Have you noticed that there is slightly more glitter around than usual? That your friends are walking with a bit of skip and a jump in their step? And your boss’s hips are shaking a little more? That can only mean one thing – Strictly Come Dancing is back. To celebrate the return of the BBC One show, which started over the weekend, we’ve got our dancing shoes on and found the five best classes in London.
Street/Commercial hip hop at Pineapple Dance Studios
Like Ballroom or Latin, Street is a catch-all term for the styles of dance that developed outside the studios. Recently Pineapple Dance Studios has become more famous for producing Louis Spence than great classes, but remember it offers a huge range of different street dance lessons. The studio teaches Hip Hop 2K, Street Jazz, Breakdance, Fusion Funk, Michael Jackson Style Dance and even more. We’re not entirely sure what the difference between them is, but that’s what you’ll learn while at Pineapple!
Diva dance Classes
We’ve all wanted to shake it like Beyoncé, RiRi or the Pussycat Dolls at one time or another. Those ladies have the most impressive choreography we’ve ever seen and they look so good doing it. Well, City Academy is offering you the chance to learn all the routines. Its Diva Dance classes promise to help you learn the right postures, develop the perfect kicks, and lose your inhibitions, all while having fun and staying fit. Classes are sold in seven or eight week chunks, and last for 75 minutes every Tuesday. We don’t see Bruce Forsyth approving of these moves, but sign us up.
Simply Dancing Partners
Taking a leaf out of Strictly’s book, Simply Dancing Partners pairs students with experienced professionals, to guarantee that every member of the class can feel like a (minor) celebrity. Founder Jenni Kravitz found that when she was learning to dance, many of the classes had few men in them, and the ones who turned up were never any good. Instead of being put off, Jenni started her own dance class that guaranteed strong partners for everyone. Like Strictly, they concentrate on the all the classic styles – that means Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Jive, Rumba and Sumba. Based in Marble Arch, Simply Dancing Partners offers classes for those who have recently caught the Strictly bug as well as those who have been cha-chaing for years.
Zubaidah’s belly dancing classes
If you like all the sequins, but want to try something more exotic, then you should take Zubaidah’s belly dancing class. The Australian ex-pat has been dancing for years and has used her skills in many of her theatre roles. Now she teaches others at drop-in sessions at Eastham Leisure Centre. Classes are every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm and cost £7.20 for non-members. If you’ve always wanted to try this ancient dance form, then there is no better place to start.
It’s incredible how many calories you lose on a long night on the dance floor. If it wasn’t for all those empty alcohol calories, you’d be as fit as an Olympian! Ravercise is a dance class for people who want to get fit, rather than learn fancy foot work. The high energy drum ‘n’ bass class has you energetically bouncing around the dance floor in front of a live DJ. This is definitely a class for both music lovers and fitness fanatics. Held over at Mother Bar in Shoreditch, the sessions last an hour, starting at £11.50 for one and going up to £88 for 12.