BJM DANCE
BJM Dance
Tel: 07592033621
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Tel: 07592033621
bjmdanceayrshire@gmail.com

Our Story

Janet and I have been dancing together since 2006 when we started taking lessons with Andrew and Margaret Cowan of Cowan School of Dance and have been teaching Ballroom and Latin American dancing in Cumnock Town Hall since September 2018. We are qualified dance instructors and members of the SDTA (Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance) In the summer of 2018 we were approached by East Ayrshire Council with a view to starting an adult Ballroom and Latin dance class in Cumnock Town Hall. We readily agreed to do this and BJMDANCE was born. Shortly after starting our classes in September 2018 we were contacted by Hazel Malakoty, a PE teacher at nearby Cumnock Academy and organiser of a local dance event called Cumnock Come Dance, asking us if we would be interested on taking part in the next Cumnock Come Dance to be b held in Cumnock Academy early in the new year. Happy to take up the invitation we went along with around a dozen of our class to the 2019 Cumnock Come Dance event and performed a Salsa and Cha Cha Cha. We repeated the process in 2020 this time dancing a Salsa and Ballroom Tango. With our classes progressing well throughout 2019 we decided to organise our first Christmas Social Dance. This proved to be a great success and was well attended not only by our class but with other local dancing friends. We then started to plan other dances for the following Easter, Summer, Halloween and Christmas but unfortunately COVID made a sudden appearance and we had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close down our class from March 2020. It soon became clear to us that COVID was going to be with us for some time to come and that there would be no Social dancing. This lead us to start to look for ways if keeping in touch with our class and to try to keep them dancing. We started to out together some short videos which we filmed in our own home. These videos showed the basic steps and routines for several of the Ballroom and Latin American dances we taught. The videos were then posted on our private dance page on Facebook. This helped us of achieving our two main aims of keeping in touch with our class and also allowing them to practice the steps and routines in the comfort of their own homes. Moving forward to August 2021, we were given the all clear to restart classes. We started up once again in Cumnock Town Hall where we were joined old and new faces alike. Our Christmas Social Dance was another successful evening with the proceeds of our Christmas raffle going to Irvine and Troon Cancer Care, a local Cancer charity.
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Our Story

Janet and I have been dancing together since 2006 when we started taking lessons with Andrew and Margaret Cowan of Cowan School of Dance and have been teaching Ballroom and Latin American dancing in Cumnock Town Hall since September 2018. We are qualified dance instructors and members of the SDTA (Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance) In the summer of 2018 we were approached by East Ayrshire Council with a view to starting an adult Ballroom and Latin dance class in Cumnock Town Hall. We readily agreed to do this and BJMDANCE was born. Shortly after starting our classes in September 2018 we were contacted by Hazel Malakoty, a PE teacher at nearby Cumnock Academy and organiser of a local dance event called Cumnock Come Dance, asking us if we would be interested on taking part in the next Cumnock Come Dance to be b held in Cumnock Academy early in the new year. Happy to take up the invitation we went along with around a dozen of our class to the 2019 Cumnock Come Dance event and performed a Salsa and Cha Cha Cha. We repeated the process in 2020 this time dancing a Salsa and Ballroom Tango. With our classes progressing well throughout 2019 we decided to organise our first Christmas Social Dance. This proved to be a great success and was well attended not only by our class but with other local dancing friends. We then started to plan other dances for the following Easter, Summer, Halloween and Christmas but unfortunately COVID made a sudden appearance and we had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close down our class from March 2020. It soon became clear to us that COVID was going to be with us for some time to come and that there would be no Social dancing. This lead us to start to look for ways if keeping in touch with our class and to try to keep them dancing. We started to out together some short videos which we filmed in our own home. These videos showed the basic steps and routines for several of the Ballroom and Latin American dances we taught. The videos were then posted on our private dance page on Facebook. This helped us of achieving our two main aims of keeping in touch with our class and also allowing them to practice the steps and routines in the comfort of their own homes. Moving forward to August 2021, we were given the all clear to restart classes. We started up once again in Cumnock Town Hall where we were joined old and new faces alike. Our Christmas Social Dance was another successful evening with the proceeds of our Christmas raffle going to Irvine and Troon Cancer Care, a local Cancer charity.