Dancing is a great way to keep fit. With the recent increase in dancing shows on television, dancing has become extremely popular.

There are all different types of dancing, ranging from having a cheeky boogie in your living room when no one is looking, to formal dance events. Many people go to nightclubs to dance, choosing the venue they pick based on the type of music being played. Venues include nightclubs, gigs through to cheesy pub discos.

Dance is a way to enjoy yourself, to keep fit, to express yourself and your love of life and music.

In nightclubs, pubs, gigs, and the comfort of your own home, it’s possible to dance any way you want. At some events, more formal types of dance are performed, where you are expected to move in certain types of ways and to specific types of music. These formal dances are becoming increasingly popular, with television shows like ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘Dancing On Ice’ having popularised them throughout the nation.

Many formal dances involve performing with a partner, and each pair needs to be practised, co-ordinated and physically fit if they want to do well. This type of dancing does not involve simply jumping around or making things up as you go along, each person needs to learn the correct moves and perform in time with the appropriate music.

So how do you learn formal dances? There are many guides on the internet, with video lessons available on websites such as YouTube. There are also self help guides and books available. These will help you get an idea of how to dance, but to perform really well you may like to find out if there are any dance schools or lessons and tuition available in the local area. If you are unsure where to look you could try searching Google for something appropriate – a phrase like ‘London Dance School’ will help you to find nearby venues. By going to a dance school, you will learn with other people who are at similar levels. These lessons are available for complete beginners or for people simply looking to refine what they already know and give it some additional ‘polish’.

If you don’t want to have lessons in a group with people you don’t know, you could consider private dancing tuition. Many schools offer private dancing tuition, where you pay a tutor to train you. This saves you the embarrassment of performing in front of other people, but can be more expensive. Ultimately you will be performing in front of other people and so learning with other people can therefore be very beneficial. For those contemplating ballroom dance lessons, London has some of the top ranking dance schools in the country.

There are lots of formal dance types, including Salsa, Samba, Rumba, Tango, Waltz, Argentine Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Paso Doble. Different types can be faster or slower meaning that some are more suitable for energetic people. If you are planning to attend a night themed to a specific type of dance then you may want to practise first, either at home using the internet, CD’s and DVD’s to help you learn, or in a formal setting with trained professionals there to assist you. Doing this will be most effective, however it also depends on whether you are dancing just for fun, or if you want to look great and win prizes.

Many people dance competitively. Often each couple will train together and then dance in front of a panel of judges. These competitions can be low-key affairs where people take part simply because they enjoy it, or they can be more intensive.

If you want to dance, there is no better time than now. Either learn to dance formally, or just go out and have fun. Either way, the most important thing is that you enjoy yourself.

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