Adult Dance class in Shirley

Adult Dance class in Shirley

If you are looking for an adult dance class in Shirley then you might want to consider Keep Dancing Shirley. Keep Dancing is a weekly dance class suitable for people who are over 50. The classes are low impact and teach dances step by step and our friendly professional teachers are always happy to teach a step over and over again.

You can join one our adult dance class in Shirley Keep Dancing Shirley at Layca Community Centre that runs on a Tuesday 13:30-14:30 . The session is £5.50 per session and if you use the code NEWDANCER you will pay just £1.50 for your first class. Booking is essential and you can book here

Xpress-Yourself Keep Dancing dance classes have been running since 2013 and run across the West Midlands and many our dancers have been dancing with us for a number of years, testament to the success of Keep Dancing. Xpress-Yourself Dance CIC have run an adult dance class in Shirley since 2016.

A reason for Keep Dancing’s success is the variety of styles of dance taught which always offers participants a new challenge. Variety is the spice of life and actually we as human beings thrive on variety. This is why Xpress-Yourself Dance CIC Keep Dancing dance classes change the music playlist, dance routines and styles of dance each month to offer you variety. A variety of dance styles taught mean that you as the participant will gain a variety of health benefits.

Keep Dancing classes are known to improve balance, stamina, cognitive thinking, coordination, strength and mobility all important factors for healthy ageing .One of our dancers has told us that she can get up and down the stairs with greater ease just as a result of dancing once a week.

“Dancing is great for maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, and increasing balance and co-ordination. It’s also a brilliant way to meet new people, helping to tackle loneliness and social isolation.”

Alexandra Denning-Kemp, senior specialist physiotherapist at Guy’s and St Thomas’

Read the full article The scores are in: London hospital helps older patients to keep dancing here

Whilst variety is important for our Keep Dancing classes the same dances are taught across all classes at the same time and across the same month. This allows to build the movement memory of the routine in the body and most importantly build the confidence of the dancer so that when they dance the whole routine, they feel a great sense of achievement.

Keep Dancing gives you a feel good factor and all participants are supportive and encouraging of one another so if you are a complete beginner or you have danced before you will be made to feel welcome.

Styles of dance you may learn at a Keep Dancing class may include, Jive, Bhangra, Ballet, Line Dancing, Salsa, Paso Doble, Disco, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha just to name a few. You will be taught be professional dance artist and you will not need a partner to dance with. All keep dancing dances are choreographed so that you can dance solo.

Keep Dancing Shirley is that one of the high spots of my week , with me looking forward tremendously to my Tuesday afternoon.  The class is vitally important to me. I would like to say that Keep Dancing Shirley and Xpress-Yourself Dance adds  tremendously to the quality of my life, not only because learning the new dances is always a sheer delight but also the other participants are likeminded people, friendly, supportive, not just a bunch of strangers thrown together because of a shared interest.  

We are almost like a big family, who care about each other and learning all the new dances because after all “To dance is to live, to live is to dance” such a very true saying!! 

Keep Dancing Shirley Participant
Adult Dance class Shirley
Adults Dance class Shirley

For more information about Keep Dancing read our blog the 5 benefits of Keep Dancing here

My Sister really enjoys your class. She has a learning disability but this has not been a barrier to her participation and she has always felt welcome and included in the group. 

She enjoys learning the dance routines and loves the music that they dance to. Helen really enjoys this fun way to keep fit. The class is in an accessible venue which is on a bus route which is important for Helen as she doesn’t drive. This means she can attend the class independently.

 My sister was really pleased when the classes reopened as soon as they were able to after lockdown as she had missed them when they were closed. 

Keep Dancing Participant family member

Keep Dancing Shirley provides opportunity to meet new people and enjoy good company and comrade. Keep Dancing Shirley are well known for having great fun each week. Here is a photo of the group at Christmas in 2022 when they were raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society Elf Day. In 2019 the group learnt a tap routine to That’s what Christmas means to me dressed as elves.

Adult Dance class in Shirley
Adult Dance class in Shirley

I always feel good after a dancing session. It has improved my mental health .I have made new friends and enjoy meeting up with them each week. I find dancing brilliant exercise as I don’t like going to the Gym or other forms of exercise. I have found that my clothes have been feeling looser and have I gone down a dress size since dancing restarted after lockdown.

Keep Dancing Participant

Keep Dancing Shirley has been running since 2016 and runs at Layca Community Centre, Stretton Rd, Shirley, Solihull B90 2RL . Layca Centre has its on onsite carpark if you are driving and is next to Light Hall High School.

Layca Community Centre
Layca Community Centre, Shirley

Whilst Keep Dancing Shirley paused during lockdown many participants continued to join us online every week. Find out more about our online dance classes here.

If you would like another adult dance class in Shirley to launch and specifically one of our Keep Dancing classes please do get in touch.

I really enjoying attending Keep Dancing. A great bunch of people and a lovely teacher to.

Janet Rosser

Our adult dance class in Shirley, Keep Dancing runs at Layca Centre, Shirley, Solihull on a Tuesday 13:30-14:30. Booking in advance is essential and you can book here

Keep Dancing classes run in Aldridge, West Bromwich, Shirley, Marston Green, Bentley Heath, Harborne, Moseley, Quinton, Sheldon, Garretts Green Sutton Coldfield and Acocks Green. Booking in advance is essential as places are limited, however you can book your dance class each week so there is no obligation to book for the month or term.

Follow Xpress-Yourself Dance CIC on Facebook page for up to date details of all things Keep Dancing.

Watch what you can expect from our adults dance in classes Shirley here

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