More about Simply Social Dance
Cathy van der Nest established Simply Social Dance on the 1st of July 2015 because of her firm belief that absolutely everybody should be able to dance. It was this strong belief that led her to start teaching, and share the beautiful art of dancing. Simply Social Dance is a social dance school, open to everybody, hence where the name established itself.
Simply Social Dance caters for all, and offers a fantastic variety of dance forms, including Ballroom and Latin American, Line Dancing, Wedding Dance Lessons and more.
Simply Social Dance based in Benoni can teach you to dance from scratch, even if you consider yourself to have two left feet, it’s always an exciting journey with loads of benefits and even more fun.
Simply Social Dance is a registered member of SADTA.
Benefits of Dancing
- improved condition of your heart and lungs
- increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
- increased aerobic fitness
- improved muscle tone and strength
- weight management
- stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
- better coordination, agility and flexibility
- improved balance and spatial awareness
- increased physical confidence
- improved mental functioning
- improved general and psychological wellbeing
- greater self-confidence and self-esteem
- better social skills.
Choosing a Dance
- When choosing a dance style, ask yourself questions such as:
- Do I want to dance to improve my fitness?
- Am I trying to improve my flexibility and coordination?
- Do I prefer fast dancing or slow dancing?
- Do I want to dance with a partner, or on my own?
- Do I want to join a group, or have private lessons?
- Will I enjoy competitions, or do I want to dance just for fun?
Reference: Better Health Channel – ‘Dance – health benefits’, Dance and health: the benefits for people of all ages, 2006, Arts Council England, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/dance-health-benefits
Anything that is casual and comfortable.
Water and a towel depending on the time of year and more importantly a notebook and pen to write down your steps that you learnt on the night.
Not for private lessons, I will be teaching you but group classed it is best to have a partner for Ballroom and Latin. For Ceroc Modern jive, no partners are needed as classes are rotational.
It’s not really necessary, if you have a pair of shoes that are similar, bring those but I do recommend that you bring to the second last lesson and walk around at home in them so they feel comfortable on the day.
For wedding dances 4 to 6 weeks are recommended. Group classes, to get the basic steps of all the dances lister under our Group page, it will probably take about 6 months to learn the basics of all the dances listed.
Ballroom dances include foxtrot, waltz, quickstep and the viennese waltz. Latin dances include Cha Cha, Cuban Rhumba, Square Rhumba, Mambo, Samba and finally Ceroc – Modern Jive.
Yes Simply Social Dance teach children to dance. Currently the youngest student is 10. As long as your child is willing to learn, we can teach him/her.
The answer to that is simple, never! We know ladies well over 80 that still love to do line dancing. It is all up to you.
Line Dancing is moving to music in a sequence, no partners needed. We try to keep the dances a good mix of current music , as well as some of the classes.
Benefits of Line Dancing
- Teaches you to move your body to the music.
- Improves your balance.
- It helps you find the beat.
- Teaches you basic footwork.
- Improves your confidence.
- Provides a form of exercise and on top of all that it is FUN!
All ages welcome.