Testimonials

"Maggie, thank you so much for your patience and hard work for our 1st dance. We really appreciate your effort to make 'our' song work. And if we say so ourselves, we were quite amazing!! We enjoyed every minute and our family and friends are still talking about it. Thanks again!"
Rach & Jon

"Learning to dance with Maggie and Stuart has been absolutely brilliant. Their enthusiasm and passion for dance is so infectious it always inspires us to keep trying. Having started to dance, we cannot imagine ever wanting to stop, we cannot recommend them highly enough. Thanks to them, having to sit and watch whilst others get up on the dance floor to enjoy themselves, is now a thing of the past!"
Martin and Carol

"We joined one of Maggie & Stuart's Ballroom / Latin dance classes some years ago, we knew the basic steps to a lot of dances, and with their tuition and help (and a lot of enjoyment and fun) we progressed into being able to participate in a wide variety of dances. Last year we had a family celebration - our daughter-in-law's 50th, my 70th and our Golden Wedding Anniversary. We had a party for 350 guests in a barn, on our farm, lined with a marquee liner. We asked Maggie and Stuart if they would come and start the evening with a selection of dances for all ages. This they did, with great success, we had an age range from 8 to 80 years all dancing together, it was fantastic. Thanks to you both."
Mary and Arthur Howick

"We had a fantastic time learning to dance in preparation for our wedding. As both of us were beginners we were nervous but Maggie gave us the confidence and guidance to really enjoy it. We both enjoyed the experience and cannot thank Maggie enough for making our first dance very special and memorable."
Martyn and Alex Gidley

"It was a real pleasure learning our first dance with Maggie. We had a rough idea of what we wanted, and we knew the song, but not much more. We were delighted with the steps that Maggie designed for us and we thoroughly enjoyed learning them. She was patient and really encouraging and obviously very passionate about what she does. It was a fantastic part of a fantastic day - thanks Maggie!"
Will and Kate Linssen

"After trawling the internet to find someone to help us with our wedding dance we found a couple of national dance schools as well as the Gillespie School of Dancing in Nottingham. Following some phone calls we very quickly decided that Maggie Gillespie would be best because of her personal and friendly approach. We felt totally at ease from our very first meeting. She helped us to choose the right song, talked to us to find out what we wanted from the routine, and choreographed our routine taking into account the layout of the reception venue. She worked at our pace and was always entirely positive and supportive even when we forgot the steps! Maggie was very flexible in terms of dates for lessons and always easy to contact. We appreciated that Maggie took time to come to our wedding reception venue for our final practise. Our first dance couldn't have gone any better! We enjoyed every second of it. We would highly recommend Maggie."
Paul and Catherine Honey

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"I like learning new moves, making friends and having lots of fun." Sian, 12

"I love learning new dances in disco & new steps in Latin, it's great fun. Stuart & Maggie are amazing teachers & really funny." Adrianne, 13

"Dancing is good exercise & great fun." Sarah, 17

"Since I am a boy, I like learning new steps that boys can do. Also Stuart & Maggie are great dancing teachers." Sam, 11

"I love dancing because you learn to dance and then you can dance when you are older." Caity, 9

"I like learning new moves in my private lesson with Stuart & Maggie who are really nice to me. I like dancing in the general class because I get to dance with my friends." Bethan, 13

"I love dancing because it's dancing." Freddie, 10

"One of my favourite TV programmes is Strictly Come Dancing. And I can be just like the stars dancing." Helan, 13

"I love everything about dancing." Leah, 11

"I love Maggie & Stuart and really enjoy dancing with all my friends." Holly, 20

"Dancing is great fun and very good exercise. I love learning new things in my private lessons." Chantelle, 17

"Dancing is fun and you meet new people." Hannah, 16

"I like learning new dances, seeing my friends that I have made at the Saturday class and meeting new people who join. Stuart & Maggie are 'the best'." Charlotte, 15

"Dancing is fun." Carly, 7

"I like dancing because I get to see my friends." Theo, 7

"Neither of us had danced before and wanted something simple to make our first dance special but not too showy. Maggie did a perfect job of choreographing a dance that fitted this to a 'T'! We had four dance lessons in total which was enough as our routine was quite straight-forward. On the day everyone said how elegant and lovely our dance was. We would highly recommend Maggie to any other couples for their first dance. The sessions were enjoyable and Maggie made it so easy to learn a new dance, even for novices like us!"
Tracey and Matt Fountain

"Maggie, thank you so much for your effort, patience and creativity in teaching us our first wedding dance choreography. We certainly felt it was "ours" and it went perfectly with the music we chose which wasn't an easy or standard one. Thank you for helping us even though we came to you so late, you made sure we made the best of the lessons, we had a great time and laugh together and the result was a beautiful dance which, despite our nerves, we managed to dance without a mistake :) (just like you said) and our friends and family loved it. We will always recommend you to anyone that needs dance classes!"
Ania and John James

"Just to say a massive thank you Maggie for our wedding dance lessons - you were fantastic and we had such fun learning. We had an amazing day and the dance topped it. We will be coming back to continue our dancing further. Huge thanks once again."
Jane and Matt Tatler

Wedding Testimonials

"When we had the idea of getting help to create a choreographed first dance for our wedding, our only expectation was that we did not want to do a shuffle, we wanted to give everyone a little surprise and we wanted to look like we sort of knew what we were doing. We had no dance experience at all prior to our lesson. We immediately hit it off with Maggie and Stuart. Maggie took on board our unusual song choice and that we wanted to do 'something latin' and came up with a unique routine that was fun, impressive and memorable for us.

Our fortnightly lessons became more than just learning our first dance, we had a great time. It was a chance to do something new together, with a fantastic teacher who put us at our ease and made it fun. Talking about how we would do the dance on the day, she also got into our spirit of anticipation and excitement.

Maggie gives a personal touch, she really connects with you and you can tell she cares about getting it right for you and your wedding day, even down to doing a rehearsal at our venue a week before the wedding.

On the night we felt great, breaking into our cha cha and salsa inspired dance, family and friends cheered us and we were so pleased we went for it. The dance that Maggie choreographed was more challenging than we would have thought we could have done when we started lessons which is credit entirely to her.

We cannot recommend Maggie and Stuart highly enough, not only great choreographers and teachers, more importantly absolutely wonderful people."
Tracey and Gabe Dunn

"Thank you for your effort and patience throughout our lessons and for your creativity when it came to the steps for our unusual first dance song :) You made it ours. It was a pleasure to come to classes every week as it was not only work but also great fun. All our guests were impressed and we felt like our dance was one of a kind. We can definitely recommend you!"
Izabela and Szymon

"Having joined the dancing school at the age of around 5 years, I enjoyed many a Saturday morning both working hard in the build up to taking medal examinations and more socially in the general class. I have lost count of the exams taken but worked my way up from Bronze to Presidents Award in Freestyle in addition to taking Pairs and Latin American exams. The medal presentations were always something to look forward to with competitions and demonstrations from the professionals!

As part of my time at the dancing school we took part in a number of dance shows at a local theatre group and Maggie and Stuart worked hard to organise several trips - one most memorable one to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Both Maggie and Stuart are fantastic dance teachers with an immense amount of experience and we always had lots of fun! Needless to say when I got married in 2008 who best to introduce my husband to be to in order to get some proper choreography for our first dance routine. Thank you for helping us make our day special and most importantly surprising all our guests!"
Graeme and Laura Proud

"We approached Maggie with much trepidation to give us a few pointers in how to competently move around a dance floor to our chosen first dance track. Over three lessons we not only learned how to move, but also managed a choreographed routine! The dance went without a hitch and we would thoroughly recommend Maggie for her enthusiasm, attention to detail and excellent teaching style. She helped put me at ease. I had never danced before in my life! Thanks again."
Martin and Theresa Cookson

"We had a lovely day from start to finish. Our first dance went well and we remembered every step! Lots of people commented on our beautiful choice of music too. David was brilliant he didn't forget a thing. We really did enjoy our lessons and we love being able to dance a waltz now. We'd love to learn more we've just got to find the time!"
Lee and David Horne

"Keith and I wanted to say a big thank you for teaching us the first dance for our wedding in December, especially as we came to you only 4 weeks before the big day and you managed to ensure we didn't look stupid during our first dance. In fact we loved every minute of it and the fact Keith even said he enjoyed the process of learning the routine was something I never thought I would hear him say! Bearing in mind we both had two left feet you made it really enjoyable and light hearted. It was also great that you were so flexible, fitting around our busy diaries. Our wedding day was amazing - absolutely everything we could have hoped for and we have so many great memories."
Sian and Keith

"Having learnt to dance from a young age with Maggie and Stuart and with our daughter now a pupil at the dance school, I thought it was a great idea to have our wedding dance choreographed. When I suggested it to my husband Ian, who had never taken a dance step in his life, he wasn't too keen at first but agreed. We provided Maggie with the music (Evergreen by Westlife) and Maggie put together a beautiful routine.

Ian was extremely nervous at first but Maggie worked with both of us to learn the routine - helping Ian learn the steps and giving him the confidence each time that on the day, he would be great. The weekend appointments worked great with both of us working full time. Maggie came to our wedding venue with us a week before the wedding to ensure we were comfortable doing the routine in the room.

The big day finally arrived and I can honestly say it was the best decision we ever made to have our wedding dance choreographed. We have very special memories from our day - the vows, the speeches and most of all, the first dance. After all the nerves over the past 12 months, Ian was confident and thoroughly enjoyed doing the routine. Even more special was that Maggie was able to ensure that our 10 year old daughter could do part of the dance with us too. There wasn't a dry eye in the room - everyone still talks about our first dance months later. We were even asked by our guests to do the routine again later in the evening. We can't thank Maggie enough for all her hard work in helping making our first dance a moment we will remember and treasure forever. We would certainly recommend Maggie or Stuart to provide this service to any future Brides and Grooms."
Ian and Vicky Lowe

"Thank you Maggie for being so patient and creative with a bride and groom that had never danced before. We really enjoyed the lessons and I'm sure you were wondering what you were taking on when my husband-to-be arrived at our first lesson in his cricket whites. After only four lessons, you managed to put together a routine that fitted our music choice of 1234 by Feist perfectly and on the day we had a fab time dancing it and all our friends and family loved it. Thank you again for making the lessons great fun."
Gemma and Jack Warren

"Maggie and Stuart are fantastic teachers, two of the best we have met. They are passionate about dancing, have plenty of experience, patience and good senses of humour. Each lesson was tailor-made for our requirements. They were always there ready to give friendly support (and physiotherapy as well, as a bonus). Our wedding dance became a little sensation and inspired the guests to take dancing lessons too after the wedding! We are still carrying on taking dancing lessons from Maggie and Stuart."
Elena and Paul

"Having known Maggie and Stuart since they taught me to dance in my early teens it was only natural to ask them to teach my fiancé and I a lovely dance for our wedding. Maggie, as ever, was so helpful and enthusiastic and choreographed an amazing dance to Etta James, At Last, which brought tears to our friends' and families' eyes! It was so much fun to spend time dancing with my fiancé in the build up to our wedding that we may be going back for more! Thanks again."
Nina and Charlie Fletcher

"My husband and I booked some dance lessons with Maggie and Stuart before our wedding as we were a bit worried about our first dance and wanted to avoid shuffling awkwardly around the dance floor!

Not being the greatest dancers in the world we were a bit nervous about whether we'd be able to pick up the steps, but we needn't have worried because Maggie taught us at our own pace and made it seem easy. Both Maggie and Stuart were so encouraging and supportive that we quickly gained confidence and learnt far more than we ever thought we would.

We couldn't have been more pleased with the results - Maggie's choreography suited our song perfectly and we surprised ourselves (and our wedding guests) with our performance!

The lessons were excellent value, and we both work full time so the lesson times (evening and weekends) were really convenient. We thoroughly enjoyed our dance lessons, they were definitely one of the more fun parts of planning our wedding, and we would recommend Maggie and Stuart to anyone thinking about preparing for their first dance."
Sarah and Bob Stephenson

"We attended four fun-filled lessons with Maggie to teach us a wedding dance having never danced together before - we were immediately at ease as Maggie is so friendly and also a great teacher. Our first dance was a wonderful experience and it is so good to be able to join in dancing without feeling self-conscious. Maggie is like a friend now and we look forward to more lessons to learn some different dances! Don't hesitate to go for lessons - it was one of the best bits of the wedding preparations."
Franz and Audrey

"We would just like to thank you for the fantastic experience we had learning our first dance in October this year. We gave you quite an unusual song to choreograph and you did a superb job. We found the time spent with you fun and you are really lovely people to have been part of our wedding journey. Whenever we listen to our track we will think of you with fond memories. Anyone wishing to learn their first dance should choose you. Thank you so much."
Chris and Steve Mason

"As part of our wedding, we decided that we wanted to perform a routine for our first dance. Despite choosing a challenging piece of music to dance to, Maggie devised a wonderful routine that looked fantastic and we really enjoyed learning. Our lessons throughout the run-up to our wedding were a highlight of our week and Maggie's enthusiastic teaching enabled us to perform a showstopper dance at our wedding. We are now hoping to continue with our lessons and are very grateful to Maggie for everything she did. Thank you!"
Charly and Mark Harris

"Thank you so much Maggie for all your help with our first dance as husband and wife! As a couple with mixed experience you were able to choreograph a dance to our music that suited us both. Thank you so much for all your hard work, we had lots of fun practising and on the day the dance went superbly. We enjoyed it so much and surprised many of our friends and family with the routine too! Now we've caught the dancing bug we hope to keep it going! Thanks again."
Nikki and Simon Denning

"We had four lessons leading up to our wedding. We're not as young as we were and neither of us are natural dancers! Maggie was fantastic - kind and patient (which she needed to be!), always humorous, despite our frequent tendency to change her choreography - not through choice - just middle-aged memories.

The dance she came up with was perfect for our taste (light hearted), our personalities (very chaotic and a bit giggly) and our abilities (room for improvement). As a result, on the day we got through the dance with no (obvious) mistakes and we conned everyone into believing we knew what we were doing and...most surprisingly...discovered our inner divas and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We have photos to prove it........ We are even considering learning a tango next - look out world! Thanks Maggie."
Sue and Dave

"A huge thank you to Maggie and Stuart for all their hard work in creating a beautiful dance to our favourite song for our wedding. They took on what we thought was an impossible task for two completely inexperienced 'dancers' but made the thought of our first dance go from one of trepidation to something we really looked forward to.

Maggie's teaching style was fantastic, allowing us to progress at our own pace and nothing was too much trouble, even going out of her way to attend one of Helen's dress fittings so they could check whether the dance moves would work with the design of the wedding dress (they did!).

We'll never forget the huge cheer from family and friends as we started our dance on the day and, just like Maggie assured us, it went without a hitch! Thank you again!"
Nick and Helen Heasman

"The dance went well and we really enjoyed doing it. We also enjoyed the lessons very much. Thank You."
Kate & Chris Redfern

"The dance went really, really well. Everyone was very impressed and we performed it on a stage in front of over 900 people. Just wanted to say a huge thank you from us both."
Naveen & Lavanya

"I just wanted to say thank you for all your time! Learning our dance routine was undoubtedly the most pleasant part of preparation to the wedding. Neither of us danced before and therefore became a bit nervous when we realised that we didn't have time to practise outside Maggie's lessons. The choreography that Maggie perfectly tailored to our song was very elegant but thanks to Maggie's brilliant guidance it suddenly became quite easy to remember, which was a massive relief. With just one additional lesson we mastered our dance and most of all we ended up looking natural and relaxed as we danced our first dance.

We both loved the dancing experience so much I wish we could come back for more. Thank you Maggie!!"
Magda & Colin Philip

"We decided to impress our friends and family with a first dance to remember and certainly chose the right dance teacher. Maggie put us totally at ease and created a wonderful dance routine for us to perform. People keep asking us to perform it wherever we go! We cannot rate Maggie highly enough. Thank you for helping to create such a memorable part of our wedding."
Patrick and Natalie Betts

"Many thanks for your patience and good humour during our wedding dance lessons. We performed flawlessly on the day thankfully and would definitely recommend you to any friends."
Eoin and Julia

"Many thanks to Maggie for choreographing and teaching us our first dance for our wedding. Although we left it very late, two weeks before the big day, she guided us through a crash course of four hours, which just about got us through on the occasion. We truly enjoyed the experience and would recommend Gillespie School of Dancing to anyone, just don't leave it as late as we did!"
Steve and Joanne Meads

"Maggie was the best teacher to have had for our wedding first dance. Her skill, kindness, commitment and patience enabled us to achieve our first dance with confidence. Maggie goes that extra mile to ensure you achieve even if you have never danced before."
Kathryn and Gary Bardsley

"Maggie worked out a great first dance routine for our wedding, and as complete beginners we were amazed at how much she taught us in just five lessons. She was very professional and personable, and did a great job of judging our ability and then squeezing just a bit more from our performance, which went down really well on the day! We would recommend Maggie wholeheartedly!"
Simon and Kate O'Neill

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