Dancing as a hobby and as a way of getting fit has never been more popular, with dance classes for all age groups springing up across the country. London is no exception, with its diverse culture represented in hundreds of dance opportunities, from Bollywood to ballet, tango to tea dances, folk to zumba. All ages are represented, with Brazilian dance for toddlers and ballet for seniors. As a great way of keeping in shape and meeting new people, dance classes in London can't be beaten. A quick search will reveal individually-run dance classes, to dance studios and academies where dance lovers can take their pick of different styles. Be ready to show-off your new moves when the party season arrives.

Classic moves and a colourful international world of dance

One of the best-known London dance studios is Pineapple, started by Debbie Moore in 1979 and still going strong. At Pineapple Studios join in with group classes featuring classic ballet for beginners of all ages, as well as fitness classes using barre and stretch techniques. The colourful world of international dance is also taught at Pineapple, with lessons in Latin ballroom, Bollywood, Brazilian samba and the latest craze, bachata, all the way from the Dominican Republic. If a special occasion is coming up, private waltz or tango lessons will give you an edge on the dancefloor.

Step back in time to a world of colour and glamour

If you've a hankering for bygone elegance, then give historical dance a whirl around the ballroom. Move to beautiful baroque music with baroque dance classes, and learn the steps of graceful pavans and lively galliards. You'll even have the chance to dress up in historic costumes and put on glitzy shows. If folk dancing is more your cup of tea, learn the basic steps of morris and English country dancing at Cecil Sharp House, where country traditions are shared and classes cater for individuals, families or social groups. From beginner classes on the banjo, to learning the history of lore of English folk music, Cecil Sharp house offers a wonderful experience for everyone. Where better to experience the heart and soul of English music than in London.

Dancing into the 20th century

At City Academy dance classes London, tap into the fiery world of Spanish flamenco, with its passionate and impulsive moves, or move into the rock'n'roll era with fast jive moves. Both of these iconic dances are great fun and an energetic way of burning calories. At the Reflex Dance Studios, go back in time to experience a taste of the 1980's disco scene. Put on your neon-coloured lycra and knitted legwarmers to do the Moonwalk, or take part in noisy flash dances. Get into the party spirit here by booking hen nights or even corporate sessions - a great team-building activity. Letting your hair down on the dance floor benefits both mind and body, as well as developing creativity and being a fun social event.

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