Free trial dance classes
By Kelly Henderson (follow Kelly on Twitter @kellythekiwi)
Dancing is one of the most entertaining forms of exercise – you can meet new people, get fit and have fun all at the same time. Even better, the skills you learn can be transferred to any dancefloor – what a great way to impress people! Dance classes are not necessarily cheap though, so here are some ways to learn to dance without breaking your budget.
#1 Attend a free taster class
Latin classes at Dance Classes London | Various locations in London
Dance Classes London have four locations in London – Battersea, Clapham, Waterloo and Earls Court. Specialising in Latin and Ballroom dancing, they offer group classes for all levels. The classes are sold in blocks of 3, 6 or 15. Before committing to this you are invited to attend a free taster class.
Tango Classes at TangoSoul School | 9 Endell Street, Covent Garden
Register online for the TangoSoul School in Covent Garden and you will be sent a voucher for a free taster class. These beginner Argentine Tango classes run on a Monday (improvers), Wednesday (intermediate) or Friday (beginners) evening – all you need to do is turn up with your voucher and put your dancing shoes on.
Korean Pop Dance classes at DGC Dance | Various locations in London
If you’d rather by one of Psy’s backup dancers then how about trying a K-Pop dance class? DGC Dance run Korean Pop dance classes 3 times a week in Camden (Monday), Soho (Wednesday) and Fenchurch Street (Friday). Sign up on the website to try a class for free.
#2 Head to a Salsa Bar… or turn up early to a party
Salsa Classes at Salsa! | 96 Charing Cross Road
Salsa! on Charing Cross Road host dance classes every night of the week but on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday you can give it a go for free. Whether it be Salsa, Merengue or Lambada – this is the place to be.
Swing Classes in various locations in London
Swing Patrol hold regular social dances in venues all over London. Swing Den is an evening created with beginners in mind. Two teachers remain on the dancefloor for the whole night and the music is not too fast and not too slow. Whilst the night is not free (from £5–£10), there is a free lesson at the start of the night.
Range of Ballroom styles at City Sport, EC1 | Goswell Road, Barbican
City Academy hosts Ballroom social dances on the second Friday of every month. These are a great way of meeting new people whilst getting a chance to try out some new moves. The evening costs £10 and the dancing starts at 7:30pm but if you turn up at 6:30pm you will be treated to a free beginner’s class.
#3 Volunteer your time and be paid in dance
Samba Classes at the Waterloo Action Centre | 14 Baylis Road, Waterloo
The London School of Samba is run by a group of volunteers – and they are always look for a bit of extra help. The Samba workshops run on a Sunday and they need people to run the door. In exchange for your time, you will be able to attend a free class.
#4 Dance outdoors in the sun
Outdoor Tango Classes at Spitalfields
Every summer Tango-Fever and Spitalfields Estate host a series of free outdoor Tango events. The event is free for anybody to attend and it takes place under the Amphitheatre Canopy at Spitalfields Market. If you have never tango-ed before then you can attend a free trial class before each of the events.
Don’t let expensive fees stop you from becoming the next Beyonce, or fulfilling your Strictly Come Dancing dreams. There are several ways of learning to dance for free. And if you are interested in exercise then why not read our post on free fitness classes in London.
#5 Discounted Lessons Dance Lessons
Twitter accounts to follow:
TangoSoul School – @TangoSoulSchool
DGC Dance – @dgcdanceuk
Salsa Bar – @Bar_Salsa
Swing Patrol London – @SwingPatrolLdn
City Academy – @CityAcademyUK
London School of Samba – @The_LSS
Tango at Spitalfields – @TangoOutdoors
You may also want to check out the free yoga lessons in London