In 2000 Kieran Kelly (Principal) and his partner Gerry, opened their first dance school called 'K.Dee.K Danceworks' based in Stoke. .After 12 years, many happy memories and numerous happy customers later, they decided it was time to move venues to their current venue The Rialto Ballroom. The Rialto was an iconic former ballroom in Stoke town centre which opened over 90 years ago but has lain empty for a decade. It has now been returned to its former glory and been given a new lease of life as the home of K.Dee.K Danceworks. The renovation has brought this magnificent art-deco ballroom right up to date but with a sensitive nod to it's rich heritage. The Rialto has had a glorious past being a welcome distraction to many young dancers during the war years, including many American GI's with whom it was popular. Over the years it has been a cinema, restaurant, shopping arcade and a Conservative club. It is one of the oldest ballrooms in Stoke-on-Trent, a city that has an impressive reputation for dancing. Kieran, the principal teacher of the school used to travel all the way from Ireland with his partner to have dance lessons in Stoke. "There were a lot of top teachers locally... they were some of the best teachers in the country if not the world." The Rialto has now been completely refurbished featuring a new sprung dance floor, a beautifully decorated ballroom complete with chandeliers, disco lighting and wall mirrors, a stunning garden terrace, and relaxing bar area. Whether you remember the Rialto from yesteryear or are completely new to dancing you will always get a warm welcome at at Stoke-on-Trent's finest luxury dance studio! Gerry sadly passed away early 2016. He was an integral and dearly loved part of K.Dee.K but his legacy lives on. Click on 'Kieran' in the menu above to read about Kieran Kelly, the principal teacher, including his varied dance expertise and many dance and fitness qualifications.
Don't just take our word for it! Here are some words from our customers....
"This is an incredible venue in which to both learn to dance with tuition from expert staff but also socialise and meet new people with a common interest . Steeped in history and tastefully restored, it's a fun place to go to learn a wide range of dance and dance-based exercise from ballroom; belly dance & bollywood to Dance Fitness. It's a safe place to go alone or with friends and you'll meet lots of lovely supportive people who also love dancing. Definitely recommended"
"K.Dee.K really does feel like it's a new family when you become involved. Always a warm welcome. Nothing ever too much trouble & encouragement & support oozes from everyone. I always come away from the classes & lessons with a real buzz. I'm very proud & honoured to be part of this family."
"Lovely people to be with and around. Always fun and genuinely helpful."
"A dance school that offers so much variety and superb teaching! Ballroom & Latin, Zumba, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Kids classes in ballroom, wedding dances, corporate events, private lessons and so much more... A stunning venue with lots of history, very experienced, friendly and qualified staff, always a great atmosphere, plenty of social events and opportunities for competitors and medallists. Just a buzzing place and open to people of any shape, size age and ability from total beginner to advanced. Highly recommend it!!!!"
"Beautiful ballroom, superb teaching for all levels, and a very relaxed atmosphere. Teaching available in ballroom styles, and they do great Dance Fitness classes too!"
"The school is warm and inviting and everyone is made to feel welcome. The standard of teaching is fantastic."
"It is not only a place where many of us learn to dance, but a social centre and second home! It provides us with great teaching, improved fitness, entertainment, a fabulous social life. The team are all truly wonderful people."
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