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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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Community Dance Fitness

Torbay Leisure Centre

Located in the heart of Paignton we are a leisure centre offering a 25m swimming pool as well as a trainer pool, 92 station gym, including Queenax Rig, sports hall, 4 squash courts,a friendly onsite café and even a Velopark.

Teignbridge District Council

Teignbridge Leisure consists of 3 Leisure Centres (Newton Abbot LC, Broadmeadow SC and Dawlish LC), 1 outdoor pool (Teignmouth Lido) and Shaldon Approach Golf.

Legacy Leisure

Riverside Leisure Centre is a large fitness facility offering a 100 station gym, Queenax functional training studio, over 150 weekly instructor led and virtual group exercise classes, indoor cycling studio, 6 court sports hall and 2 squash courts.

FitSteps with Linda in Exeter

FitSteps - 'Strictly' style dance fitness class based on Ballroom and Latin. All adult ages / fitness ability. No partner required, fun, all body work out. Friendly and welcoming classes.

KT and Jackie's Dance for Parkinson's Exeter

A weekly dance class for people with Parkinson's and their carers / family / friends. No previous dance experience is necessary, and all ages and abilities are welcome. The emphasis is on good music, having fun and making new friends.

The Alice Cross Centre

The Alice Cross Centre – The centre provides help, support, advice, hot meals and friendship to local people.

Paracise with Fiona Bovey Tracey

Paracise with Fiona Bovey Tracey

Paracise is an exercise class that is gentle on the joints and effective, helping you improve your balance, flexibility and posture, all from standing, no going on to the floor. It has been described as Medication in Motion. It's fun, you'll love the descriptions: we swim, play basket ball and jump in puddles, all in one place! Great music too.

Sidmouth Bollywood & Bhangra Dance Workshop

Sidmouth Bollywood & Bhangra Dance Workshop

Come along and try Bollywood & Bhangra dance from India in the heart of the south west! Fun, social, inclusive workshops with a cultural emphasis.

This is not a high impact activity - we will be moving to music for health and well being, and your coordination will be challenged! There are also options for seated participation.

All Welcome. ``Chalo Let’s Nacho! – Come on Let’s Dance!``

£12 per session, or if time is short or you would just like a taster, come for 1/2 the session for £6

Outdoor Circuits Forde House Newton Abbot

Outdoor Circuits Forde House Newton Abbot

Outdoor circuits class. A fun relaxed, no floor (grass) work, all standing or using a tree to support ourselves. Gentle on the joints but effective exercise to improve balance, strength and burn some unwanted calories. Perfect before or after a weigh-in.
Its a great way to get fresh air and meet some lovely people in a physically distanced but socially connected way.

Paracise with Fiona on Zoom

Paracise with Fiona on Zoom

Paracise is a way to exercise that is gentle on the joints, but effective at improving your strength, balance, posture. Your whole body gets a workout without any scary or uncomfortable movements and pains. And we stay on our feet, no floor work. All gain, no pain.

Balance - We call it Wobble - strength and balance with a difference. on Zoom

Balance - We call it Wobble - strength and balance with a difference. on Zoom

Strength and balance is what we do. I call it Wobble prevention, or Otago. Wobble is a fun way to work on strength, balance, confidence, posture, flexibility and the best way to make you feel wonderful if you are worried about falling, or have recently fallen. It starts sitting in the chair, then we stand for a few tracks, hold on though. We finish sitting.

Wellington Bollywood & Bhangra Dance Workshop

Wellington Bollywood & Bhangra Dance Workshop

Come along and try Bollywood & Bhangra dance from India in the heart of the south west! Fun, social, inclusive workshops with a cultural emphasis.

This is not a high impact activity - we will be moving to music for health and well being, and your coordination will be challenged! There are also options for seated participation.

``Chalo Let’s Nacho! – Come on Let’s Dance!``

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