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What is it?

  • There are many different kinds of dancing that you can do, ranging from ballroom to line dancing, and from classical ballet to modern tap dancing.  Local folk and ethnic traditions of dancing are also important.  

  • More detailed information on the different types of dancing can be obtained from the various specialist organisations listed below.    

  • Some dancing is just done for fun and/or exercise.  Dance as a form of exercise is also covered under movement and dance.

  • Other groups work towards local  performances, competitions or exams.

Find out more


Danceservice UK  www.danceservice.co.uk/

British Ballet Organisation  0208 748 1241
Ballroom Dancers' Federation online  www.bdf.org/BDFwelcome.htm
Ceroc UK  www.ceroc.com/
DanceSport UK  www.dancesport.uk.com/
Swingland!  www.swingland.com/
Club Salsa  www.clubsalsa.com/
Kickit Line Dance UK  www.geocities.com/Nashville/Ranch/3081/Page2.html
Salsa Beat  www.salsabeat.freeserve.co.uk/main.htm
Society for International Folk Dancing  www.sifd.org/SIFDhome.htm 

Dance Expression  www.dance-expression.co.uk

Dancing Dance  www.dancingdance.com/


Dance News 
The Dancing Times 
The Ballroom Dancing Times

Getting started

  • Find a local group or club for the type of dance that interests you (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local club, dance studio or adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of dancing.

  • Check in your local library/paper, dance studio or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Everyone, whatever their age or sex, can dance.  But, some forms of dancing are more energetic and skillful than others.  

  • Ballet in particular is usually done by younger people, whereas line, folk and ballroom dancing are often done by older people, and are generally easier to take up.

  • Most forms of dancing require other people, either a partner or a group with whom to perform the prescribed movements.  

  • You can practice movements on your own, but people usually join a dance group or class.  This gives access to a leader or teacher and to the music that usually accompanies dancing.

Equipment or clothing
  • At the beginning, suitable footwear and free moving clothes are all that are required.  

  • But more serious dancing and membership of a group may involve special costumes, particularly if performances or competitions are involved.

A place or facilities
  • Many dance groups meet in local halls or schools and colleges.  The essential is a suitable floor and a space large enough for the groups to move around.  

  • Dance schools may have their own studios, with special flooring, mirrors and changing facilities.

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