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Dance for fun and fitness

Archived press release

Date Published: 20/01/10

Aylesbury Vale District Council is offering adults and young people the chance to take part in a range of dance classes this year.

Dance is a great way of keeping fit and making friends in a fun and informal environment. The council has a variety of drop-in sessions offering different dance styles for a range of ages and abilities.

Young people can try their hand at street cheer and freestyle fusion while for adults there is a choice of ballroom and street dance.

The lessons offer great value at a time when dancing has never been so popular thanks to television shows like Strictly Come Dancing and hit films such as High School Musical and Step Up.

Budding dancers who think they have all the right moves can take part in new street cheer classes in Aylesbury. Street cheer is a mixture of street dance and cheerleading that took off when street dancers decided to introduce their techniques to give traditional cheerleading a new twist.

Those who would like to take part can go along to the sessions being run at Mandeville School on Ellen Road every Wednesday and priced at just £2. Evening sessions from 6pm to 7pm will be open to ages seven to 12 and ages 12 to 18 can go along from 7pm to 8pm.

New lessons in freestyle fusion will also be on offer. Freestyle fusion incorporates different dance styles to create energetic and fun routines.

The sessions take place every Tuesday at the Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre, running from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. The class, which costs just £2, is for girls aged from 13 to 16 only.

The street cheer and freestyle fusion classes are part of the Girls Gettin’ Active scheme, which aims to encourage girls to take part in more physical activity.

Fans of Strictly Come Dancing are being encouraged to put on their dancing shoes and try out some moves at ballroom dancing classes. Open to people of all abilities and fitness levels, participants will be able to try different dances with the help of a specially trained instructor.

The class runs from 6pm until 6.45pm (beginners) and from 6.45pm until 7.30pm (improvers) every Tuesday during the school term and cost £3 per session.

Funky street dance classes are on offer at the Walton Court Community Centre to get adults into the swing of things. Fusing hip hop and breakdance, these sessions are packed with explosive dance moves to get you moving.

The classes, which are open to people aged 18 and over, take place every Thursday between 7pm and 8.30pm during the school term. The cost is £2.50 per session.

Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “The council is very keen to offer a wide range of healthy activities for residents via its leisure service. With dance increasing in popularity all the time combined with the recognised health and social benefits, it is very appropriate that the council offers a range of dance classes to suit all ages and abilities. Why not give it a go; it could be fun.”

For further information about the dance classes, visit or call 01296 585310.

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