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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 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.

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.

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 dancing is a fun and flirtatious form of partner dancing, fusing steamy Afro-Caribbean and Latin styles into simple and lively movements.

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 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.

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 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 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.


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.


Dance classes vary in prices across the country with some companies allowing you to pay as you go.

Find Dance Clubs/Groups Near You

Use the search below to find local organisations near you.

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day, benefiting their long-term physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Holidays Together

Leicestershire Holidays Together is a free and exciting Department for Education-funded holiday programme for school-aged children and young people

Let's Get Moving Champions

We share the stories of how local residents of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland use physical activity and exercise to improve their health and wellbeing.

Let's Get Moving for Less!

A one-stop shop for free/low-cost opportunities to be active within Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

Ramadan Recharge

The intention behind Ramadan Recharge is to revive the Sunnah of living mindfully and including some movement in our everyday lives.

Start a Conversation, Suicide is Preventable

Start a Conversation is a suicide prevention campaign that aims to build a community that is committed to the mental health and wellbeing of its residents.

This Girl Can

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. This Girl Can, funded by The National Lottery, believes th
SideKick Dance

SideKick Dance

SideKick Dance began as a youth dance group for young people with disabilities, and soon expanded with an adult company too, and is now proud to have become an affiliate company of Curve Theatre.

St Andrews Play Association

St Andrews is an open access facility to children/young people are free to come and go as they please.

Peepul Enterprise

Peepul Enterprise

Peepul Enterprise is home to Peepul Gym and Spa, who house a variety of classes for all.
With Mixed and Women Gyms, An Aqua Spa, Physio Therapy, Hollistics and Personal Trainers to suite your needs.

The Fitness Maison

This Ladies ONLY facility welcomes all ladies. The gym is designed to make you feel as comfortable as possible

as we know attending the gym can be a daunting experience - There is no better way to accomplishing your fitness goals than in a safe haven

Sports U

Sports U

SportsInU provides instructors and services such as Boxercise, Football, Dance/exercise to music, Basketball, Mix Martial Arts and seated exercise activities to keep people healthy and fit.

Stokes Wood Primary School

Stokes Wood Primary School

Stokes Wood Primary School

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.

Active Leicester

Active Leicester

Active Leicester encompasses all sports in the city.

The Grove Community Hub

The Grove Community Hub

The Grove is a community facility based in Braunstone, Leicester. b-inspired have taken over the lease and have carried out a complete renovation to benefit the community. We have a number of facilities to hire.



Holiday Activity Club for Children Aged 5-12 Years Old.

Active Leicester: Braunstone And Rowley Fields

Active Leicester: Braunstone And Rowley Fields

The Active Leicester: BRF project offers residents of the Braunstone and Rowley Fields ward of Leicester City aged 14+ the opportunity to take part in free sport and physical activity sessions; all delivered locally by supportive 'Activators'.

Si Sports

Si sports prides itself on delivering PE in a school setting always going over and above to suit the requirements of the children and working within the school curriculum timetables.

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.

Highcliffe Primary School

Primary school based in Birstall, Leicestershire


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Langmoor Primary School

Langmoor Primary School

Primary School

4Eva Fitness and Dance

Providing classes for ladies who want to keep fit through dance fitness. Class routines are kept simple and set to fun Bollywood music. Offering a cardio workout to ladies of all abilities.

Entity Allstars

We are a cheerleading group for athletes of all abilities aged 5 + based in Oadby, Leicester

Step Out Youth Group

STEP OUT is South Wigston Youth Club offers children different activities in a safe area. Ages 8 till 16.



Supporting Children and Young People with Disabilities to have equal choices, opportunities and live ordinary lives.

Move it March

Move it March

Get active this March and have the chance to win the most active school award! Don't forget to log your activity with Daily Boost to earn your Daily Boost points too.

Daily Boost Dance Maynia

Daily Boost Dance Maynia

In the month of May, we're challenging you to earn your boost minutes through dance!