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Tuesday 26th September

Tea Dance

Monday 25th September

Line Dancing

Tuesday 26th September

Beginners Line Dancing

Friday 29th September

Line Dancing

Friday 29th September

What is Dance?

Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting.

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.

Campaigns

Feel Alive from 65 Week

25th September - 1st October. A week full of physical activity taster sessions to promote active living in older adults.

Local Programmes

Trans World Educational Experiences

Trans World (TWEDEX) are one of the biggest providers of sports tours, aimed to educate, empower and inspire the minds of young people.

Partners

  • Melton Borough Council
    Safeguarding
    Harborough District Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Sport England
  • Blaby District Council
    County Sport Network
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Age UK L&R
    Rutland County Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Equality Standard
    QUEST
    Leicester City Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Loughborough University

Partners

  • Harborough District Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Safeguarding
    Age UK L&R
  • Melton Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Blaby District Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Equality Standard
    British Heart Foundation
  • County Sport Network
    Rutland County Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Loughborough University
    Leicester City Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    QUEST
  • Sport England