Frequently Asked Questions
What styles of dance do you teach in class?
We teach a variety of styles but our exercises are mostly rooted in contemporary. Our dances tend to be fun, and gestural and are usually created with some input from participants. All of our dances can be done seated or standing.
When do the classes run?
Classes run during school term time. Please see our Dates & Timetable page for more details.
Do I have to come every week?
No, although we recommend attending regularly if you want to get the most from the sessions. We allow for drop-ins (provided there is space in the class), however, we will still need you to complete a registration form.
How do I find the venues?
Our Winnall class is held at Unit 12 a community building which is at the bottom of Winnall Valley Road, SO23 0LD, on the right-hand side. As you enter the building through the main entrance to the left of the car park turn right and you will find a cafe style seating area, the teacher will greet you here before taking you through to the dance studio.
Our Weeke class is held at St Barnabas Church on Fromond Road, SO22 6EF. As you enter the building through the main entrance turn left and follow the corridor round into the main hall.
There is parking available at both our Winnall (Unit 12) and Weeke (St Barnabas) venues.
What should be worn?
Appropriate clothing for exercise and activity-appropriate footwear e.g. trainers. Dangly or loose jewellery should not be worn during classes.
What do I need to bring with me?
A water bottle.
I am a total beginner - will your classes be suitable for me?
Absolutely, our classes are mixed ability but the focus is on having fun and being part of a supportive community. Our teachers will ensure that all students' ability levels are catered to.
I have a long-term health condition and/or I am unable to stand for long periods of time - will your classes be suitable for me?
Yes, the first half of the class is delivered sitting down and the second half is optional whether you choose to stand or sit. We also provide alternative movements where necessary and encourage all participants to take the class at their own pace.
Can I take breaks if and when needed?
Yes, our teachers are very understanding and if you need to take breaks during the classes that is completely fine.
Do you allow carers/support workers to stay at the class?
Yes, carers/support workers are welcome to stay and watch the class or join in (if there is space in the class to do so).
If you still have a question about one of our GEMS classes, please get in contact with us and we'd be happy to answer any questions you might have.