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SIMPYDANCE LIMITED NEWS | Dance | Egham | Surrey | Classes | Lessons | Training

The latest news from your local dancing school in Egham, Surrey.  SimplyDanceLimited is an IDTA school offering classes and lesson in Latin American, Ballroom, Freestyle and Street Dance for all ages and abilities.  From medalists to social dancers and even teacher training, SimplyDance is your friendly, family run local dancing school.

Medal Presentation 2018

Louise Judd

Saturday 17th March 2018 saw another SimplyDance medal presentation and what an afternoon it was.

The classes had the chance to share their most recent exam routines with parents and carers. The students have been working on the routines since January and they were all performed admirably. We even got some of the parents up to join in with one of our Dance Movement routines. This proved to be hilarious for all involved in particular the parents who were brave enough to step up.

Most importantly our students were also presented with their IDTA medals and certificates achieved during the exam session in December. Everyone at SimplyDance is incredibly proud of everything the students are continuing to to achieve.

Well done to all of the students and staff on presenting another fantastic Medal Presentation Afternoon. 

Bring on the exams in April. 

Throw Back Thursday!


It's that time of the week when we look back at something for no real reason other than we forgot to tell you about some news a little while back. On October the 14th our Principal James Montgomery popped along to Gem's Dance Academy in Birmingham to teach two workshops for their competitive students. We caught up with him to find out how it went.

"Well I have to say that the students at Gem's crushed the sassy Street choreo I threw at them. As soon as Katy Perry's Swish came on they were all ready to hit the routine hard and they certainly did that...and THEN SOME!  We then went straight into the Freestyle choreo, attacking that head on too! These girls worked so hard on a challenging collection of moves with advanced jump and spin combos and created some fantastic styling themselves, it was an awesome workshop. Thanks to fellow IDTA teacher Gemma Welch for inviting me to teach for her at her wonderful school, it was such a pleasure to work with your talented students."  James Montgomery 

Students from Gem's Dance Academy after workshops in Street and Freestyle with James

Flying in Freestyle

Sassing it up in Street

As if that wasn't enough fun, the very next day Vice Principal Louise Usher joined James to teach a Charleston Master class at the fabulous Aura Dance Studios in nearby Solihull. We asked Louise how it went.

 "It was so much fun assisting James with the Charleston Master Class, we both had such a fab time and it was great learning opportunity for me. All of the attendees got so involved and looked like they had a blast, there was so much energy and laughter in the room I didn’t want it to end! It was also lovely to have to opportunity to visit such a stunning studio, Aura is beautiful. Thank you to our IDTA colleague Kate at Aura for inviting us. We had a great time and hope to get the opportunity to share our work with your fabulous students again sometime." Louise Usher

Ready to go back to the 20's

Ready to go back to the 20's

The students fully focused

Well look out, our teachers coming to a Studio near you soon!

Exam time is almost here

Louise Judd

We cannot believe it is that time of the year already! Exams are just around the corner and the letters have started going out already. Students ready to take an exam will recieve a letter in the coming weeks, however these exams are not compulsory. 

Us teachers are so proud of all of the students for their amazing work and dedication so far this year, this has been an amazing start to 2017.   

The Exams are on the 1st April and we cannot wait, as always we know you guys will crush it! Don't forget that classes will be running in the morning on the day for your last chance to practice your routines 

Don't forget to make sure you are at classes over the next few weeks to be as ready as possible.

Well done all of SimplyDance, you guys rock!


Some of the SimplyDance students and staff at the recent medal presentation day. 

IDTA Staff Training Day - London Seminar 2017

Louise Judd

Some of the SimplyDance staff enjoyed a fun filled day of teacher training in London on Sunday 5th February 2017 at the beautiful Lancaster Hotel in London.

It may have been an early start but it was well worth it to join in with this variety of amazing lectures including Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Freestyle Argentine Tango amongst others.

Sadly our Principal James is still recovering form his hip surgery and had to sit on the sidelines this time, but Alex and I had great fun on the floor.  Mr Graham Oswick was hilarious and brilliant in his Latin American lecture, teaching us a pair of useful groups that played with alternative timing.  He developed the various actions within these amalgamations to create interesting and usable work.  

After a full day of lectures from a host of top professionals we were all treated to excellent displays and had a chance to catch up with colleagues and friends.   Sharing information and ideas is part of what excellent events like this are all about and this one certainly didn't disappoint.

All in all it was a fabulous day filled with excellent ideas.  Thank you to the IDTA for hosting this wonderful event once more and for supporting it's members so well. We can't wait to use these new ideas in classes with our students!


Some of the SimplyDance Team with the past director & president collecting her award for over 40 years of service to the IDTA. Left to Right, James Montgomery, Jane Tumelty, Louise Usher & Alex Purnell. 

The new term is almost here!!!

Louise Judd

 Well the time is almost here, the Autumn term is a week away from starting back on the 10th September and we CANNOT wait!

