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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.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health.

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.
bhangraFusion

bhangraFusion

Bhangra Fusion Fitness is a cardio workout programme with a difference. Using a combination of traditional bhangra moves and bolly themed routines, members get a great fun energetic way to stay active and fit.
Classes are for adults and children.

Siamsa Dancers Leicester

Siamsa Dancers Leicester

A dance group who meet on a Sunday evening 7.30pm to 10.00pm to dance Irish ceili, sets, waltz, quick step, jive. £2 charge for hall hire and light refreshments. No dance experience required. Learns steps and movements as you progress.

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy is an all through school. We have a wide range of sporting opportunities for all students in the Primary and Secondary phases. The school also welcomes the community as we take bookings in the evenings and weekends.

retroFIT (Dance/Fitness)

retroFIT (Dance/Fitness)

Fun, easy to follow dance/fitness routines.

salsaFIT (Latin Dance/Fitness)

salsaFIT (Latin Dance/Fitness)

Latin Dance/Fitness for all abilities.
Easy to follow routines to uplifting music.

Bollywood Jhoom

Bollywood Jhoom

Bollywood inspired dance class for beginners

Beginners’ Line Dancing

Beginners’ Line Dancing

Easy to follow line dances for beginners and beyond. Music styles include: Country, Tango, Samba, Salsa, Jive, Rock n Roll, Charleston and more!

Beginners’ Line Dancing

Beginners’ Line Dancing

Easy to follow line dances to a variety of music styles.

Kimbles Music & Movement for babies and young children

Kimbles Music & Movement for babies and young children

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.

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

  • Active Leicester
    Sport England
    Equality Standard
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Blaby LSA
  • Safeguarding
    Leicestershire County Council
    Melton LSA
    Harborough LSA
    Charnwood LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Active Oadby and Wigston
    Active Partnerships
    NWL LSA

Partners

  • NWL LSA
    Safeguarding
  • Active Rutland
    Melton LSA
  • Blaby LSA
    Harborough LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Charnwood LSA
  • Active Partnerships
    Active Leicester
  • Sport England
    Active Oadby and Wigston
  • Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Equality Standard