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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.

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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

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Anam Cara Dance

The club offers weekly classes in modern belly dance and tribal style belly dance and delivers one off workshops in both styles.

Norwich West Coast Swing Group

Norwich West Coast Swing group is a friendly dance organisation, meeting on Tuesdays in Honingham Village Hall, Dereham Road, NR9 5AP. Last Tuesday of the month we hold a social night (no class, freestyle only).

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

Golden Star Morris

A team of male and female Morris dancers based in Norwich.

Stix Baton Twirlers

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

Great Yarmouth College

Newly renovated Sport and Wellbeing Centre at Great Yarmouth College.

Disability dance sessions

Disability dance sessions

Delivered by qualified dance instructors, our pan-disability Dance Sessions will introduce participants aged 8+ to the basics of dance in fun, hour-long classes.

Creative Contemporary Dance SEND 12+

Creative Contemporary Dance SEND 12+

Formerly known as D4Dance, Creative Contemporary SEND is a dance class for people aged 12yrs+ who have learning disabilities. Dancers work on a different theme each term, learning technique, improvisation and choreography. This is an open level class.

Cardio Funk

Cardio Funk

This fitness class will make you sweat whilst listening to some of the funkiest tunes around.

Contemporary Dance Age 16+

Contemporary Dance Age 16+

Energising sessions at an open level for all abilities in contemporary dance technique. Classes include exercises and sequences to develop physical awareness, movement flow, co-ordination, mobility, movement memory and broaden technical skill.

Classical Indian Dance

Classical Indian Dance

Join Viji Moorthie to learn the basics of classical indian dance.

Creative Contemporary Dance SEND Year 3-6

Creative Contemporary Dance SEND Year 3-6

Creative Contemporary Dance SEND is a dance class for people in school years 3-6 who have a learning difficulty or disability. Dancers work on a different theme each term, learning technique, improvisation and choreography. This is an open level class.

Creative Dance SEND (Reception & Year 1)

Creative Dance SEND (Reception & Year 1)

Creative Dance SEND is a creative course for children in Reception and Year 1 with a learning difficulty or disability. Dancers work on a different theme each term, learning technique, improvisation and choreography.

Contemporary 50+

Contemporary 50+

A Contemporary dance class aimed at over 50's.

Wheelchair Dance SEND

Wheelchair Dance SEND

Our Wheelchair Dance SEND class for age 16 and over meets 5pm-6pm every Friday, with tutors focusing on dance techniques, creativity, movement and choreography.

Dance for Wellbeing Classes (16+)

Dance for Wellbeing Classes (16+)

This class aimed at improving your wellbeing through movement. This course that will involve movement exercises that strengthen, stretch and relax the body and mind. For 16+