Things To Do in Barnes, Battersea, Cheam, Clapham, Epsom, Fulham, Kingston, Putney, Surbiton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Wimbledon

Delve into Dance

If the return of Strictly Come Dancing to your screens is inspiring you to get your groove on, why not shimmy along to one of these local dance classes and learn to strut your stuff to earn you 10s round the board.

Swing Patrol
The heyday of swing music spanned from the mid-1930s onwards, with the joyous sounds of jazz bringing vitality and energy to London and beyond. Swing Patrol offers fun and friendly swing dance classes that encapsulate the music’s vast history. Not only do the classes teach the basics, but the sessions evolve into an all-out 1940s-style party with the chance for you to try out your new moves and meet fellow swing-lovers.
Kingston, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon, Vauxhall, Brixton

Incognito dance
The haze of the summer heatwave is fast becoming a distant dream, but at Incognito Dance Academy, the pulsating beat of South and Central American music will transport you across oceans where balmy water gently laps on tropical shores. Providing lessons for all levels and abilities keen to develop their salsa skills, absolute beginners will learn their ‘adelantes’ from their ‘alcostados’, while intermediates will have the chance to partner up and don their salsa shoes. The lessons are fun and social and mimic the energy found in traditional Latin street bars. 
Wimbledon, Putney, Fulham

Vera the Diva Ballroom Dance School
Ballroom is an elegant style of dance with an age-old heritage, originating in 18th century England where the upper and elite classes would perform it in the royal courts and at society balls. Vera the Diva is the dance academy for you if you are keen to try your hand at this historic partner dance, offering all types of ballroom from Waltz to Foxtrot. Welcoming all levels, the classes are mixed and they seek to keep a balanced number of men and women so you’ll always have a partner.

Dance Attic
Among the various styles of dance on offer at Fulham’s Dance Attic, Flamenco is among its most popular classes. Flamenco is known for its eccentric costumes complete with dazzling skirts, its fiery nature, and for having an epic history. The style originates from southern Spain when it was under Arab rule, with the dance evolving and changing as Christians and Jewish Spaniards putting their own stamp on Flamenco. At Dance Attic you can experience the spirit of this passionate dance, and learn the position of heads, arms and hands, and the hand clapping and finger snaps that make the style so distinctive.

Adult Ballet
Whether you’re at firm intermediate or haven’t delved into the world of ballet since running around in a tutu aged three, the RAD Dance School in Battersea caters for all levels and provides the opportunity to hone your skills with live music from the school’s resident pianist. Despite its elegant appearance, ballet is a notoriously tough and athletic dance that requires complete and utter dedication from the professionals in the industry, but at lower levels, ballet is fun, social, and most of all incredibly rewarding in terms of fitness.

Youlie Dance
Located in Wimbledon’s St John Ambulance Hall, Youlie Dance offers a high quality of classes and sessions for beginners and advanced, with levels ranging from ballroom to Latin to the Argentine tango. Youlie has a great wealth of knowledge and experience and is keen to broaden the technical understanding of her pupils.