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Dancing is good for your soul! What's more, it's a fun (and very sociable) way to work up a sweat and stay fit.

An Overview of Dance

Ceroc
Ceroc is a simplified version of jive and quite similar to swing but without the complicated footwork.

Street dance
Street dance describes urban dance styles that evolved in the street, school yards and nightclubs, including hip-hop, popping, locking, krumping and breaking.

Ballet
The first ballet school, the Académie Royale de Danse, was established in France in 1661. Today there are three main forms of ballet: classical, neoclassical and contemporary.

Contemporary
Unlike dances such as ballet, contemporary dance is not associated with specific techniques. In contemporary dance, people attempt to explore the natural energy and emotions of their bodies to produce dances that are often very personal.

Salsa
Salsa dancing is a fun and flirtatious form of partner dancing, fusing steamy Afro-Caribbean and Latin styles into simple and lively movements.

Ballroom
Ballroom dancing has made a comeback in recent years, partly thanks to TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Strictly Dance Fever. There are many styles of ballroom dancing from around the world, such as the waltz, tango and foxtrot, and each has specific step patterns.

Zumba
Zumba is a popular fitness programme inspired by Latin dance. The word "Zumba" comes from a Colombian word that means to move fast and have fun.

Flamenco
From Andalucia in Spain, this is the dance of swirling skirts, castanets and breathtakingly fast heel stomping. Flamenco's musical and dance traditions are centuries old, blending gypsy, Moorish and Andalucian influences.

Tap
Tap dance uses shoes with small metal plates on the soles to make the dance itself part of the music. Tap evolved in America and had its roots in African dance, Irish dance and clog dancing.

Bollywood
Bollywood dancing stems from the Indian film industry and is now popular throughout the world. It is known for being upbeat and often helping to tell a story or show emotions. Bollywood dance blends classical Indian dance forms, with its intricate hand gestures and footwork, with modern western styles, including hip-hop and jazz.

Modern jazz
Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. Jazz dance evolved alongside jazz music and was popularised in ballrooms across the US by the big bands of the swing era. Jazz dance offers a full body workout, developing dance ability, flexibility, strength and rhythm.

Wheelchair dancing
BBC3's Dancing on Wheels has done wonders for the sport of wheelchair dancing and has raised its profile as a recreational activity. Wheelchair dancing is open to people of all abilities, including mixed ability dance partners. From the ballroom to the street – not forgetting ballet, and group dances like Gangnam or line dancing – nothing is off limits for those wheels of steel.

Benefits

Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • increased aerobic fitness
  • improved muscle tone and strength
  • weight management
  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • better coordination, agility and flexibility
  • improved balance and spatial awareness
  • increased physical confidence
  • improved mental functioning
  • improved general and psychological wellbeing
  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills.

Costs

Dance classes vary in prices across the country with some companies allowing you to pay as you go.

Facts

  • Tchaikovsky composed 'Swan Lake' in 1875, however it was quite unsuccessful after the first year of performance; conductors, dancers and many members of audience thought that the piece of music was much too difficult to dance to, and therefore rejected the piece.

Find Dance Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.
Reedham Village Hall

Reedham Village Hall

We have many different clubs and events at the hall such as, Badminton, Kurling, AWOL fitness, Yoga, Zumba, Aerobics, RCA Stage School, Amateur dramatics, Dancing, Film Nights, Quiz Night, Bingo, Escape the room, Fete, Bonfire, Jumble sale and much more.

Ballroom Dancing With Donna Ltd

Ballroom Dancing With Donna Ltd

I run Private lessons, classes, workshops, dances & events & wedding first dance choreography in Ballroom & latin American dancing

The Norman Centre

The Norman Centre

The Norman Centre in Mile Cross offers a wide range of community, educational and recreational facilities to everybody, all at affordable prices. Please contact us for more information, and to make sure all courses/activities are running before you attend

Community Sports Foundation

Community Sports Foundation

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) is the official charity partner of Norwich City Football Club and helps over 38,000 people every year achieve their goals through sport, supporting some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people

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Rocking Foxes

Rock n Roll 1950's style. Classes adapted for all abilities from complete beginners to improvers. This is definitely not 'strictly' and anybody can do it. It's just for fun, social, good exercise for body and brain. Keep fit and keep moving while enjo

Charles Burrell Centre

Charles Burrell Centre

We are a non-profit community and business centre in Thetford, Norfolk. An abandoned school building, now home to groups such as kettlebells, pilates, zumba, yoga, martial arts, football, dance and cheerleading. We organise indoor and outdoor events, have

FREE Dance to Health Online Taster Session

FREE Dance to Health Online Taster Session

Dance to Health is our weekly creative online dance class especially tailored to people aged 55+ and we’d like to invite you to give it a try with our FREE Taster session!

Discorobics and Cardio Combat

Discorobics and Cardio Combat

A fun and energizing exercise to music class split into two sections.

The first half we use small handheld weights to hit all areas mainly for body conditioning.
The second section is a customer favourite, we combine a variety of combat moves with squats, twists, shuffles, jumps etc choreographed to the beat of the music.

Cheerleading includes tumbling, stunts and Pompoms dance

Cheerleading includes tumbling, stunts and Pompoms dance

We provide classes for all ages and abilities wether wanting to do Cheerleading for fun or compete in competitions. We offer Tumbling, Stunts and Pom dance. Examinations are available. Age groups are New Class to start January 2021 mini cheer 4_7yrs then we have running now our cheer team 8-16yrs.

Fitsteps

Fitsteps

Fitsteps is an energetic up beat dance fitness class featuring all of your favourite strictly dances, great music it is suitable for all ages and abilities and you don't need a partner.