Do you ever feel the urge to dance but don’t know where to start? These 5-minutes workshops cover the basics and will get you moving after the festive break – no experience required.
We’ll whiz you though some key moves to give you a flavour of different dance styles – from contemporary to kathak and flamenco to breaking!
To get started, choose a dance style you’re interested in below. You don’t need to do the workshops in any particular order – just pick and mix the ones that interest you the most!
These workshops are designed to ensure something for all ages and abilities. Whether you’re taking part alone or with others, just make sure you warm up your body, do some stretches first and find the joy in movement.
Some workshops involve floorwork, or a higher level of physical fitness, so have a browse and choose the ones that feel most comfortable for you.
Afro Fusion mixes African dance styles with Western dance styles. The movement is often inspired by popular music and the rhythms of African music. It’s a vibrant, uplifting and energetic style, that is heavily influenced by social dance occasions like partying and clubbing.
Ballet has a formalised set of steps and precise movements encouraging alignment, coordination and flow throughout the body. Classical ballet is often danced to classical music, with both graceful and powerful movements, and when performed, can tell a story or express an idea or feeling.
Commercial dance draws influences from lots of different styles including street dance, jazz, hip hop and contemporary. ‘It refers to the type of dance often seen in music videos, Broadway and West End shows.
Vogue originates from the ballroom culture of New York’s Harlem drag and pageant circuit, which goes back to the 1960s and was pioneered by African American and Latinx trans women, drag queens and other LGBTQ+ communities. Voguing came in around the early ‘70s. It was all about fierce battles, showing off who had the best moves and shapes. This dance includes fashion poses, floor performance, symmetrical and geometric shapes created by the arms and hands, and lots of attitude.
Breaking is a form of hip hop dance that includes acrobatics, freezes, floor moves, fast footwork and ‘power moves’. It grew from the African American and Latino communities, rooted in the funk, soul, R&B and disco music of the 1970s but has been adapted to many musical genres, often performed with a DJ to an up-tempo beat.
Contemporary dance is an art form that encourages creative freedom and artistic expression. It’s an interpretative style that can sometimes focus on conveying a feeling, a mood or an abstract concept. Contemporary dance covers a wide range of approaches and techniques, and can look very different depending on the dancer or choreographer.
With its origins in Gypsy culture of southern Spain, flamenco is a deeply passionate dance style, known for its hand clapping (palmas) and foot stamping (zapateado), with live singers and Spanish guitar often accompanying the dancers.
Kathak is a North Indian classical dance form that is rooted in the ancient art of storytelling in temples by bards, called Kathakars. It is often performed to percussion or string instruments. The dance style can be used to tell stories through movement, with hand gestures carrying many meanings. Elegant footwork and spins are key characteristics of this dance style.