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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

Active Norfolk has partnered with DanceEast, NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group and Norfolk County Council to assist Aesop in delivering Dance to Health session across Norwich. This provides eld

Great Yarmouth College

Newly renovated Sport and Wellbeing Centre at Great Yarmouth College.

OPEN Youth Trust

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

Golden Star Morris

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

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

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

Silver Road Community Centre

Community centre offering regular weekly sessions in a variety of activities.

55+ Aerobic style workout

55+ Aerobic style workout

For people 55+ only

Lively aerobic exercise to music in a supportive and fun group. Ideal for those new or wanting to get back in exercise

Dance to Health - Thorpe St Andrew

Dance to Health - Thorpe St Andrew

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

Dance to Health - Mile Cross

Dance to Health - Mile Cross

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.

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.