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Dance in Greater 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 acclaimed dancers.

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 non-professional enthusiasts.

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 Jive.

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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