Dance for Fitness

Do you enjoy settling down for the latest episode of Strictly Come Dancing? Ever thought about giving it a go yourself?

Dancing can be hugely beneficial to your health. Regular dancing can help you lose weight, strengthen your bones, improve your posture, increase strength, increase balance and co-ordination and beat stress.

You will have fun learning and meet new people while getting all the benefits of a good workout. Don't despair if you don't enjoy your first class. There are lots of different types of dance you can try. Keep going until you find the one that suits you.

When you attend a dance class make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing which you can move in and shoes appropriate to the dance style. Avoid wearing jewellery as this may get caught on clothing when you move.

Julz Dance School

Based at Ollerton Primary School and run by Julie Robinson. The school caters for ages 3-11+

Freestyle classes and Zumba are held on Tuesdays and cheerleading and Latin is held on Mondays.

Spotlight Studios

Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe.

Spotlight Studios is a family business established in 1971, offering both classes and private tuition for all ages from 3 to adult.
The studio has two purpose built, air conditioned studios with professionally raised wooden shock-absorbing floors designed specifically for professional dance.

The classes on offer are:

  • Classical ballet
  • Tap
  • Modern jazz
  • Musical theatre
  • Acrobatic
  • Lyrical
  • Cheerleading
  • Cheerleading competition squads
  • Mansfield giants official cheerleaders
  • Street dance and hip hop
  • Freestyle disco
  • Latin and ballroom
  • Wedding dances
  • Contemporary
  • Irish dance
  • National dance
  • Classical Greek
  • Song and dance
  • Character

For more details visit or email

Open Classes for Dedicated Dancers

Magus C of E School Dance Studio (side entrance)

The classes on offer are:

Ballet - Tuesdays 6pm until 7pm

Jazz - Tuesdays 7.15pm until 8.16pm

Cost: £8 per class or £14 for 2 classes

Some dance experience recommended, for details contact Dean on 07885838701

At our leisure centres

For Active Fitstep and other dance classes visit

Theatre and dance

  • ‌Southwell Dance Club

Based at Thurgarton Village Hall. We meet Monday 7:30pm - 9:30pm and enjoy sequence and ballroom. Call 01636 830733.

  • Stagecoach Southwell

Performing arts school for children aged 4 -18 years old. Activities include singing, dancing and acting. Email or visit or call 0115 9614261

  • The Robin Hood Theatre Company

Everyone is welcome to join in with the activities of the Robin Hood Theatre Company, whether this is on the stage, back stage, front of house, prompting, directing, costumes/props, set creation.

The Robin Hood Theatre Company

01636 706097

  • The Robin Hood Theatre - Youth Theatre

Do you love Drama?
Are you 11 to 18 years old?
Do you want to be part of an exciting new venture?
Do you want to perform in a rural theatre like no other?
Then the Robin Hood Youth Theatre is the place for you!

Every Sunday £6 at the Robin Hood Theatre, Church Lane, Averham, NG23 5RB

For more details contact Jean Lebeter, Artistic Director on 07733 179986 Or Shauna Dennett – Youth Leader at

  • Southwell Theatre Club

A small friendly theatre club, we perform plays, murder mysteries, poetry readings; all things theatrical. We aim to do 3 - 4 productions a year including a regular slot at Southwell's Poetry Festival. Our performing home is Southwell Library and rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings. Our patron is Southwell born playwright and screen writer, William Ivory.

New members are always welcome, both novice and experienced. Whether your interest is on stage or backstage, we'd love to hear from you. For information about getting involved contact:

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  • Lowdham Pantomime Group and Lowdham Players

A friendly amateur theatre group with over 50 members based in the village of Lowdham. Visit for more details.

  • Dance4

Dance4 is a regional organisation who support UK artists and groups in the development of dance throughout Nottinghamshire. Visit for full information or call 0115 9410773.

  • Bethany Sweeney School of Dance

Ballet classes for children age 3 and upwards 01636 813632 or e-mail

  • Tozer Dance Studios

Dance lessons from 3 years 01636 814007 or visit

  • Spotlight Studios

Dance and drama for children aged 2 to adult. Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe. 

Tel: 01623 823174 / 07899 778473           


  • Tom Gribby Theatre Arts

Theatre school for children 7 upwards. Saturday mornings at the Newark Academy (Lilley and Stone Site) on London Road, Newark. Contact Tom Gribby on 07739 961597 or visit

  • Argent Theatre

Performing quality theatre in and around Newark and Southwell area. New members always welcome.

Tel 01636 679000


  • Notts Youth Dance Company (NYC Co)

Fun, energetic and creative dance classes for people age 6 - 16. All welcome, no dance experience needed. The Dance Studio, Joseph Whitaker Sports College, Rainworth, Notts, NG21 0AG. Call Bec on 07720 839 749

  • Southwell Musical Theatre Group (SMTG)

The group rehearse weekly and hold several scheduled performances throughout the year. In addition to this the group also run master classes from west end professionals on a regular basis. For more information and details on annual membership fees please email or

  • Open Classes for Dedicated Dancers

Classes focus on technique, passion, performance and dedication. Sessions run on Tuesday's at Magnus C of E School Dance Studio and include Ballet at 6pm and Jazz at 7.15pm. Classes cost £8 per class or £14 for 2 classes. 

Tel 07885838701

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