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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.

Dancemore

We are dedicated to providing dance and fitness adventures for everyone! Whatever your age, shape, ability or aspirations, Dancemore aims to provide joyful, uplifting and stimulating classes in a safe, caring and professional environment. Get in touch for

In Line We Dance

Modern Line Dancing

Age UK Somerset

We're a local charity working in the community across Somerset and North Somerset to support older people, their families and carers.

We want everyone to be able to love later life.

Bollywood & Bhangra Dance Workshop

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!``

Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold

Low impact movement to music to great Latin rhythms suited to 50+

Fitness League Classes Taunton Fridays

Fitness League Classes Taunton Fridays

GET FIT : STAY FIT

If improved fitness, energy and strength are on your fit list, you're in luck. Our unique classes are part exercise, part dance but all fun.

Flexible friendly fitness

Fun And Friendly Fitsteps Taunton

Fun And Friendly Fitsteps Taunton

Fun and Friendly Fitsteps

Bollywood Dance Workshop

Bollywood Dance Workshop

Come along and try Bollywood dance from India in the heart of the south west! Fun, social, inclusive workshops to music from the dream city of Mumbai.

This is not a high impact activity or highly aerobic - we will be moving to music for health and well being, and your coordination will be challenged!

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

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

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    CPSU
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  • Youth Sport Trust
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    pluss
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
    South Somerset District Council
  • Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
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  • Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    EDF
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    British American Football Association
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  • Create Development
    Children in Need
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    Zing Somerset
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