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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 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.

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.

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

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 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.

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 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 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.


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.


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


  • 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

Great Yarmouth College

Newly renovated Sport and Wellbeing Centre at Great Yarmouth College.

Stix Baton Twirlers

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

Fiddlesticks Northwest Clog Dancers

Learn to clog dance in a friendly environment.

Dancing Dimensions

Providing fun, creative dance and fitness classes from 3yrs up to adults. Children's classes include ballet, tap, streetdance, Cheer,tumble and pom, zumba ,contemporary. Adult classes in Zumba, Fitsteps and ballet. We also provide an inclusive class, work

OPEN Youth Trust

We are a multi-purpose venue providing youth activities, live music, events and conferences all in the heart of Norwich.

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

Belly Dance

Belly Dance

Get your shimmy on in this beginner belly dance class where you'll learn the basic moves. Brilliant for muscle toning, shaping, building confidence, and having fun and expressing yourself!

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+

Ballet 50+

Ballet 50+

A gentle paced class designed to introduce you to the basics of ballet.

Street Dance (Age 16+)

Street Dance (Age 16+)

Explore street and commercial dance in this fun & energetic class. Improve your skills and gain confidence as you learn the latest moves to your favourite current tracks.

Tap Beginners (16+)

Tap Beginners (16+)

Got happy feet? This literal step-by-step guide to basic tap technique is set to a range of music and is a fun and relaxed way to slide into Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers’ shoes.



An upbeat exercise class combining fitness and dance.

Ballet Improver

Ballet Improver

This class is people with experience of ballet who want to fine tune their technical skill, quality of movement, musicality and confidence.

Ballet Beginners

Ballet Beginners

Basic Ballet movements taught in a fun and supportive environment. Ballet can help develop coordination, strength, flexibility and balance.

Egyptian Dance in Norwich (The Garage)

Egyptian Dance in Norwich (The Garage)

Dance your heart out and nourish your soul at out Egyptian dance 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.