Rodneys Dance School

Rodney's Dance School

Teaching Ballroom and Latin since 1973.

Dance classes for children and adults taught in a fun, friendly atmosphere.

Latest News

Next course - w/c 1st July 2024

We are teaching;
Beginners: Quickstep & Rumba
Intermediates: Waltz & Samba

New adult medal classes

If you are interested in learning dances starting from the very basics, including steps and technique. Then why not come join our new round of medal classes.

New childrens classes

We will be starting new rounds of childrens classes on Wednesdays at Hitchin Town Hall and Rainbows classes on Saturdays at St. John Community Hall in Hitchin.

Upcoming Events

Saturday Social Dance at Welwyn Civic Centre

Saturday 13th July  7:30pm - 10:30pm
Bring your own snacks, nibbles, drinks and friends.
£9.00 on the door.

Full list of Social Dance dates available here

3 Week summer course - w/c 29th July 2024

From 8:00pm we are teaching;
Half hour beginners Paso Doble
One hour beginners Viennese Waltz
Half hour Intermediates Paso Doble

School Closed - 19th August until 3rd September 2024

Summer break.

The School

RDS was founded in 1973 by Principal R.J Perrott.  Initially opened as a Ballroom and Latin American Dance School, it quickly gained popularity for its fun and informative classes.  Over the years the school has continued to grow and develop.

The school's main aim is to combine high quality class content with an enjoyable teaching format.  Its teachers all share a love of dance and a passion for teaching, performing, choreographing and competing.

We pride ourselves in being up-to-date in our expertise with continuous formal development for our teachers and good connections with other dance schools both locally and nationally.  The dance school is accredited by the 'National Association of Teachers of Dancing' (NATD) with whom we run our examinations and teaching qualifications / training.

Aside from our regular classes we run many events such as workshops, social dances, dance holidays, parties, presentation evenings and more! As a school we have proven to be very responsive to the ideas of our students and are always updating content, classes and events.

The Teachers


Rodney Perrott

I qualified as a dance teacher in 1963 with the IDMA dance organisation, which became the IDTA in 1968, and spent the next ten years dancing competitively and winning top international awards in Ballroom and Latin, while working as Area Dance Manager for Courts School of Dancing.  I opened Rodney's Dance School in 1973, teaching children and adults of all abilities.  In 1976, I qualified with the prestigious NATD.

I enjoy teaching dancers of all ages and levels and am motivated by the improvement of students and the fun of the classes.


Annette Jones

I have been dancing for nearly 50 years and involved with teaching for 48.  I originally started dancing in 1970 with Old Time (Sequence) and then Ballroom and Latin American, achieving 76 medals.  I have been involved with teaching in various forms since 1974.  I qualified in Freestyle/Disco with the ISTD in June 1989 and Latin American Dancing with IDTA in March 1991.

I joined Rodney's Dance School during the Summer of 2010 having researched a number of options within the area and have been made very welcome by everyone here.

I pride myself in teaching a standard of dance suitable to the individual and have achieved excellent results with past medallists.  I am keen to teach theoretical elements to the dances to enable greater understanding and allow the student to achieve their full potential.

Everyone needs a 'constant theme' in their life and dancing has been my own - something that has been with me throughout, offering structure and direction.  Let it be yours too!


Cathy Abel

I have been dancing with Rodney's Dance School since I was 6 years old and teach Ballroom, Latin American and Street dance styles.  I fell in love with dancing when taking Disco exams and competing with the school in the 1980s.

Having worked for over 20 years in banking and recently moved to education, dancing has always been my outlet from a busy and demanding work life.  I am passionate about teaching as I feel like dancing can be a great 'get away' for all who take part.  I like to think dancing is for everyone to enjoy,  it's great fun and I couldn't live without it.


Ballroom & Latin

Ballroom and Latin covers 10 main dances: Waltz, Cha cha, Quickstep, Rumba, Tango, Samba, Foxtrot, Jive, Viennese Waltz and Paso Doble. 

We offer medal classes for children and adults which follow a grade path from PSDTs right through to National Award levels.

Our adult social dance courses are a popular option which offer a more relaxed class format from complete beginner to intermediate and advanced levels.


Rainbow classes are for our younger dancers ages 4 to 8, these combine Ballroom, Latin, Disco and fun dances.

As students progress through the dance grades they receive a colour award that builds up into a rainbow trophy.

rainbow trophy

Wedding Dances

Whether a simple Waltz or a elegant American Smooth, the first dance can be a fantastic experience and we are proud to offer bespoke choreographed routines and private lessons.

Whatever your song we will build a custom routine that is both engaging and achievable. 

We aim to provide enjoyable sessions with slick yet simple moves from a variety of dance styles.

Private Lessons

Private lessons offer a more tailored experience than our regular classes, allowing participants to focus on their exact area of interest.  Whether it be a 'booster' in your favourite social dance, a technical one-to-one for exam work or to try something new, these lessons are a great fast-track improvement tool. 

Private lessons can be booked for children or adults in any of our dance styles.

Social Night

We run regular social evenings for our adult Ballroom and Latin students.  These provide a great opportunity to practice, consolidate steps and techniques from recent courses.

We play music for all Ballroom and Latin dances with teachers on hand if you require a little help.  Why not join in a sequence dance?

These evenings have proved popular with many dancers as it offers a relaxed environment to practice.

Gift Vouchures

Gift vouchures are available from the school for our social dance lessons or private\wedding lessons. These are only available directly from the school and not 3rd party vendors or sites. Please note we are unable to honour any vouchers that are not issued directly from the school. For further details please contact us directly.

Price List

Children's lessons (Inc. Rainbows - 30 mins) £5.00
Children's lessons (Wednesdays - 1 hour) £9.00
Adult medal classes (30 mins) £8.00
Adult Social class (single lesson - 1 hour) £10.00
10 lesson ticket £95.00
Private lessons
1 Hour
30 minutes


Where you can find classes


St.  Mary's Church Hall

18:00 - 19:30
Adult Medal Classes

19:30 - 20:30
Private Lessons


Town Hall

18:00 - 19:00
Childrens Medal

19:00 - 20:00
Adult Medal

20:00 - 21:00
Adult Beginners Social

21:00 - 22:00
Adult Intermediates Social


Civic Centre

18:00 - 18:30
Childrens Medal - PSDT

18:30 - 19:00
Childrens Medal - Pre-bronze/Bronze

19:00 - 19:30
Childrens Medal - Bronze/Gold

19:30 - 20:00
Adult Medal

20:00 - 21:00
Adult Beginners Social

21:00 - 22:00
Adult Intermediates Social


St.  John's Community Hall

09:00 - 10:00
Private Lessons - Adults

10:00 - 10:30
Childrens Medal PSDT

10:30 - 11:00
Childrens Medal Bronze

11:00 - 11:30
Childrens Medal Pre-bronze

11:30 - 12:00
Rainbows (Ages 4-8)