To celebrate the national treasure that is Strictly Come Dancing, Holiday Lettings have put together an article to inform readers about the best dance schools in the UK – and we’re excited to tell you that DanceEast has been chosen as one of the top dance schools featured in the article “Top 20 UK Dance Schools”. You can find the full story here: https://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/blog/top-20-uk-dance-schools/
DANCEEAST – IPSWICH
The variety of dance styles at DanceEast is staggering: hip hop, contemporary, tap, jazz… and whichever you choose you’re guaranteed a warm welcome. General fitness is high on the agenda, too, with yoga and pilates sessions available. For something a little different, learn a routine inspired by the musicals or try a spot of Egyptian belly dancing… it’s all at DanceEast!
DANCE ATTIC – FULHAM, LONDON
Strutt your stuff in a salsa class, rediscover your childhood love of ballet or tap, or improve your fitness and flexibility with yoga, all at Dance Attic. Don’t miss their Jam Café Swing workshop, either, which offers two hours to learn new moves followed by a freestyle jukebox session to try them out. Strictly devotees will love dancing in their own “swing-a-thon”.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE (RAD) – BATTERSEA, LONDON
Don’t be intimidated by this school’s prestigious name. As well as full-time courses forming future Strictly professionals, the Academy also offers extra-curricular classes for enthusiastic amateurs. From youth street dance to adult ballet, you’ll find your favourite dance style here.
DANCEXCHANGE – BIRMINGHAM
Flamenco, Bollywood, urban fusion, street dance, Argentine tango… you’ll just love exploring different kinds of dance in the vibrant and exciting classes at DanceXchange. Whether you learn your own jazz solo or get involved in one of the creative performance groups, you’ll be getting a ten from Len in no time.
DANCEBASE – EDINBURGH
Drop-in classes at Scotland’s national centre for dance include Highland, Irish and Ceilidh, West African and Afro Cuban dancing, with classes for young, old, beginner and professional alike. Can’t resist a dose of retro? Try out their “80s icons” and “90s pop” sessions.
From kids’ Saturday sessions to choreography master classes for teens, the NSCD’s contemporary courses are creative outlets for youthful energy. Adults can choose from ‘beginner’ and ‘improver’ technique classes, creative dance, or shake through a fun Zumba session.
TRINITY LABAN – GREENWICH, LONDON
Staff and students from all over the world give this thriving dance community a thoroughly international flavour. Its programme of projects, classes, courses, workshops and festivals is so vibrant and exciting, you’ll be choreographing your own show dance in no time.
LONDON DANCE ACADEMY – LONDON
Strictly’s very own Karen Hauer (now Clifton), tried out this dance school’s unique AntiGravityⓇ Yoga session (the London Dance Academy is the only school in the capital to offer this popular exercise trend). Their programme caters for every level of skill from beginners to professional performers.
DANCE CITY – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Dance City in Newcastle has been inspiring the North East to dance for 30 years now. And the sheer variety of activities they arrange makes it obvious why people love it. Classes include hip hop, ballet, Bollywood, breakdancing, ballroom, flamenco, belly dancing, jazz, and possibly the cutest tap dance for kids called ‘Tiny Tappers’.
URDANG ACADEMY – LONDON
Take up an evening class with the Urdang Academy and you can dance in the incredible surroundings of the Old Finsbury Town Hall. Or, if you have your heart set on a career on the Stage, try their Musical Theatre summer school or enrol full time: over 95% of graduates go on to work in the West End.
FIRST DANCE UK – NATIONWIDE
To create a very special first dance for your wedding, look no further than First Dance UK. Their nationwide network of qualified dance teachers are on hand to help, from choreographing the perfect routine to teaching you to dance it flawlessly in front of friends and family.
CARAMELO LATIN DANCE – PADDINGTON, LONDON
Fans of the fiery latin dances will love the classes on offer at Caramelo Latin Dance. Learn the Salsa’s signature armography, the Cha Cha Cha’s cheeky moves or try something more unusual like Kizomba or Brazilian Zouk. Whether you’re looking for weekly sessions, weekend workshops or 12-week intensive courses with a performance finale, you’ll find it here.
CITY ACADEMY – LONDON
Ballroom, Bollywood and even Burlesque classes are available at various locations across London with the City Academy. If you’re a nervous novice dancer, their class for absolute beginners is the perfect place to start. Fancy yourself a Beyoncé in waiting? The Diva workshop will teach you her most iconic routines. I don’t think you’re ready…
SUNSHINE STUDIOS – MANCHESTER
Sure, at Sunshine Studios you’ll see your average ballroom, tap and jazz lessons. But you’ll also find classes in Michael Jackson dance, body popping, street, vogueing and a whole host more. Oh, and there’s the hip hop summer camp, too, where participants can learn from the most high-profile hip hop dancers in the world.
CENTRAL SCHOOL OF BALLET – LONDON
From basic fitness through Pilates to ballet technique and contemporary jazz, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved in dancing at the Central School of Ballet. All of Central’s adult classes are run on a first come, first served basis, so arrive on time to make sure you get a place!
ARABESQUE SCHOOL OF DANCE – WEST MIDLANDS
Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, everyone is encouraged to don their dancing shoes here. From fast and furious Irish dancing to the adorably-named “Dinky Disco” for tots, you’ll find a class to help you get fit and have fun.
PINEAPPLE STUDIO – LONDON
With over 20 dance styles covered in 250 classes taking place every week, you can learn tap, Tango and everything in between at Pineapple. For your own Strictly experience, enrol in their Ballroom course and you’ll learn four ballroom and four latin dances in just 12 weeks.
ANTHONY CLIFFORD STUDIOS – ESSEX
With fabulous facilities and a zest for inspiring everyone to dance, Anthony Clifford Studios is the perfect place to seek solace when Strictly is over. Family-run and offering a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, adults and children alike can learn tap, ballet, ballroom, latin, disco and more. And the quality of teaching is so high, it’s won the International Dance School of the Year award four years running.
PINK KITTEN DANCE SCHOOL – BRISTOL
Looking to learn unique forms of dance in a fun way? Pink Kitten is just what you’re looking for. Their Burlesque, pole dancing and “Bringing Sexy Back” classes are popular with hen parties, while other classes teach circus skills include aerial yoga and even how to hula hoop like a pro.
ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL – LONDON
Sadly, the UK’s premier ballet school doesn’t offer a weeknight session for us Strictly fans with two left feet… But budding Darcey Bussells should consider their summer Associate Programme for an insight into top-level training and inspiration. It’s perfect preparation for a career in this incredible art form.