Town set to catch the Strictly bug

A SERIES of dance classes for beginners is to be launched in Hartlepool hoping to capitalise on the popularity of the Strictly Come Dancing TV show.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and physical activity team is to stage three separate six-week Begin 2 Dance classes at the town’s Mill House Leisure Centre.

Senior sport and physical activity co-ordinator, Gemma Ptak, said: “We hope to take advantage of the Strictly factor which has seen dance experience a huge surge in popularity.

“Don’t be put off if you have no or only very limited experience of dancing – you are just the sort of person we want to hear from.

“The classes are intended to be upbeat, feel-good sessions and they are a chance to learn how to dance, meet new friends and have fun – while improving your fitness and posture.”

A Women Begin 2 Dance class starts on Tuesday, January 15, and weekly classes will be held from 7pm-8pm.

Two Begin 2 Dance (Partners) classes will start on Thursday, January 17, with one session taking place from 1pm-2pm and the other from 6pm-7pm.

The classes which are being run by the council in partnership with Peterlee-based Nouveau Fitness, cost £15 for the full six weeks.

Priority will be given to people paying in full when class places are allocated, although there is the option of paying session-by-session (£2.65 for Active Card members, £1.75 for concessions and £3.25 for casual users).

The types of dance covered by the partner classes will include salsa, marengue and bachata.

These sessions are not exclusively aimed at couples, but also friends or groups of friends. Individuals are also welcome to come along and they will be paired with a dance partner.

The Women Begin 2 Dance class will cover burlesque dancing, club dancing, street dancing and commercial dancing.

For more information about the classes or to book a place telephone (01429) 284050 or email: