Every Thursday evening for the last eight weeks I’ve been upstairs in an arty building, dipping, sliding and body-popping, at City Academy’s Beginners’ Street Dance Class. You know the sort of moves: the twists and turns you see dancers doing in Beyonce, Bieber and Britney’s music videos.
We start with an upbeat warm up and stretch; the ideal way to shake off the fast pace of London living. We then go straight into a recap of the moves we learnt the week before – and build up from just a handful of steps to a complete dance. All the while the music is loud enough to drown out the noise of London for an hour and a half, so you walk out feeling energised and ready to go again.
Our teacher Daniel was superb, really approachable and very patient, getting us all in the mood to have fun. The class was paced to cater for all levels of ability with Daniel adapting and adjusting the routines by speeding things up and adding harder moves.
City Academy’s Street Dance class was extremely rewarding – especially when you surprise yourself and get a few moves right! The class is also a great way to meet people, this it what some of the class had to say about the experience:
“I loved it and found it amazing. Dancing in front of other people really helped me come out of my shell.”
“Better than Star Wars”
“It’s really good fun, makes you feel happy.”
“Let your inner Sasha Fierce out!”
“Daniel is the best and nicest dance teacher. He made us laugh so much, I’m in love when I watch his dancing! Everyone was amazing and really supportive – great atmosphere!”
Min, 28 and Carol, 27
“Everyone works better as a team. This class was something completely out of the norm for me, a personal risk that was really worth it.”
“Best dance class I’ve found in London. You think you can’t dance? Think again. I’ve done other dance classes and this was the best.”
Fancy a go? City Academy offer a range of dance, theatre, comedy and performance classes in London.