About Footwork Dancesport Studio

Top-notch training in a friendly social studio?!

Footwork Dancesport Studio

Footwork Dancesport Studio is a purpose-built dance studio close to the centre of Hamilton, with a large floor, mirrored walls and ample spectator seating. It has been operating since 1996.

Today, Footwork has a reputation for being a friendly, social studio offering high quality dance tuition. Our wonderful selection of classic and contemporary dance music is the essential component that incites people to dance.

Our main objective in our beginner classes is to teach Ballroom and Latin American dances so that you can dance them within a reasonably short period of time. Ten weeks is all it takes to learn four dances that you can use socially, and with confidence.

We also offer tuition in the New Vogue style, teaching dances like the Barclay Blues, La Bomba and Lucille Waltz.

The majority of people attend our studio for recreational purposes, but if you do catch the dancing bug more seriously then we can steer you towards our strong group of medallists and competition dancers.

So enrol in our next 10 week beginner course (check the Beginners page for details) and by the end of your first 10 weeks you will be able to dance your first four dances: the Waltz, Rhythm Foxtrot, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha – more than enough to get you up and dancing at the next social or wedding, and you’ll have met a great group of people as well.

Please also feel free to drop in one evening just to watch. Grab yourself a tea or coffee from our rec area, take a seat and watch a class in progress.
Check our timetable for class times.

Your dance teacher

Michael Jonson

When Michael registered for a beginner dance class more than 20 years ago he never expected to go past the first 10 weeks. But discovering a passion for dance he went on to train as a competitive dancer in all three styles – Modern Ballroom, New Vogue and Latin American – before trading his dance shoes for overseas adventures.

Since returning to the world of dance Michael has qualified as a professional licentiate Ballroom and New Vogue, as well as associate Latin dance teacher with the New Zealand Federation of Dance Teachers (NZFDT) and the Society of Australasian Teachers of Dance (SATD).

Michael, who owns and runs Footwork with his wife Kim, now thrives on sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with dancers at all levels.

Also at the studio

The first person you’re likely to meet at Footwork is Charles, our knowledgeable and friendly receptionist who is always willing to take the floor when a partner is needed.