Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published September 27th 2012
Age 1 to 100
Dance Express is a dance school with professionally qualified teachers, giving lessons in many different forms of dance. It has been running since 2009 and follows lesson format of the International Dance Teacher's Association, which is the largest worldwide dance organisation. Dance Express caters for all ages, 1 to Adult; they have classes in four different locations, and even provide private lessons at times to suit you.
Ballet first developed in the 15th century during the Italian Renaissance. It is a very technical form of dance that focusses on poise and posture. It is a great place to start out if you are new to dance because it teaches the basics of balance and coordination that can be applied to all other forms.
Dance express runs classes for adults, over twos , and a baby and parent course, which promotes language and numeracy.
Tap originated from a combination of different cultural dances, including the African Juba dance, clog dancing, and Irish stepdancing. Today it is most widely associated with musicals and the likes of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. If you want to put on your top hat, white tie and tails, tap is the dance for you.
Modern dance is at the other end of the spectrum to ballet. It rebels against structured steps and thrives on the freedom of movement and expression. There are lots of sub categories in Modern dance, and Dance Express give lessons in freestyle, jazz, street and theatre.
Gymnastics is a combination of acrobatics and classical dance; it is often performed by circus actors and requires great body control. This is a class that will help improve your flexibility and strengthen muscles.
Cheerleading usually evokes the image of high school girls rooting for their hot American football captain. The sport did originate in the US, but has begun to become popular in the UK as well. New to the Dance Express curriculum, you will learn stunts, jumps and dance routines.
For anyone with a love for West End musicals, this is your chance to be trained in singing, dancing, and drama. Think Andrew Lloyd Webber's How to Solve a Problem Like Maria?, only without the live audience.
The fitness class that has taken the world by fire. It seems everyone is getting into it. Created by Colombian choreographer Alberto Perez in the 1990s, it is a fitness routine that incorporates several types of Latin dances into the mix; these include hip-hop, mambo, salsa, and a number of others.
Classes take place at Mitcham's All Saints Centre, St Luke's Church Hall in Wimbledon Park, Holy Trinity Church in Upper Tooting, and The Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club. Children's classes are £4, and adult's are £5 when paid in advance (otherwise £7). For more details on times and dates, visit their website.