FEET with Heat

swing dance specialists

Offering partner dance instruction since 2002 and NZ's first (and currently only) professionally qualified Swing and R'n'R dance teachers


Accredited members of the New Zealand Association Of Dance Teachers (NZADT)

New Zealand Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing (FATD) - Licentiate & Associate levels Rock’n’Roll branch

Australian Rock’n’Roll Dancesport Council Inc (ARRDC Inc) - Licentiate & Affiliate levels in Jitterbug/Lindy Hop

We know what it's like to try something new, it can a vulnerable experience.  That's why at FEET with Heat we endeavour to create a friendly and non-judgmental experience....we don't criticise, we don't judge and we are always open to questions and feedback. 

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.
— Mikhail Baryshnikov

What do I wear?

The main thing is being able to move comfortably in class.  Generally, guys wear pants and shirt/T-shirt and girls wear trousers and a T-shirt or skirt or dress.  Basically the preferred dress code is tidy casual, unless you want to dress up, then go for it!  

Do I need special shoes?

If your shoes have a shallow tread on them, they should be fine.  The best thing you can do to test out your shoes is to find a polished floor (or lino) and see how they feel.  You want to be able to pivot / spin on the ball of your foot.

Do I have to bring a partner?

Both singles and couples are welcome.  If you have someone to bring and want to dance with them, perfect.  Most people who come to class though come without their partner...and they have heaps of fun, hehe.

Who do I dance with?

We rotate dance partners, so you will hopefully dance with everyone in class...if you would rather not though let your dance teacher know - that's fine.  You will never be forced to do anything you don't want to.

Do I have to know some dancing beforehand?

The reason you are reading this is most likely that you don't, so of course, no previous experience is necessary.  If you do have some experience, that's cool too - be sure to select the appropriate level of class. 

Are there competitions / medals exams?

We endeavour to offer our students all sorts of opportunities to dance.  This includes access to workshops and competitions, special events, exhibitions and social dancing both in Wellington and further afield - yes we travel too!  

Check out our Events page for what's on.  Studio Medal tests are held at least annually.  

How long are the classes?

Classes are 1 hour and that includes dedicated practice time before the hour is up.

How do I pay?

We take cash at the moment - sorry no Eftpos yet, but plenty of money machines just outside the studio.  We also have monthly concessions including an unlimited monthly pass if you love to dance to save you a little money. 

Questions...Just ask us

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Level 2, 39 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington