Donna M Poole - Something different
Donna M Poole - Professional Ballroom & Latin American Dance Instructor

   If you are looking for something different for a works do, team building day, hen party, fund raising for your school then the next few examples of what I have been involved in may give you the inspiration you need. 
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Oh Jane
What a fabulous
  60th B'day party
(70's theme .. fantastic!!)


Robert & Diane's
Wedding Anniversary Celebrations
was so much fun with some dance instruction!!!


Looks like I'm getting into Dancing holidays now, thanks to the guys at HPB & Barnham Broom
Country Club
Fab Fun with a Fab crowd
See you all again soon!! x




Marrie was celebrating her 90th birthday at Hethersett Village Hall with a wonderful afternoon tea with her family & me along for that special dance session!!


The lucky children at Alpington &
Bergh Apton
Primary school are turning their class room into the set of Strictly so I get to go along & teach them a couple of dances to show their families. 
All wrapped up with a tea dance for all of the boys & girls to give it a go with their parents/guardians. 


To celebrate her 13th birthday Maddie & 4 girl friends came for a
cha cha cha master class

Broadland Housing were having a fun week trying all sorts of activities including holding their very own Strictly afternoon - much more fun than working!!!


Wymondham Town Team  asked me to run a Tea Dance to coincide with their Vintage Day
Great dancing guys!!!


Rachel & her hens will be having fun in Norwich when I help them choreograph there own pop video!!!

Pauline had a amazing weather for her birthday bash in the garden in Norwich on the 1st July
A brilliant time was had when we ran a Jive masterclass then it was over to the band/bbq & bar!!


Shhhhh ... I couldn't talk about a secret event I was booked for booked in April.....
but now I can ...
Happy 70th Birthday Carol
what a wonderful evening at the Assembly House, Norwich
with good food, friends & dancing of course!!



Very exciting,
I was asked to
appear on our
local Tv Station
Mustard Tv and commentate on
Strictly Come Dancing


The sun came out just in time for the Barford Festival
on Saturday
9th July
Where I ran a
Cha Cha Cha Masterclass 


I ran a 2hr session as part of a 12hr
Dance-Athon for The Big C Appeal at Easton & Otley College.

Ive been out to host a strictly birthday bash in NorthTuddenham this month  & I will be off to do the same in Hunstanton
in October



To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ day
I was asked to host a dance
 at Drayton Village Hall
for any dancers and local people.
Brilliant night!!!


Our wonderful conductor Dario (from the Imperial
 Vienna Orchestra)
sent me an SOS on
 Sat 9th, 8am ............
help we need an entertainer for
our wedding tonight!!!!!!
Happy to help, just call me the
4th emergency service.

Once again I was invited to the NANAB to provide the music for one of their lovely tea dances.

Bessingham in
North Norfolk was my destination on bank holiday weekend as a wedding party from London holiday in Norfolk
hoping to learn the Waltz for the wedding in June.


Stephanie & Nick (pupils of mine) have got an exciting year and to celebrate they had a right ole knees up with me entertaining their friends & Family.
 What a hoot!!!


Well I always say I like a challenge.
I was asked to teach  the staff at the UEA at their Christmas Party.
Nothing unusual there I here you say..... try over 1500 staff!!!!
Still I got to recover over Christmas!!!


Three of my couples maximised a rare night off for me by arranging a dinner party with me doing a lesson before hand as one of the couples are lucky enough to have a ballroom in their house!!

They wouldn't let me move in though!!!!


You want me to teach animals
 or the humans?
 was the question I had to ask when I had a call from Banham Zoo...
Well the Caravan park to be precise!!
Off I went to one of the Norfolk Caravan Clubs Rally's to teach the families the Waltz & the Rumba.
We all had a laugh.
See you again soon.

NANAB invited me back again to host another one of their fabulous tea dances.

