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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

Make Inside Feel Better.

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.
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

OPEN Youth Trust

OPEN Youth Trust

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

SoulShine Healing Ltd.

SoulShine Healing Ltd.

SoulShine is a social enterprise which works to empower people to have a more positive and thriving relationship with themselves, their bodies, their communities, and to the food they eat. We work to influence positive social change in our communities by

Silver Road Community Centre

Silver Road Community Centre

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

Guildhall School of Dancing

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.

Fitsteps

Fitsteps

Fitsteps is an energetic upbeat dance fitness class featuring all your favourite strictly dances. No need for a partner. It's a great workout with great music.

Dance - Adult Ballet

Dance - Adult Ballet

Improve your posture, memory , core whilst strengthening and conditioning the body. We cover Barre and centre work.

Zumba Fitness

Zumba Fitness

Zumba Fitness a great all round workout. Dance to great music and burn a ton of calories without even noticing it.

Zumba fitness

Zumba fitness

Zumba Fitness is a great all round workout. Dance to great music and burn ton of calories without even realising it.

Inclusive Dance

Inclusive Dance

Creative Dance class for all. Dance for wellbeing and for mental health. This class explores movement to dance whatever your ability. Specially formatted dance class for Special educational needs, abled and disabled participants. Primary school age 5-10yrs Free Taster session on Wednesday 14th April. Limited spaces available please email to book.

Dimensions Inclusive Dance

Dimensions Inclusive Dance

Creative Dance class for all. Dance for wellbeing and for mental health. This class explores movement to dance whatever your ability. Specially formatted dance class for Special educational needs, abled and disabled participants.
Year 7 -Year 13 Free Taster session on Wednesday 28th April. Limited spaces available please email to book.

Cheerleading includes tumbling, stunts and Pompoms dance

Cheerleading includes tumbling, stunts and Pompoms dance

We provide classes for all ages and abilities if wanting to do Cheerleading for fun or compete in competitions. We offer Tumbling, Stunts and Pom dance. Examinations are available. New Class to start April 20th 4.15pm FREE Taster session mini cheer
4-7yrs. We also have our cheer team 8-16yrs. Back to in person Classes from Monday 12th April. Government covid policies and Procedures are in place.