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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.

Find Dance Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Swallowdale Primary School

Swallowdale Primary School provides children with a varied and carefully planned range of physical activities on a daily basis, allowing them to progress and blossom.

Fitter With Michelle

Hi, I'm Michelle and I teach Zumba, Clubbercise to ages 7+, an over 50's class called Fit Teas. Fit Teas combines exercise and a social chat after for well being. Clubbercise is dancing with disco lights and glow sticks to really upbeat music. Healthy

Keeping active at home - young children and families

🔴 Keeping active at home - young children and families

A range of workout videos aimed at young children and families. Try these exercise videos together to help keep you active and healthy at home.

retroFIT (Dance/Fitness)

retroFIT (Dance/Fitness)

Fun, easy to follow dance/fitness routines.

Bollywood Jhoom

Bollywood Jhoom

Bollywood inspired dance class for beginners

Kimbles Music & Movement in 3- 5 years

Kimbles Music & Movement in 3- 5 years

Join us for a toe-tapping, foot-stomping, thigh-slapping, tummy tickling, hand-clapping, instrument playing, lycra pulling, parachute waving, bottom wriggling fun-filled experience for both carers, babies and children alike.

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Online sessions for members of Born to Perform Dance School to keep active and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For children and adults with disabilities.

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Online sessions for members of Born to Perform Dance School to keep active and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For children and adults with disabilities.

Active Northants Lockdown Live - 'Dance your way through Lockdown!'

Active Northants Lockdown Live - 'Dance your way through Lockdown!'

Born to Perform online sessions start with a warm welcome and introduction to the tutors including a fun and informal ice-breaker involving participants. Tutors will then give an overview of the structure to the session to follow and desired outcomes. There will be a motivating group warm up carried out to age relevant, stimulating music. Followed by step by step choreography with adaptations for all abilities for beginner up to advanced level dancers. The choreography will be recapped and added to at each session until a whole dance routine is complete and ready to be performed.

Active Northants Lockdown Live - 'Dance your way through Lockdown!'

Active Northants Lockdown Live - 'Dance your way through Lockdown!'

Born to Perform online sessions start with a warm welcome and introduction to the tutors including a fun and informal ice-breaker involving participants. Tutors will then give an overview of the structure to the session to follow and desired outcomes. There will be a motivating group warm up carried out to age relevant, stimulating music. Followed by step by step choreography with adaptations for all abilities for beginner up to advanced level dancers. The choreography will be recapped and added to at each session until a whole dance routine is complete and ready to be performed.

EMD Academy Open Bursary

EMD Academy Open Bursary

The training grant offers financial support to passionate dance fitness teachers/instructors hoping to develop their career. It is available to anyone wanting to take a course or continuing professional development (CPD).

Partners

  • Blaby LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
    Safeguarding
    H&B LSA
    NWL LSA
  • Melton LSA
    Active Rutland
    Active Leicester
    O&W LSA
    Charnwood LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    Active Partnerships
    Sport England
    Equality Standard

Partners

  • Sport England
    Melton LSA
  • Active Leicester
    Active Partnerships
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Safeguarding
  • NWL LSA
    Charnwood LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Active Rutland
    H&B LSA
  • O&W LSA
    Equality Standard