Getting involved with dance
Dance is a vibrant and popular part of many people's lives – there are classes and groups available whatever your experience, age or abilities. If you would like to find out more about ballet or other dance styles – about taking part as a hobby, an enjoyable form of exercise or a profession, or about watching some of the many professional and amateur performances that take place around the UK – the following should offer you a starting-point.
There are many different styles of dance that you can participate in, such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street Dance, Ballroom (includes dances such as Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango), Latin American (includes dances such as Jive, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba and Paso Doble), Line Dancing, Salsa, Break Dancing, Irish Dance, Bhanghra, Contemporary and Belly Dancing.
Choosing the right dance school or class
Choosing a local dance school or class to attend can be a difficult decision, here are some useful tips on what to think about:
When you have chosen a dance class:
There are many local dance schools and classes around the United Kingdom. They offer a range of dance subjects, and many offer dance examinations from one of the organisations mentioned below.
Other ways to get involved in dance
Getting involved in dance is not only about participating. There are theatres and arts centres all over the country that offer a variety of performances ranging from ballet and contemporary, to musical theatre. Local libraries and Tourist Information centres, as well as the venues themselves, can usually provide details of what's on.
Council for Dance, Education and Training
The Council for Dance Education and Training sets national standards for the dance industry. They have a register containing details of the teaching societies whose syllabuses have been approved by the Council. The CDET have a service which offers free information on all aspects of dance.
Telephone: 0207 240 5703