Dance in London
Whether you want to sit back and let the professionals
entertain you or take to the floor yourself and learn
some impressive steps, there’s a range of dance
venues, shows and classes in London to suit everybody.
London is home to several of the most important dance
schools in the UK.
The Central School Of Ballet [map],
Herbal Hill, Clerkenwell Road, EC1, is one of the most
respected ballet schools in the world. With a strong ethos
of personal development, the school offers a range of
courses to those with exceptional ballet skills as well
as those who just want to get fit and have fun.
Over in West Central London, The London Contemporary
Dance School [map] at The Place on Dukes Road, offers vocational training
for dancers, choreographers, and dance artists. The Place
itself is a powerhouse of contemporary dance offering
a wide range of tuition and performances.
If you’ve always dreamed of cutting a dash on the
dance floor like a pop princess or member of a boy band The Pineapple Dance Studios [map],
Langley Street, WC2, will be able to help you fulfil your
dreams. Many stars have passed through the Pineapple doors
since it was founded in 1979 and there’s a range
of accessible classes available.
In the South West meanwhile, the home of British hotstepping,
the Royal Academy of Dance [map],
can be found at Battersea Square.
The Academy, RAD to its friends, offers ballet and jazz
tuition to adults
and children and has trained hundreds of leading internationally
Every year thousands of locals and visitors flock to Croydon,
in South East London, to take part or watch the annual Croydon Summer Festival, which involves
a large number of entertainment venues in the area. Audiences
enjoy an eclectic mix of some of the best musicians, entertainers
and dance performances in the region.
If you fancy getting involved and keeping fit whilst having
fun The Greenwich Dance Agency [map] offers a range of dancing from across the globe, so whether
you’re into Hungarian folk dancing or swing dance
you should find something to get you on your feet. The
Dance Agency is based at Royal Hill, Greenwich, SE10.
The area around North West London plays host to the UK
Foundation For Dance, which is based in Marylebone.
Its aim is simply to promote dance, and the Foundation
runs the Marylebone Dance Studio [map],
NW1. Here professional dance ensembles can practice their
shows while instructors hold open dance classes for the
Stratford Circus [map] is East London’s premier dance venue with three
performing arts spaces housed within an ultra modern looking
glass and steel building. Located close to Stratford station
on the Jubilee, Central and DLR rail lines.
Soon North London will see the opening of a brand new
purpose build cultural centre in North Finchley, which
will be a focus for dance in Barnet. In the meantime those
looking to watch dance on stage still have access to The
Bull Theatre [map] which has been relocated to this north Finchley spot.
If you can’t decide what kind of genre to go for
head to The Riverside Studios [map],
Hammersmith, W6, which is a unique arts and media centre
located on the banks of the Thames in Hammersmith. With
two main performance areas and a designated workshop space
there’s plenty of dance to see. From large touring
productions to international visiting artists and world-renowned
dancers holding workshops, this is the place to learn
or simply watch some top quality dancing. Take a breather
in the large contemporary café/bar and terrace.
Get in on the action by signing up for a class at The
Cosmopolitan Jive School [map], Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway,
Ealing W5. This is one of the oldest Jive schools in London
and it has a great reputation for offering Modern French
One of ballets most important schools is also located
in West London.
The Royal Ballet School [map],
Talgarth Road, Barons Court, W14, trains and educates
outstanding classical ballet dancers for The Royal Ballet
in Birmingham and other top international dance companies.
This dynamic company often has revues and performances
for members of the public and is a great place to see
talent of the future.
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