Welcome to Sashay Dance Leeds
I’m Sarah, Director and Founder of Sashay Dance. I’ve always wanted to dance from as young as I can remember and at the age of 6 my Grandparents took me to Latin and Ballroom lessons, I loved the dance classes from the word go and I’ve never stopped dancing since!
I’ve taught dance since 2012 and became a qualified UKA Dance Teacher in 2015, I specialise in Latin, Ballroom and Salsa dancing.
In typical sods law fashion I got violently mugged on the way home from teaching my first dance class as a qualified teacher. I was left with bad concussion, followed by post-concussion syndrome and it took me a while to get my dancing abilities back to where they were before. I was battling with PTSD during this time and the only thing I could concentrate on was doing what I love…. dancing!
So that was my answer, I set up Sashay Dance in July 2016. I quickly discovered that the health benefits of dancing weren’t just about burning calories and getting fit. Dancing personally helped me to focus on the present moment, feel happier, reduce stress/anxiety and was one of the things (along with some amazing EMDR treatment through the NHS) that helped me with my recovery from PTSD. The amazing health benefits of dancing prompted me to start the Sashay Line exercise dance class and run regular dance classes which everyone can benefit from.
I teach dance for the local community too, this includes the over 60s and The Cancer Rehab Programme for the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and I’ll soon be teaching for Mind. I really do love what I do from livening up peoples events, making amazing memories, choreographing beautiful first dances to teaching regular classes, this company really is my passion and I can’t wait to work every day.
Our mission here is to give everyone something to dance about and all our classes are suitable for everyone to enjoy. I can’t even begin to count how many times someone’s told me they have 2 left feet, our classes are 2 left feet friendly and we can teach anyone to dance in just 1 hour.
You may have noticed that on my website it really emphasises how I will respond to all enquiries within 48 hours. Prior to being a Dance Teacher I was an award winning PA for event organisation, the amount of time it took for companies to get back to me was frustrating at times. I’m very passionate about delivering the best customer service, ensuring enquiries are dealt with smoothly and that any stress the customer has around organising their event is eliminated.
Dancing isn’t just about going through the notions for me, what I really love to see when I teach is how people feel so happy after, they have more confidence and a real spring in their step too. The feedback I’ve had from my dance classes has been overwhelming, the way people feel before (excited with something to look forward to), during and after my dance classes is why I continue to do what I do. I’m now expanding so that even more people can feel how great it is to do a Sashay Dance class!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my rather personal story about Sashay Dance and it helps give the real meaning into why we do what we do.
So whether you would like to come along to one of our regular dance classes, try something different and fun for your corporate event, birthday party, hen party, or make your special day even more special by having a specially choreographed wedding first dance to wow your guests with I really look forward to dancing with you soon!