Street dance

An improvised form of dance that literally derived from the streets, street dancing – or vernacular dancing as it was originally known – developed in America during the 19th century

However, with its starring theme in recent films and the popularity of Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity, street dance is beginning to break into the mainstream in the UK. B-boying, otherwise known as breakdancing, originated on the streets of New York, while the Melbourne Shuffle, unsurprisingly, was founded in Australia and Tecktonik began life in Paris.

Who should take up street dance?
Street dance is particularly well suited to people who want to burn off energy and get fit in a fun, sociable environment. As well as the physical developments, such as strength, flexibility, co-ordination and balance, street dance also improves a person’s confidence and allows them to rid any inhibitions they have.

What are the benefits?
Incorporating street dance into a workout routine has many key fitness benefits: stamina is vastly improved due to the level of energy required; hands, feet and joints grow more flexible as they adapt to support the body’s weight; mental self-confidence is given a huge boost as dancers are required to memorise various dance moves and sequences; and concentration levels are developed as often complex routines need learning.

How much does it cost?
Costs vary from club to club, but the average price of a 10-week schedule is around £100. For more information, visit


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