Dance is the generic term used to cover the various energetic styles of dance that originates on the streets under the influence of a popular and very expressive style of music provided by DJ’s and MC’s scratching and rapping on their portable sound systems.
Although combined with our Friday and Saturday classes at our Farnborough Dancentre, due to the popularity we now hold a alternative classes at Diamonds in Aldershot Freestyle which can apply to numerous dance types and can be defined as any style of dance where the moves are not thought out ahead and where no choreography of the moves occurs before the dance begins.
It is literally thinking on your feet in this sense, and freestyle dancing can exist in almost all dance forms. As freestyle implies, the dancer is free to make it up as he or she goes, though.
Adult Beginner, Improver and Advanced Social Classes (Click to expand and close)
Taking place on a Monday, these classes run over a four / eight week course, and cover Latin American and Ballroom for Beginners, Improvers and advanced social dancers.
Please check below for the week commencing dates.
Throughout the year we also run evening dances, socials, practice sessions and themed dinner dances where you can relax, and socialise with your new friends. We have a fully licensed bar, and our teachers and helpers are experienced in the art of supporting new dancers, and improving those that already have the basics.
Social and Tea Dances (Click to expand and close)
Please be aware that times and admission fees are subject to change, so please make sure you check this page on a regular basis.. Click on a link below to see the current timetables.
All prices are listed as per person.
Please note a reduction of entry fees is available for same day multi class attendance, Fitness membership cards are also available...
Farnborough Childrens Classes
Farnborough Adult Classes
Aldershot Childrens Classes
Class amendments for Monday evening will revert back to normal on the 1st Sept.
Aldershot Adult Classes
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