Was a brilliant month as I hosted a Valentines Ball featuring
the Imperial Vienna Orchestra along with over
 100 of my pupils.
Photos under the heading opposite.
Well a lucky Bride called lauren & her hens had a hoot  this month when I went over to Risby in Suffolk to help start their hen party go off with a bang.
You may think this is in the evening... no this is early morning, well they had a lot to get through!!!!!
Back I went to see the staff and their guests at the Norfolk And Norwich Association for the Blind for another great tea dance full of dancing & of course those fab cakes!!!!
Tuckswood School Norwich are so lucky to have had arranged for them a 5 x week course for the pupils/parents & staff to have a go at ballroom dancing which started this month.
Back off to Furze Hill House, North Walsham with Stan & Diane at the end of June to visit the staff & residents for tea, cakes oh, and a little bit of dancing.
Carrow Rd, Norwich,
Home of Norwich City Football club was my destination for a 60th birthday party where all of the guests got to have a go at some Latin American dancing.
Happy Birthday Teresa the dance was amazing!!
I went back for tea and cakes to the Association for the Blind in Norwich
again in May.
And yes there was lots of music and dancing too!!!!
North Walsham Young Farmers had a go at this dancing business when I visited them at their meeting on
Tuesday 2nd April.
Lisa's 30th strictly themed birthday party was postponed due to snow in January, can you believe off I go in March to New Costessey to the new
re-scheduled party &
it was snowing again!!!!
Still everyone got into the swing of things and we all had a great night.
Happy 80th Birthday to Eunice this month -
her family invited me
along to
her daughter's house in Norwich to teach them all some ballroom dances.  
Vienna was the destination (unfortunately not for me)as I was asked to teach a member of the Grenadier Guards how to Viennesse Waltz ahead of a ball this month .
 I hope it went well!!!
I returned to the NNAB to run a tea dance for residents and staff.
As I remembed rightly the cakes
were once again great !!!!
Felminghall Hall, North Walsham was the venue for me to visit this month to help celebrate Toni's 30th Wedding Anniversary Black Tie dinner. Toni brought 18 of her closest family & friends  from Wimbeldon, London for the week so it had to get started with plenty of laughs!!!!
Paul & Helen (pupils of mine)
 celebrated their silver wedding anniversary this month and invited me to teach their friends and family at a bit if a bash in Norwich.
 On the 7th I went off to a surprise a hen at her own hen party in Norwich to teach 10 fellow hens - always a hoot!!!!!!
Narborough Hall, Swaffham was my destination to Mel & Mikey
at their wedding reception where I watched them dance their first dance (choreographed by yours truly ) and then it was the turn of friends & family to strut their stuff on the dance floor as I taught them the the Cha Cha Cha!!!
Well done to the residents of the Association for the blind (Magpie Rd, Norwich) we had a great time with our 1st ever tea dance.
This month I went to see 
Jean & Dave at their dance at Garveston Village Hall
to show their dancers my
selction of dance shoes for sale -
you know us ladies
and our shoes!!!!!
This month I headed off to a lucky ladies surprise birthday party to teach her & her guests some
Latin American dancing at their home in North Tuddenham.
I think they were still
dancing when I left!!!!
Something different for me was that I went going over to a dance group in Garveston to show them my dance shoe collection as they enjoyed their
Pre - Christmas Dance.
Us ladies do like our shoes!!!!!
Siobhann & the rest of the hens  had a  session to learn a dance to surprise the groom & the rest of the guests at ther wedding this month and we have the photos to prove that some dancing did actually go on!!!!!!
Glitz & glamour was the scene on Friday 9th September as I went back to North Walsham to visit the staff & residents of Furze Hill House. I last went in October and they had such a fun time we did it all over again and I also dragged  back Stan & Diane (a couple I teach) with me!
This month I also had a party of friends come in to celebrate Mim's birthday
with a fun hour of Jive!!!
I was asked to host a Tea Dance in conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support at the Wymondham Central Hall on Sunday 4th September. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and I am pleased to say that we managed to raise £375.00
Well when you have a wedding to plan for and a string quartet to entertain your guests you need to know that they can all dance so that's exactly what one couple did the day before their wedding!
 A party of 20 came in for a lesson in the social foxtrot, Waltz and a bit of the Cha Cha Cha.
I hear that they had a great time
 on the day!
Val had a 40th birthday party with a difference -  she enjoyed Latin American dancing so much I went along to her Latin American themed party to have fun with her friends and family teaching them a few moves. Good job everyone!!!!
I went to the Dog pub in Norwich to surprise a previous pupil of mine as his collegues (some of whom I teach) wanted to send him off to his new job in London in style -
he wowed his friends as we demonstrated the Cha Cha Cha
This month saw my first ever dance with a  fabulous strict tempo band from Chemlsford - The Jeff Short Band and his singers.
We had a fabulous time so I am sure they will be back in the fututre!!!
On Sunday 27th March I ran a Tea Dance at The Lenwade House Hotel where the proceeds are going towards the building of a new community hall in Great Witchingham.
On the 26th of this month I went to Hempnall Village Hall and had a great time with Jenny & her pals for her hen night - they danced all night to the
Cha Cha Cha & Jive!!!
I was booked to do a post christmas team building dance experience for a company in Norwich before they went out for a meal
Hope they enjoyed it Jenny!!!
I headed off to Eastern College for a few fun sessions again in this month.
The Cha Cha Cha & the Jive hit the spot!
You may well have heard my name being mentioned on Radio Norfolk recently. Apparently I saved the day - curious?
