“ Type: Package Holidays / World region: Europe / Specialising in dance-focused holidays „
Holidays4dancers is a company that I first found on the internet whilst looking for the Vincent & Flavia Strictly come dancing stars shows.
Holidays4dancers specialise in dancing holidays around the UK. The types of dancing the holidays are aimed at are Ballroom, Latin and Folk Dancing.
The holidays are aimed at both beginners and experienced alike, some of the holidays offer tuition and others just offer evening dancing. The weekend breaks tend to have dancing on a Friday night which is smart casual and on the Saturday they have a Gala ball, the perfect opportunity for dancers to dress up in ball/cocktail gowns and DJ.
All the holidays are on a dinner, bed and breakfast tariff.
Quite a lot of the holidays offer tuition during the day time. Holidays4dancers work along side some of the strictly come dancing stars such as Vincent and Flavia, Darren and Lilia. They also work with ballroom dancing champions. The tuition workshops are aimed at different levels, there are beginners and then intermediate/Advanced, this means that every ability is catered for; the tuition is always given by some ballroom dancing stars.
The Ballroom dancing stars that gave the tuition always do a cabaret on the Saturday night at the Gala ball.
Holidays4dancers use a variety of hotels. They use the Wessex hotel in Street, The Durrant in Bideford, The Carrington in Bournemouth, The Paddocks in Ross on Wye, The White Swan Stratford upon Avon and the Burlington in Kent. I am unable to review all of the hotels as I haven't attended them all.
The holiday format at the Durrant hotel in Bideford was arrive by 4pm at the hotel, greeted by Paul and Carole Eden, who own the company, followed by a drinks reception.
The evening's meals are very well organised, seating plan is made out, an excellent way for you to meet fellow dancers. All the tables seemed to be the same age range so as a whole people had some things in common and mixed well.
Dancing for the evening started at 7.30/8pm till 11.30pm. The music is from the Eden Nights music collection, which seemed very varied. People dressed in a smart casual evening and was informal, a well organised evening catering for all sorts of dances, and the dance floor was full most of the night.
The Saturday was an empty day to do as you please. Breakfast was 9am.
Saturday evening was a formal evening, a Gala ball, great opportunity to dress up. The dancing started at 7.30/8pm and went on till 11.30. There was a cabaret at 9pm by Warren and Kristi Boyce, National Ballroom dancing stars.
The Sunday was breakfast and check out by midday. That's the general format for the weekend breaks. They do however also do midweek breaks Monday-Friday. And some of the weekend breaks are also Friday-Monday.
The company have a website www.holidays4dancers.com, the website is very informative and has contact pages where it sends an automatic message to the office for brochure requests or questions.
You can book the holidays online and pay for them using PayPal, or they send you a booking form and you can send it in with a cheque and a deposit of £35 per person.
The holidays have various different prices, depending on the hotel, the event, weekend or midweek. You are looking at between £109 - £259 per person. The company also do New Year breaks and one holiday abroad a year. The only down side is the website colours are a bit dated and the layout isn't brilliant.
The communication is brilliant when booking a holiday and after paying the invoice I received an invoice 8 weeks before the holiday, that was then followed by an Itinerary so that I was aware of what was happening, times etc..
Holidays4dancers are a good company, I never knew of dancing holidays till I stumbled upon their company. They do holidays and events related to the ballroom dancing world which is a lot bigger than I could ever have imagined.
If your looking for a break with a difference, are a dancer or want to learn to dance then its worth checking them out.