Dance Styles

Adult Opportunities to Dance

With the influence from Strictly Come Dancing Ballroom and Latin Dancing has made a huge comeback. Unlike many dance schools, with Want2Dance with Victoria, no partner is necessary, so the opportunity to learn the Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba or Tango, becomes accessible to everyone. Take your pick from joining an Absolute Beginners class, right through to more advanced classes.

Sequence Dancing is a very popular form of social dancing, based on Ballroom and Latin dance steps, but everyone dances the same set sequence at the same time. It’s a great way to make new friends, and to stay fit and healthy.

Modern Jive has evolved from ballroom jive and swing into one of the simplest of all partner dances. There’s no footwork to learn so within just half an hour you will be turning and spinning to the biggest chart hits of today and yesterday, and no partner is necessary!

Who doesn’t love Argentine Tango? Whether you are an absolute beginner or not, immerse yourself in the music and the dance itself, with a little ocho or two, maybe a parada, or even just a walk!

With just the briefest of nods to the more traditional notion of line dancing, Line Dancing at the Dance Studio uses popular chart music, and the choreographed routines will give you a good work out. What’s more, classes are suitable for beginners, and the more advanced line dancer, and age is no barrier either!

If you fancy dance exercise, have no partner and love watching Strictly, join a Strictly Solos Dance Class. Learn a cheeky Cha Cha Cha, a Fred Astaire Foxtrot, dance a romantic Rumba or a quickety Quickstep. Add props into the mix, and before you know it you will soon become strictlified! Strictly Solos is a great way to get fit, stay fit, bust stress levels, and make new friends.

While “yang” yoga focuses on your muscles, Yin Yoga targets your deep connective tissues, like your fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones. It’s slower and more meditative, and usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. Yin is an introspective practice that offers a chance to turn inward and nurture the calm, quiet centre that is innate in all of us. It is a practice in stillness, patience, and non-reactivity and an opportunity to recharge those batteries.

Dancing for Children

Contemporary/Lyrical dance classes for children aged 11+

The development and demand of Contemporary Dance is visible in theatres, television and film. Working with the NATD contemporary syllabus, students will learn the grade work needed for the (optional) examinations. As well as exams, classes will also focus on technique, strengthening, flexibility, and confidence building. Students will have opportunities to take part in exams and performances including shows at The Brewhouse with the rest of the Joanna’s Dance Academy. Classes will be fun, friendly and relaxed but also perfect for both beginner dancers and dancers who want to take their skills to the next step.

Freestyle Dance Classes

Freestyle is a popular form of dance in the UK today. It involves runs, spins, kicks and leaps, as well as many other diverse steps and movements with lots of arm and hand actions.

A modern, expressive and varied dance style, freestyle encourages dancers to develop good poise and posture, and allows the individual dancer freedom to express themselves from within. Working under Joanna’s dancers will also learn advanced moves including fast spinning, high kicks and isolated body actions. Students will have opportunities to take part in exams and performances including shows at The Brewhouse with the rest of the Joanna’s Dance Academy.

Street Dance

This style of dance really became popular with Michael Jackson and is the form of dance that most backing dancers use on pop videos. There are many styles, including locking, popping, ticking and waacking but all have different rhythmic expressions and characterisations. Classes will provide a structured approach towards (optional) exams, but will also motivate, build self-confidence and provide lots of fun for the young dancer. Students will have opportunities to take part in exams and performances including shows at The Brewhouse with the rest of the Joanna’s Dance Academy.

Ballet Classes

Ballet is a theoretical style of dance that focuses on posture, technique, alignment and grace, and uses body movement and music to speak emotions and tell a story. Children’s ballet classes teach proper posture and coordination. From the moment a child stands at the barre, they learn how to engage their muscles, stand up tall, and take control of their bodies. Ballet also boosts self-confidence, fosters teamwork, cooperation, communication, and trust. Ballet classes also builds friendships. As with all classes provided by Joanna’s Dance Academy, children will have the opportunity to take exams and participate in performances.