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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.

Vision Sports Academy CIC

Vision Sports Academy CIC (VSA) is a Birmingham based sports coaching social enterprise, more specifically a community interest company which tackles social objectives & reinvests profits back into the community.

Worcester Community Trust

Worcester Community Trust runs six Community Centres in Worcester. We have facilities available for hire for Sports Clubs from Meeting Rooms to Small Sports Halls and a 3G Synthetic Pitch. If you need a venue in Worcester please do not hesitate to contact

BKidsDance

BKids Dance offer 45 minute dance sessions in Worcester for children 5yrs+, the classes focus on Street and contemporary dance. Participants will learn Street Dance routines and be able to make contributions to the choreography in a nurturing, friendly an

Halo Leisure

Halo is a registered charity and social enterprise running 20 leisure centres. We are a 'not for profit' organisation, with no shareholders. The money we make is ploughed back into the facilities. This allows us to keep costs low a

Street League

At Street League you will play sport every day and learn the key skills to get a job and get paid. So what are you waiting for?

Active Communities Worcester

Freedom Leisure’s Active Communities team work on developing a range of sport, play & physical activity programmes to get the local community active!

Senior Physical Activity and Sport Programme

As part of the University of Worcester Community engagement initiative, the SPAAS programme offers physical activity opportunities to individuals aged 60 or above within Worcestershire. SPAAS offers a wide variety of senior sports, exercise classes and ac

Only Girls Allowed - Dines Green

Only Girls Allowed - Dines Green

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Only Girls Allowed - Sixways Stadium

Only Girls Allowed - Sixways Stadium

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Only Girls Allowed

Only Girls Allowed

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Only Girls Allowed - Kidderminster

Only Girls Allowed - Kidderminster

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.