We aim to give you the perfect balance of dance, relaxation, local culture and fun with our immersive dance experience at the unique Huerta del Cura in Elche.
Our experienced teachers are hand picked. Each and every one with an excellent reputation for the quality of their teaching and guiding their students to success in competition. You will work with a variety of male and female teachers and as part of our package you will be able to develop your technique and perfect your dancing skills in their workshops and group classes. You will also have the opportunity to relax and look after your mind and body in our daily stretching/yoga class for dancers.
You can book individual lessons (not included in package price) with one or more of our recommended teachers to give your dance skills that extra boost, and learn from their individual experience and skills. We have multiple teachers, including specialists in Latin, in Ballroom and in Ten Dance.
But your holiday won’t end there! We plan a great variety of dance evenings, cultural events and excursions. We couldn’t bring you to Spain without giving you the opportunity to board a boat and sail to an island beach…
Fly into Alicante and travel inland to Elche, capital of the El Baix Vinalopó district of the Valencian region of Spain and experience the city’s remarkable and rich Moorish and Christian history and culture.
With a wealth of historic sites dating back to the heyday of the Moors in Spain, from the 12th century Arab Baths and Alcaźar de la Señoria to the 17th century Basilica Santa Maria, Elche is a real gem. A UNESCO world heritage city, Elche has more than 200,000 protected palms in its many parks, groves and gardens. Its unique Botanical Gardens are only a minute’s walk from the hotel.
Elche is a small city and an easy pleasure to walk around with a wealth of restaurants and watering holes. Its modern day success is as a result of its 100 or so shoe factories. It boasts excellent shopping in its many individual stores, boutiques and, of course, shoe shops.
Set in its own private garden, the ballroom is like no other you will ever have danced in. Especially for this event we are installing our bespoke large dance floor.
You can relax and wind down after your class in the beautiful private garden surrounding the ballroom. We want to give you an unparalleled dance experience in an extraordinary environment.
It is our great pleasure to introduce you to the amazing Flamenco Tablao group who will be performing an exclusive private show for you in our ballroom.
The dancers and musicians include some of the most accomplished and respected exponents of this traditional art form in the country.
Fefa Gómez is considered to be the finest female flamenco dancer in the region, a regular performer she also teaches at the Conservatorio de Alicante. She will be performing with Cristóbal Muñoz, from Madrid, and accompanied by guitarist Antonio Moreno and singer Miguel Fernández. You can find more information about Fefa Gómez and the group here: www.fefagomez.com
We have been privileged to watch these incredible artists perform. It was a moving and exhilarating experience. Everything is improvised, there are no routines! And the level of intensity and emotion they put into their Tablao is simply remarkable. We hope you will enjoy watching them as much as know we will!
On the last day of your trip, we will be setting sail from Santa Pola with Captain David on his beautiful yacht for our nautical adventure! Leaving Santa Pola mid-morning, we will sail to the Island of Tabarca, weighing anchor in a cove just offshore to relax, swim and snorkel off the back of the boat.
We will be picked up by a little launch from the local restaurant where we’ll be lunching and taken to the island for a relaxed potter about. We will then head back to Santa Pola in plenty of time to get ready for a fabulous evening of tapas and social dancing in Elche.
This trip promises to be special in every way. Our cruise on the private yacht will be the perfect way to finish your dance holiday with Shall We Dance!
We're delighted to introduce you to our first Guest Teacher, Leila Stewart who will be with us for the entire week. We are incredibly fortunate to have Leila join us in Elche. She is a phenomenally accomplished dancer and a dedicated teacher. Her focus is on technical expertise and helping you bring your personality to your performance. You will love her warm and empathetic style.
Over the last ten years Leila has represented England in the competitive Latin American section, becoming British National Latin American Champion at the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival. Her other competitive successes include placing 4th at the International Championships, 4th at the Dutch Open, and just before her retirement from competitive dancing in 2017, fourth in the Professional Latin British Nationals.
Leila continues her successful performance career and credits include touring the UK alongside Strictly Come Dancing’s Pasha Kovalev in two of his National UK theatre tours, teaching and performing alongside Strictly’s professionals on the Strictly Come Dancing-themed P&O Cruises and starring as Principal Ballroom Dancer in numerous national UK theatre tours, popular examples are: Crazy for Gershwin, Simply Gershwin, and Frank Sinatra - dancing to the spectacular soundtrack of the London Concert Orchestra.
Packages include hotel room for six nights, food, excursions, entertainment and activities. Details of packages and prices available on request.
Dancers of all levels and experience welcome, as well as family and friends who can join dance classes or who would just like to enjoy the other activities and excursions we have lined up for you.