We went out with a bang at the end of last term with an awesome set of exams and an amazing show, all of the students and staff danced so well and we could not have been more proud. Don't forget you can order your DVD’s from the front desk to relive every dance.

Hopefully you have had a nice and restful summer break and are ready for the new term and lots of new routines. If your friends are wanting to give it a go they are as always very welcome and we would love to see them.

All of the team are buzzing for the start of the new term and cannot wait to see you there.

Keeeeeeeep dancing!


The SimplyDance team looking all glam for the Annual Dinner Dance in Southport.

Pineapples anyone?!


Every dancer should eat a great selection of fruits in their diet and two of our teachers took that to the extreme this morning....  taking to Pineapple studios for a top secret event. 

SimplyDance's James and Louise Salsa up a storm at London's Pineapple Studios.  

SimplyDance's James and Louise Salsa up a storm at London's Pineapple Studios.  

We can't tell you ALL about it just yet but let's just say we had a absolute ball teaching Salsa at Pineapple Studios in London for a fantastic PR event! Watch this space for more details...and don't forget to eat your pinapples with a little Salsa too!  

The team is all set for a great Autumn term!


What an exciting time here at SimplyDance, with classes underway once more in Egham the whole team is jazzed up.  We are sooooo happy to be back and are lucky enough to welcome not only lots of lovely new students but the fabulous Natalie rejoins the SimplyDance team! What better way to celebrate than by attending the IDTA South East Area day in Addlestone earlier this month.

The team enjoyed lectures in Ballroom, Latin, Freestyle and Street with our colleague and friend Miss Keely Catt sharing some excellent quads Street work with us all. We then were treated to some brilliant exercises in Charleston and Jive from the fantastic Hayley Stevens, which we are already using in our warm up for our Latin American and Ballroom Class. 

All dressed up for the IDTA Dinner Dance Southport 2015 Left to right; Alex, Karlyne, Louise and James

All dressed up for the IDTA Dinner Dance Southport 2015 Left to right; Alex, Karlyne, Louise and James

It was a busy summer for the SimplyDance team attending the Annual IDTA Congress and learning from excellent trainers and coaches in a whole host of dance styles.  We were honoured to lecture at the event where James and Louise took to the floor to offer some Lyrical Salsa choreography for fellow members.

James and Louise lecture on Salsa for the International Dance Teacher's Association's Annual Congress 2015

James and Louise lecture on Salsa for the International Dance Teacher's Association's Annual Congress 2015

It was so well received with laughter all the way and the past president commeting in his write up for the IDTA's Dance International Magazine:

"To complete our morning program we enjoyed James Montgomery's usual open and witty personality whilst he presented a very usable Salsa Routine.  He has such skill in making his presentations so enjoyable"

Richard Hopkins IDTA. 

Now we all can't wait to see you all on Saturday to put all these chunks of knowledge into action! See you all soon guys and girls, let's DANCE!


Some of the teaching team were lucky enough to be on the cover of Dance International's Congress Magazine

Some of the teaching team were lucky enough to be on the cover of Dance International's Congress Magazine

Dance teachers dance!


What a fantastic day of incredible lectures we had today at the IDTA Freestyle Seminar in Birmingham.  Despite the 5am start we arrived ready to kick off the day with two back to back advanced freestyle routines which were totally hardcore and great fun!  It's exciting to bring these new ideas to you guys.  

Today was packed full of amazing workshops including absolutely beautiful Slow Freetyle work from the trainer of the current reigning world champion. Then it was fabulous and hillarious Musical Theatre lectures including a number from Wicked and then Commercial Street, Cheerleading and African Dance too!  What a day!  

We keep training to stay up to date and challenge our teaching methods and ways of moving. This way we continue to stay ahead of the game as teachers.  This is all for you guys. Bring on this show term SimplyDancers, let's rock this! 

Some of the SimplyDance Team with Past President and Freestyle Faculty Member Anna Jones

Some of the SimplyDance Team with Past President and Freestyle Faculty Member Anna Jones

Exam Day Today!


Well the day has finally arrived!  Don't forget our children's classes are on as normal this morning, our students' final practice before the exams this afternoon.  If you have any questions about what to wear please give us a call or chat to a teacher in classes.  The whole of the SimplyDance Team would like to wish everyone the best of luck for a fantastic exam session today!  Good luck and enjoy every moment guys!  Let's crush this!  Go Team SimplyDance!

Teacher Training Day In London


Our teachers gave up their time yesterday for a hugely long day of lectures of world class caliber at the IDTA London Seminar. As teachers of dancing we believe it is so important to continually develop our teaching methods and practices to better equip us to train our students at SimplyDance.  

The Team off to the training day Sun 1st Feb

The Team off to the training day Sun 1st Feb

 It was up and at em at 6am as we made our way into central London, a couple of tube lines later and we arrived at the wonderful and very beautiful Lancaster Hotel.

With work on developing action in Balloom dancing, above gold level choreography in Latin American, Hip Hop fusion, huge fun with childrens work and Salsa Casino style too, it was an excellent and very useful day.  

Following the lectures were treated to caberet performances from the 6 time World Ballroom Champions, Dance Master UK and Miss Dance Great Britain winners too. What an incredible day with colleagues and friends.


All this to help us teachers to continue to develop our teaching practices as professionals and offer the very best training in our classes. 

Onwards and upwards (with a lots of dancing along the way) 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Thank you for all your lovely cards and gifts, they touched us so much!

Preparations are well underway for the children's classes-with new routines in all classes this Saturday 10th January 2015! The teaching team have been hard at work bringing you the freshest moves so now is the time to try a different style or bring your friends as everyone will be starting anew!


Don't forget our fantastic PREPAY SAVER CARD OFFER is available for the first two weeks of term only! Full details can be found on the children's classes and events pages of our snazzy website.


See all you SimplyDancers soon for our 10th year of teaching here at SimplyDance!

Exams tomorrow! Exciting!


We are all set for your final classes of the year tomorrow morning and then it's IDTA Exam time for our students in the afternoon!  If any parents or students have any questions please feel free to chat to one of us at dancing in the morning.  

The whole SimplyDance Team would like to wish you all the very best of luck for your exams tomorrow and we'd also like to say that you guys rock, so just go out there and go for it!  

To those that we are not seeing tomorrow Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and we hope you have a very Happy New Year.  Check out our BRAND NEW Events section of the website, it tells you all the dates you need to know.

Keeeeep Dancing!

From the whole SimplyDance Team

Exam letters from tomorrow!


Wow! Where has the first term of SimplyDances' awesome Saturday classes gone? With our IDTA Exam day fast approaching on Saturday 20th December our teachers will be starting to hand out letters to those students ready to take an exam in one of the many wicked dance styles we offer. So if you are hoping to take an exam just keep dancing! See you in the morning peoples! Let's DAAAAAAAANCE!

Blast from the past

Karlyne Oakes

As I walked through the door the  costumes, smell of hairspray and the crazy music pumping from the speakers immediately took me back to when I was 13 and I used to spend my Sunday's competing in Freestyle. Except this time instead of being the one who was being judged I was given the honour of being the Judge! 

I was asked to go down to Southampton to be 1 of 3 adjudicators in an friendly competition , judging freestyle and streetdance. As soon as I fell back into the crazy pace of the music and even crazier pace of the dancing I really started to admire the standard of dancing that was coming through. From the 4 year olds through to the 14 year olds everyone put their heart and soul into their dancing And there was some fantastic moves and routines on the floor. 


I had a AWESOME day and well done to everyone who competed, you were all brilliant.  

Great fun Judging in Essex today!


This morning I dragged myself out of bed at 6am and threw on my best tags and drove the 2 hours to a misty and beautiful Essex to judge the IDTA East Anglia Area Street Nationwide Medalist of the Year Qualifier. After a chilly start things were soon heating up on the dance floor with an epic array of street dancers stutting their stuff.  

This lot had MORE SWAG than the great train robbers!!


Well done everyone and good luck in the finals in Birmingham next year! "Len Goodman" signing off for now. Laters!

First Day Back! What a BLAAAAST!


Woohoo hoo! What a day of dancing schenaneghans! We had a lot of new dancing buddies and familiar friends returning to all our classes today.  It was such fun to dance with you all! We're glad you've had a great summer and all the teachers are super excited to have you back to dancing our Saturdays away with us at SimplyDance. 



Here are some of our Freestyle dancers working on their poses-not that they need that much help -you all crushed it guys!

Don't forget if any friend want to join any of our classes they're very welcome as we still have a few spaces left. See you next week peoples! 

-The SimplyDance Team

Teacher Training Day


The SimplyDance teachers after a wonderful time at their first IDTA South-East Area meeting on Sunday 7th September '14.  With a whole host of awesome lectures we came away with so much interesting and fun choreography, not to mention technical information too. What a fantastic development day right before classes restart. It was so good to meet up with colleagues, friends and fellow professionals. Bring on the Autumn term guys! 


New website up & running! Whoop Whoop!


Exciting News!  Our brand new website is officially opened by the ceremonial cutting of the online ribbon. Taking time out of his hugely busy schedule the mayor of...hang on a minute, I just flicked the switch actually so ... me I guess.  But even so, it deserves a grand ceremony and you my dear reader are among the first to read this new blog, congratulations to you!

As SimplyDance's Principal and Director it is my pleasure to introduce you to our all new, all sparkly and always fresh website.  With tons of hot new features and lashings of versatility, this site will be your one stop shop for all things Dance related.  Look out for offers, news, information, gossip, discounts, diary dates, pictures, events and blog updates not only from me, but from the rest of the SimplyDance Team too.

So without further ado I give you, take a look around, comment, like and share and please give us any feedback you have or ideas you'd like to share.

Classes Re-open SOON! We're super excited to see you all back on Saturday 13th September 2014, so get into the school swing and then the real fun can begin-DANCING STYLIE!

See you soon guys!

-from the whole SimplyDance Team