Ballet - a classical dance originating in Italy and France in the 16th century. Ballet is a technical style that forms the foundations of technique in many other dance forms. It is not only both beautiful and romantic, but often conveys a story, (think Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake).

Ballroom Dance - this is the name for a number of different dances performed in pairs; typically the waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, and tango. Ballroom Dancing is performed all over the world both competitively and socially. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire put ballroom on the map in 1930s, and it continues to be popular thanks to shows like Strictly Come Dancing.

Barre - a stationary bar that dancers can hold onto. The barre is used when for warm-up excercises in ballet. These are usually slow stretches and fast movements to improve muscle dexterity and increase flexibility.

Batchata - a sensual dance originating in the Dominican Republic, combining Cuban hip-hop  and hip motions. In Spain, the Batchata has been fused with the tango, lambada and salsa.

Belly Dance - this can be traced back to Ancient Greece, with theories that the dance was used in religion. Belly dancing uses more than just the abdomen, excercising the hips especially.

Bollywood  - Bollywood is India’s answer to the booming film industries in Europe and America. Similar to movie musicals, many Bollywood films include choreographed song-and dance numbers. The music, called Filmi, is often pre-recorded by professional singers and lip-synced by actors. In older movies, the dancing in Bollywood films is based on classical and folk styles. Whilst today, choreography blends classical India with Western styles.

Burlesque - this dance is all about expressing one’s femininity and sensuality. Burlesque started as a mockery art in the 17th century, with outwardly gaudy performances. However today the dance places emphasis on skill and artistry, there is less stripping and more teasing. Women use props to enhance their acts, from the somewhat tame (gloves) to the extravagant (burlesque queen Dita Von Teese favours a giant martini- glass).

Cha Cha - danced to Cuban music, Latin Pop or Latin Rock, the Cha Cha or cha-cha-cha is a sensual dance. Unlike other Latin dances, this has no rise and fall motion and the timing can be quite difficult as it does not start on the first beat.

Contemporary Dance - this dance is a combination of modern dance and ballet.  The style evolved from experiments with line, simultaneousness, spontaneity, abstract movement and creativity in style. But choreography is still based on classical leg movement and technique. Pushing the dance further, contemporary dance experiments with unconventional spaces, lighting and costumes, placing the choreographer in a leading role over the dancers themselves.

Flamenco - a dance which pairs the dancers' bodies against dramatic music. The accompanying guitarist plays a crucial role, keeping the music fast-paced and fierey. Today, Flamenco is performed in venues and small concerts all over the world. At informal gatherings, everyone is encouraged to create rhythm using instruments and whatever else can be found.

Foxtrot - the foxtrot or “slow foxtrot” is a fast-paced yet smooth dance composed of both walking-steps and side-steps. Harry Fox created the style in the 1920’s, alternating between “slow- quick quick” and “slow-slow-quick-quick” footwork. Even if you’ve never danced the foxtrot before, you’ve probably seen it in the movies of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers who made the dance famous in their films.

Glee Classes (Show choir) – our glee classes are based on the hit TV show about a high school show choir. Show choir is different from musical theatre as it isn't based around a narrative. Many High Schools will compete in tournaments known as “invitationals”, and may even compete nationally. A performance will consist of highly-choreographed fast numbers as well as a few ballads to show off the adaptability of the group.

Hip Hop – in the 1970’s, black and Latino youths in America created new moves like popping, locking and boogaloo, with dance groups spreading Hip Hop's fame. Street dance, funk, and break dancing make up the family around Hip Hop, all spanning from freestyle to highly-choreographed routines.

Jazz - Jazz originates from forbidden dances by slaves on plantations, who were heavily influenced by the European styles practised by their owners. From the 1930’s-1960’s choreographers such as Bob Fosse, once known for modern and ballet, began to experiment with Jazz. Latin American, Caribbean and isolated movements were added to the already syncopated rhythms of Jazz, making it the syle it is today.

Merengue - this is the national dance of the Dominican Republic, a fusion of reggaton and mambo to cater for both young and old dancers. Partners hold each other upright with their knees bent, making the hips move in tandem. They may separate into a closed position to make turns but as long as their hands continue to touch.

Quickstep - the quickstep originated in the 1920’s as a combination of several other popular dances of the time, many of which fizzled out (with the exception of the foxtrot). Chassés, quarter-turns and the lock step make the dance dynamic and faced paced.

Salsa - a Latin dance with Cuban, Afro-Carribean and mambo influences. Salsa consists of three weight changes (or steps) in every four-beat measure. There are several different types of Salsa including Cuban, Colombian, Los Angeles and New York Styles. With all the different variations on Salsa you could dance the night away.

Street Dance - any type of dance in an open. urban space. Street dance varies from place to place, and is taught in a copy-cat type method, changing it up as you go along. Today there are several different styles of this dance, all tied to Hip Hop music like krumping, popping, locking, gliding, tickling and vibrating to name just a few.

Tango - the Tango has a diverse background originating in Spain and Morocco with Creole roots. First danced in Argentina in the early 19th century, the Tango is steeped in history, suffering decline after WWI. But in the latter half of the 20th Century Tango was back on, still being danced today with the woman keeping a slight distance from the man, her hand near his hip.

Tap Dance - this style is all about rhythm, with taps attached to the soles of shoes to create sound as you dance, the simplest move being shuffle-ball-change. The dance became popular in the 1903's, as it was influenced by Lindy Hop and appeared in hit films starring Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Tap Dance continues to wow audiences all around the world and today can been seen in the West End. 

Waltz - the Waltz really took off in Vienna in the 17th Century, with ladies gliding around the room in 2 beat movements. The dance grew in popularity around the world, gaining a reputation as one of the most graceful and romantic dances in the world. 

Zumba - a relatively new dance form, created in the 1990's accidentally by a fitness instructor who fused salsa, meringue, and aerobics. Zumba is now a household name and many flock to its fun, energetic classes.

Take a look at our Dance classes.