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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.

Dance to Health

Thu, 31 Jan 2019

Dance To Health

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.

Chloe Elizabeth School of Dance

CE Dance offers lessons in ballet, tap, modern jazz, disco and street dance age 3 years - adults

Stix Baton Twirlers

A Baton twirling club who incorporate gymnastics, dance, ballet and pom.

Heywood Sports and Leisure Club

Heywood Sports and Leisure Club is based in Diss, Norfolk and offers you the best multi sports facility in the area at rates that make it affordable for the whole family.

Guildhall School of Dancing

We concentrate on technique, quality and artistry giving all pupils a chance to excel whether they wish to pursue dance as a career or as a hobby. There are classes in ballet, modern and tap to suit all ages and abilities.

5Rhythms® Global

5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement practice. We move through the rhythms of flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness with no set moves. It is rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself. As we dance we create comm

Egyptian Belly dance at the Garage

Egyptian Belly dance at the Garage

Shimmy and sparkle with style at our Egyptian Belly Dance class

Dance to Health - falls prevention and improved independence for older people

Dance to Health - falls prevention and improved independence for older people

A pioneering older people's fall prevention dance programme combining evidence based activities with the creativity and energy of dance. Dance To Health has helped hundreds of older people remain active and independent across the country and is available to Norwich residents via three local groups.

Dance to Health - falls prevention and improved independence for older people

Dance to Health - falls prevention and improved independence for older people

A pioneering older people's fall prevention dance programme combining evidence based activities with the creativity and energy of dance. Dance To Health has helped hundreds of older people remain active and independent across the country and is available to Norwich residents via three local groups.

Circuits

Circuits

A fun circuits class for all fitness levels
Only £2

Egyptian Belly Dance at the Norman Centre

Egyptian Belly Dance at the Norman Centre

Reconnect body and soul; dance with expression and feeling at our Egyptian dance class.

Circuits

Circuits

A fun fitness circuits class
Only £2

Active Kidz

Active Kidz

Fun sports and fitness coaching session for 9-12 year olds
50p

Dance to Health - falls prevention and improved independence for older people

Dance to Health - falls prevention and improved independence for older people

A pioneering older people's fall prevention dance programme combining evidence based activities with the creativity and energy of dance. Dance To Health has helped hundreds of older people remain active and independent across the country and is available to Norwich residents via three local groups.

Chair Based Exercise Class

Chair Based Exercise Class

Exercise class for older adults to help improve mobility, balance and strength.
Only £2

Nifty Fifty's

Nifty Fifty's

This is a fun group for over 50's with a mixture of badminton, table tennis, bowls and use of the gym. Only
£1.40 with a Go4Less card or £2.25 without
Free cup of tea at 3pm