Well Alan from Furze Hill House in North Walsham rang me in in desperation.
He had got planned a fantastic tea dance  for all of the residents to include music and dancing from glitzier times only to be let down at the last minute -
could I help?
Well it is my pleasure to say that I went there along with a couple that I teach who kindly demonstrated a few of the dances and managed to dance with a few of the residents as well.
As a thank you Alan has got in touch with Radio Norfolk to tell the story.
Let me know if you heard something.
Bert & Laura met at one of my classes fell in love got engaged and have now got married!   (Just call me Cilla!)
They had a reception in October in Norwich where their first dance included three other couples from their class and an amazing dance of course -
I did the choreography!!!
Well done to you both we all had a fantastic evening.
I was booked by the committee for the Tibenham Community Hall
to run a dance for them to raise money for their hall - well done chaps!
Saturday 3rd was the night we all
went out of mass!!
61 of my students and myself went to the first Great Yarmouth Dance Festival
for an amazing night/weekend of dancing with the famous
Ross Mitchell & his singers.
Once more I paid a visit to the students at Eastern College -
this time running 3 x 45 minute sessions including the Cha Cha Cha & the Jive.
I think some of the staff are secretly enjoying it as well!!
Heard of the programme
Well in March  I choreographed a
(only including the men of the
bridal party!!!)
The wedding was themed  on the film
 Men in Tights!!!
Don't believe me see it for yourself -
On Sunday 7th I went off to
Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett
to teach the Cha Cha Cha
at Peter & Lucy's Wedding Reception
Brilliant Fun!!
Congratulations to the pair of you and I am glad to say they are still learning to dance!
A party of  home educated boys & girls came to Wicklewood Village Hall on Friday 12th to have a session with me. We managed the Waltz and the Cha Cha Cha - by a show of hands the Waltz was the winner!!!
Hemblington Primary School
got a visit from me this month when I turned up to teach them the Jitterbug/Jive.
Yrs 5 & 6 were doing a project on the 1930's so they learnt how to dance as part of their PE session -
Even the Headmistress got involved!
I ran a valentines dance with a difference. A giant raffle was organised with all of the proceeds and any donations going to the Haiti Disaster fund - we raised
Sunday 31st
saw nearly 60 people Viennese Waltz around Ketts Park Recreation Centre, Wymondham
I am pleased to say that that nobody
got so dizzy they felt ill!!!
A party of 12 came in to celebrate a 30th birthday in style with 2 hours of dance tuition before their evening out. 
 Saturday 11th July was the date on everybody's lips -
A night with Strictly Come Dancing  stars Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova. 
How did I manage to get the stars to commit to coming toWymondham? Not only that they spent the evening with us dancing 5 fabulous Latin American Dances with 5 stunning costumes, did a question and answer session as well as have their photos taken with everybody individually. Hence to say the evening was AMAZING!! 
I visited the Wymondham Young Farmers at their July meeting at the Wymondham Central Hall to teach them the social Foxtrot and the Cha Cha Cha. (I will be going back soon apparently) 
I was invited to help choreograph a dance for the Staff from Northgate High School for their very own 'Strictly Come dancing' event.( I was asked to judge but it clashed with my very own evening with Strictly Come Dancing stars Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova)  
The news is they raised over £1500.00 for Children in Need - Well done guys -
See you next year!! 
I was the guest instructor at a short course held at the Ashleigh First School, Wymondham to celebrate the Wymondham Music Festival 2009 enabling the group to learn 5 dances. 
Jenny invited me to teach at a charity  Salsa/Latin American  fundraiser evening at Swanton Morley Village Hall . All proceeds went to the
 I was  involved with the National Trust at Blickling Hall. Here the Blickling Diggers re-enact times and history of the past. Their latest venture was to perform a piece set in 1938 so I was asked to help advise and choreograph two scenes which would involve the dances of that time. 
I was asked to teach nearly 250 people for a corporate event held at
 The Norwich City Football Club.
Here they got stuck into a fab
Jive routine with
kicks and flicks and all sorts
(not quite in the league of "Strictly" but at least they all gave it a go). 
I  completed some sessions with the students at Eastern College. I went over there for a couple of weeks where a group of around 20 or so students paired up and learnt the Waltz, the Quickstep, the Jive and the cha cha cha. Even some of the admin staff came and had a go.
 A massive project that I was asked to do was to be asked to become involved as a  co-organiser/choreographer and a judge for a charity event  called 'Not quite Strictly Come Dancing'. Here I had to
choreograph  twenty  ballroom & latin American dance routines and an opening sequence.
The event was a sell out six months before the tickets were due to go on sale.
We had press coverage and the event raised a total of £2400.00 after all costs were deducted. 
 The Ladies of the Wymondham Abbey group kindly invited me along last year for a talk and to teach them some dance moves. 
I had a mad time with two of the branches of the Halifax Building Society on their bonus night . We moved some desks and chairs in one of their branches (in full view  of the late night shoppers) I got them dancing the Waltz and the Cha Cha Cha. Funny how there's always a camera around when the boss has a go!!!   
Both the Harleston & the Wymondham Young Farmers have also had the taste of Ballroom & Latin American Dancing. 
I have been involved with several hen nights and team building days across Norfolk. 
I was asked to teach at a wedding reception at Barnham Broom Country Club. Here I got everyone up doing the Cha Cha Cha. 
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