Current Rules for Private Lessons

We offer private lessons for all grades, ages and standards. Whether you want to learn specific dances, something for a specific event, improve your dancing quality, work for medals, learn a wedding first dance or gain top class competitive coaching, we have the experience and knowledge to meet your needs.

Term-time Schedule

A replacement Covid-19 schedule in place at present replacing the schedule below. Contact us for details.

Our standard weekly schedule (currently suspended) operates academic term times. Special schedules run at all other times. Check directly with John & Linda for details.

Private Lesson slots operate within the following hours / locations.

Many of these slots have weekly lessons pre-booked in. For specific lesson availability contact us.


For available slots with John, please click the button in the header above.

12:30pm - 5:00pm - North Holmwood Village Hall
7:00pm - 7:45pm - Oddfellows Hall, Dorking
9:45pm - 10:45pm - Oddfellows Hall, Dorking
12:00pm - 5:00pm - North Holmwood Village Hall
6:45pm - 7:30pm - Oddfellows Hall, Dorking
9:30pm - 10:30pm - Oddfellows Hall, Dorking
5:00pm - 8:00pm - Riddell Memorial Hall
9:00am - 4:45pm - North Holmwood Village Hall
9:45pm - 10:45pm - Oddfellows Hall, Dorking
6:30pm - 7:30pm - North Holmwood Village Hall
9:30pm - 10:30pm - North Holmwood Village Hall
9:45am - 5:45pm* - Oddfellows Hall, Dorking
9:00am - 5:00pm* - North Holmwood Village Hall

Many private lesson slots have regulars booked in. Contact John & Linda for available slots.

* Extension of the hours may be available for these slots.

Private Lesson Prices

All Private lessons are 'pay on the day' preferably by Bank Transfer.


  • These prices relate only to lessons with John & Linda

  • Michael & Nika have a different pricing structure

  • Prices revised Summer 2020

  • All lessons are timed to allow cleaning time in between

    • Evening lessons will be shortened by 10 minutes to allow cleaning time​​ - this 10 minutes cleaning time

    • Where possible, daytime lessons will be retimed to allow 15 minutes between lessons for cleaning and full lesson time will be able to be given.

Solo Lessons, Social Dancers, Competitors, Professional Training for Associate examinations:

£40.00 per hour

Specials & Wedding 1st Dance:
3/4 hour - from £40.00*

* Price charged depends on the SHDC staff involved and dance complexity.

Professionals, Professional training for higher examinations:
£50.00 per hour

If you would like to purchase a voucher for lessons and / or classes for a special occasion, please e-mail us for more details.

We now prefer bank to bank transfers but are able to accept cheques - no cash at this time please. We are unable to accept cards.

Please note:

  • 48 hours notice of cancellation of private lessons is required, else full cost is payable. Thanks.

  • In a 'Private Lesson' you have a dedicated teacher for the period booked. There may, however, be more than one Private Lesson operating in the hall at the same time (applies to the Riddell Hall on Wednesday evenings only at present).

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Website Structure

Home (including contact details)

  - Online Lessons (Details of how to arrange and access online tuition)

      - Printable Version (PDF file of the content of the Online Lessons page)

  - About Us (Details of teachers within Surrey Hills Dance Centre)

  - Locations (Details of main locations plus facilities & links to maps)

  - Calendar (Approx 3 month ahead Calendar - doc)

  - Dancesport Links (Links to dance industry suppliers, organisations etc.)

  - Dorking Links (About Dorking)

  - Partners Wanted (People associated with SHDC looking for dance partners)

Website Structure

Classes (Details of classes and outline schedule, including prices)

  - Classes in current / coming 1/2 term (Doc)

Private Lessons (Details of Private Lessons)

  - John's Lessons (Available slots with John up to 2 months ahead)

Wedding 1st Dance (Details)

Practices (Details of social and competitors practices)

Competitive Coaching (Details of Competitive Coaching

  - John's Lessons (Available slots with John up to 2 months ahead)

Events, News, Archive (Details of current News and Events)

  - Archive (a compendium of information, pictures and videos)

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

Surrey Hills Dance Centre will endeavour to be fully compliant with GDPR. Personal data held will be that given to SHDC through e-mail, phone or other media. It will be retained in one or more of the following media: mobile phone, home desktop computer and paper. Its usage will be entirely for contact between SHDC and the person concerned. The only 3rd party who will receive any data will be the ISTD in conjunction with registration for and attendance of Medal Tests. SHDC will provide a copy of all data held within 40 days of a written request. During the Covid-19 crisis, Zoom (or other video conferencing applications) may be used to record online classes. Recordings will be stored securely on Dropbox. Access to classes and recordings will be restricted to registered pupils of SHDC.