The host of fitness studios and classes available to us in London can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. But, if you’re looking for a workout that promises to put the fun back into exercise then perhaps try a dance class? Here, we list the best dance studios in London, from those that offer a quick-fix cardio workout to something a little more disciplined.
Arguably the most famous dance studio in London, Pineapple Studios maintains its prestigious position at the top of our hitlist for various reasons. Firstly, the timetable is unrivalled, offering over 250 classes per week in its 10-studio location near Covent Garden. This alone means that the space is like something out of Fame the Musical as the corridors are constantly buzzing with leg-warmer clad dance enthusiasts. Secondly, disciplines are varied and each is taught by a world-class professional, so the level of quality is high. If that’s not reason enough, there’s a range of levels, from the utmost beginners to West End professionals looking to shake off the cobwebs post rehearsal.
Pineapple Studios, 7 Langley Street, London, +44 20 7836 4004
Bringing something a little more seductive to the fitness industry, Studio 68 holds classes such as Heels – which, incase you needed it spelling out, is a dance class performed completely in heeled shoes; and pole dance, a fantastic core workout that’s significantly harder than you might think. In addition, the timetable boasts some exciting concepts such as Locking, Popping, Afro Swing; and Acro for Dancers. Intrigued? We thought so… find the full timetable here and head down to the Southwark studio to try something new.
Studio 68, 68 Ewer Street Southwark, London, +44 7903 188552
Whether you’re looking to develop your technique in a specific area of dance, keen to try something new or your main objective is to sweat, there’s sure to be a session in the Danceworks program that will tick the box for you. One of the few places in the city where you’ll find Intermediate Tap on the timetable, it offers teachings in traditional disciplines as well as something a little more contemporary – perfect for those wanting to reconnect with a medium that they might have practised in the past (does ‘good toes, bad toes’ ring a bell for anyone?). Alongside this, they also offer Musical Theatre and singing workshops which may be of interest… channel your inner West End superstar, don a pair of legwarmers and prepare to leave feeling upbeat, exercised, and altogether great.
Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street, London, +44 20 7629 6183
Seen On Screen
If you’re looking for a class that lets you step out of your own shoes and into that of your favourite disco diva then Seen On Screen should be your first port of call. Classes are designed to teach you the routines from some of the entertainment industry’s most iconic music videos and stage performances and they sit under the categories; Diva, Hip Hop, and Swag. Need we say more? Expect to strut (there’s a masterclass dedicated to perfecting this art), sweat and sashay your way through the session and feel altogether prepped for hitting that dancefloor come the weekend.
Multiple locations across London, +44 800 644 0588
Putting the sass into classic yoga moves, Voga classes are set to a 1980s House soundtrack and the concept fuses yoga with dance in a way that feels fresh, fun and newly challenging. Perfect for experienced yogis looking to bring a new dimension to their practice but equally suited to those who fancy dipping their toe into the water without taking it too seriously, there really isn’t anyone who shouldn’t try out this studio. Whilst the Voga Classic class introduces you to the concept during the 45-minute sessions, there are also Madonna Specials and Silent Discos available to book, plus they offer a hilarious-sounding hen or stag do packages.
Multiple locations across London
Dance Attic Studios
A feel-good atmosphere is an essential element for a dance workout and that’s something that Dance Attic Studios masters particularly well. The timetable spans everything from Zumba to Bellydancing, Ballroom and Latin to Jazz Funk, so there’s a true variety here. Classes cost an affordable £5-7 which is a welcome breath of fresh air considering some of the alternatives in London. There’s also a real sense of community at this Fulham-based establishment – nothing flashy, just a good honest dance class.
Dance Attic, Old Fulham Baths, 368 North End Road, London, +44 207 610 2055
Barrecore has been operating in London since 2011 and at the time of its launch, it was the only studio teaching ballet barre in the city. It still remains one of the most prestigious brands today and it operates out of 12 different studios across the UK. Instructors undergo 200-hours worth of training before they can lead a class so the quality here is high and sessions range from everything as gentle as Stretch which is designed to elongate and detoxify your muscles, to Signature Advanced where you’ll experience a higher level of repetitions and less recovery time throughout the 45-minute workout. If barre is your dance class of choice then add this studio to your list of must-trys.
Barrecore, First Floor, Atlantic Court, 77 Kings Road, London, +44 20 7349 7500
Whether it’s Frame Rave, Music Video, Cardio Barre or Dance Cardio that you’ve booked in to at Frame, we promise that you’ll leave with a spring in your step and a smile on your face. The idea here is to work hard and have fun at the same time and there’s no better way to do so than with an upbeat, sweaty dance session to a feel-good playlist. Instructors have an infectious energy and it’s as much about the social as it is the workout, so grab a friend, slip on some Lycra and get ready to remind yourself that exercise can be fun. Stay tuned because Frame is due to open its 5th London studio in Fitzrovia by the end of 2017…
Frame Shoreditch, 29 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, +44 20 7033 1855
Caramelo Latin Dance School
Caramelo Latin Dance School
If you’re focused on Latin dance then make Caramelo at the Paddington Academy your destination of choice. Its comprehensive class offering (from Batcha to Cha Cha Cha) allows you to be specific about exactly what it is that you want to learn or if you’re unsure at the start, then it’s your chance to gain a better understanding of exactly what Latin dance means. From the one-day intensive courses to more detailed 4-week alternatives, pick your package, turn up and get ready to rival even the most impressive of Strictly dancers in no time at all.
Caramelo Dance School, Paddington Academy, 50 Marylands Road, London, +44 7572 891570
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