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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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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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Groove - Dance Fitness Class

Groove - Dance Fitness Class

Groove is a dynamically interactive and creative group dance experience.

These classes are for anyone over the age of 14. If you can move, you can Groove!

Creative Contemporary Year 9-11

Creative Contemporary Year 9-11

Covering basic warm-ups, technique exercises, vocabulary and choreography it’s great for energising and mobilising muscles and joints, developing movement memory, balance, co-ordination, communication, expression and creativity.

Contemporary Year 7-8

Contemporary Year 7-8

Energise and mobilise muscles and joints, improve movement memory, balance, co-ordination, communication, expression and creativity.

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 for all abilities in contemporary dance technique. The class includes exercises and sequences to develop physical awareness, movement flow, co-ordination, mobility, movement memory, agility, balance, core strength and broaden your technical skill.

Contemporary 50+

Contemporary 50+

A Contemporary dance class aimed at over 50s.

Breakdance Year 3-13

Breakdance Year 3-13

Breakin' veteran Kelfx teaches a high energy class of foundation moves including floor work, freezes and top rock. Suitable for all abilities aged 7-18.

Ballet 50+

Ballet 50+

Learn ballet at a relaxed pace. Great for improving co-ordination, balance, core strength, movement memory, basic fitness and flexibility.