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Our Thursday classes are currently operating as normal

Carol

Welcome to Caroliners! Carol first started teaching Line dance over 30 years ago in the 1970s in Orlando, Florida and has run her classes here at Smallgains Hall, Canvey Island since 2005.

We run our classes on Thursday afternoons and you are most welcome to join us at our very friendly club – whatever level you are. The hall is well-ventilated and has been recently refurbished, with a new floor. There is plenty of free parking. Class details are as follows:

  • Thursdays: Absolute Beginners/Beginners – 1:00 pm ~ 2:00 pm – £4.50
  • Thursdays: Improvers/Intermediates – 2:15 pm ~ 4:15 pm – £5.50

All classes are held at Smallgains Hall, Creek Road, Canvey Island, SS8 8DX.

Please contact Carol on 01268 680871 or 07446 239745 should you wish to discuss any matters relating to the club.

Amongst many, here’s some dances we have been enjoying recently:
Cowboy Charleston
Back on Texas Time
Babycham
Come Dance With Me
Things
Until The Dawn
Sangria Sun
Lonely Drum
Southern Nights
Playboys
Blue Jean Baby
After the Storm
Codigo
Champagne Promise
Cold Heart
**NEW** A Scotsman’s Story
Into The Dark Night
The Captain
Gypsy Queen
Train Wreck
**NEW** Martha Divine
The Long Way Home
Islands In The Stream
Galway Girls
First Fool In Line
Down To The Honky Tonk
Marching Home
Bonaparte’s Retreat

While Carol has been teaching Line dancing at Smallgains for about 16 years, her origins go back much further. Although she was born in the UK, her mother was American and Carol spent lots of time in Orlando, Florida. She stepped in to cover a class when her mother wasn’t well and realised – after a few sessions – that she enjoyed teaching and opened a few classes in Orlando. Carol started Line dancing in the UK in the late 1980s and opened her first clubs in the early 1990s in Barkingside and Ilford. She’s a Certified member of BWDA (Best Western Dance Academy ) and UKA (United Kingdom Alliance (Dance Drama Exercise)) and carries full public liabilty insurance.

For your own safety and that of others (and insurance purposes) we ask that you wear sensible shoes: no high heels, flip-flops or sandals. A low-heeled shoe is best – preferably one which doesn’t afford too much grip to enable you to not stick to the floor!

We don’t have a bar, so please bring your own drinks. We normally offer free tea, coffee and biccies, although we have currently suspended this during the COVID pandemic.

Studies have shown that all forms of exercise are beneficial to our physical and mental health. Dancing, and in particular, Line dancing, has been shown to result in a greater reduction of dementia risk than all other forms of exercise, as you are exercising both your body and your mind (by learning new dances).

The benefits of dancing may result in an increased lifespan, quality of life, and feeling of wellbeing. Line dancing has the advantage of being a very social form of exercise, as you can meet people and make new friends while exercising. It’s also a lot of fun; so: Don’t sit at home and twiddle your thumbs – come to us and twiddle your feet!