At First Dance Leeds we recognise that each first dance is unique and special. That is why we make sure in the consultation that we choose the right teacher for your dance, whether it be traditional or Hip-Hop we have a range of teachers to make sure you get the perfect fit.


fdA truly accomplished dancer, James has been dancing since 2004. James runs and teaches at Salsa Dance Leeds and at Leodis Collective throughout the week.

James specialises in Street and Latin dancing, particularly Salsa. Recently winning a regional competition for Salsa and has also performed at Street and Latin at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom at the World Freestyle Dance Championships.

As well as normal partner dancing, James is also an expert in lifts and dips that can be integrated into your choreography if you’re feeling adventurous.

Videos of James in action!


A fantastically energetic and talented dancer Mike truely is the King of swing! Mike is one of the most renowned Swing dancers and teachers in Leeds, if not the north of England.

Specialising in all areas of swing, particularly Lindy Hop and Charleston, Mike is the man if you want to be swinging your way onto the dancefloor in style!

Mike performs every year for the Lindy Fridays dance crew at the ‘Lindy at the light’ and as a keen musician can bring that extra edge of musicality to your dance.


KatThe Hip Hop Queen, Kat is a fun loving Yorkshirewoman with an expertise in Street dance. If you’re looking to bring some fun/hip hop moves to your routine with a feminine edge, Kat is the teacher for you.

Currently part of many performing street groups Kat has vast amounts of experience with public performances.

Kat’s great personality will make you feel comfortable whilst getting the best out of you! An experienced hiphop teacher make sure you get Kat for your First Dance.


rachelRachel is our Ballroom and Latin expert who has also has a competitive dance background in Freestyle Disco and Rock n’ Roll. So whether you’re looking for sensual Salsa, a slow Waltz, a funky Disco dance to make the crowd smile or a racy Rumba, Rachel is here to help.

And if you’re looking for something completely wacky and different, Rachel is always up for a challenge!

Rachel teaches at Salsa Dance Leeds along with James, Jake and Emma and is also a member of Salsa Squad Leeds and Element Dance Company.


michaelaMulti-lingual Michaela is not only the teams official translator but is also the only one who has actually done her own first dance. This experience inspired her to join our ranks and now teaches the men how it should be done.

Specialising in Salsa and Tango, Michaela knows how to bring the passion to the dancefloor!

Michaela’s bubbly personality and her desire for perfection makes here a fantastic choice of teacher for your First Dance.

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