This review was originally published in The Quick Steps section of the blog 

A very impressive London Ceroc Class Night with Steve Thomas

On Wednesday I got a chance to visit the Ceroc Surrey dance class at Surbiton, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the lesson was being run by guest teacher Steve Thomas and his assistant Nardiya.  Steve and Nardiya have made quite a name for themselves on the Ceroc teaching circuit, and at the last Southport Weekender I attended their ‘Whips’ Master Class.  Sadly Steve, I have only been able to put the basic one in to my routine.

Because of other writing commitments I wasn’t able to do a full review of the class, so I thought I’d put a mini review in to this Quick Steps section.

Steve prefers to teach the Beginners class in a large circle with himself and Nardiya included as one of the couples.  This allows Nardiya to move round the circle from time to time to help out the beginner men, and Steve gets to help the ladies.  It’s a method that works very well in a large hall like the one at the Surbiton venue.

Steve has a real gift as a teacher

Steve’s real gift is his delivery of the lesson.  Steve explains the moves in a very relaxed manner, yet holds the attention of the class extremely well.  It’s a style that works very well, particularly for beginners.  What really impressed me was the way Steve added in lots of tips for both the men and ladies that are often omitted by other teachers.

It’s hard being the man and having the extra problem of having to lead the lady.  I remember being petrified at times.  Steve essentially told the guys that it was understandable if they went wrong, and not to worry about it too much.  He had similar comforting advise for the ladies too.

This class night has added value

While Steve and Nardiya ran the intermediate class, Taxi Dancers Colin and Natalie did a Beginners Refresher Class, but what was really impressive was that an Advanced Class was also held in another room, run by David Addis. 

The standard of dancing was noticeably higher than normal

Impressively I counted about a dozen people doing the Advanced Lesson and that probably explains the general high quality of dancers at this venue.  There was the usual spread of dance abilities you would expect at any Ceroc class, but during the times I was sitting out and watching the other dancers, I sensed that the level of dancing was higher than at most Ceroc classes I visit.  I certainly enjoyed some wonderful dances.

This is a very successful class night

This is obviously a very successful class.  Colin, Natalie and David, and not forgetting Keith on the door, must also take their share of the credit along with Steve and Nardiya for what was an impressively run class night.  There must have been well over a hundred people in attendance and in the final dancing session it had the feel of a freestyle.  The evening went on until eleven and the floor was still packed as Steve played the last track.

Last word  – thanks for The Chairman of The Board

Steve was also on DJ-ing duties and he played a great mix of tracks, including some excellent contemporary ones.  One of my dance highlights was to the current favourite Havana by Camila Cabello.

It seems that Steve must have some Soul Boy DNA because he played a real gem from the ’70s.  Thanks then Steve, for playing a real favourite of mine – The Chairman of The Board’s Give me just a little more time. (Posted Friday 17 November)

Click here to read my other Ceroc Surrey review – the Class Night at Byfleet