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.

At our leisure centres

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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.

  • Southwell Dance School.

We deliver weekly training in Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz and Tap. Classes take place at Southwell Leisure Centre and Farnsfield Village Centre. We hold a professional show every other year at The Palace Theatre, Newark.

We are a welcoming school which delivers high quality dance training and believes passionately that through nurturing, inspiring and rewarding achievement each individual will fulfil their true potential. Tel: 01636 921716 Email

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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:

Follow Southwell Theatre Club on Facebook

  • 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

Emphasis is on FUN and the children are invited to join in shows and there are optional excursions to workshops in Nottingham. Session are £3.50.

  • 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

  • Elaine Varney School of Dance

Based at the Hawtonville Community Centre, Newark. Telephone 01636 688681

  • Sway dance at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Ballet and street dance for children and young people. Sessions from £4 Visit Rufford Abbey Country Park

  • MLM Dance Classes

Popular sequence dancing for adults. Learn waltz, quickstep, cha-cha, rumba and foxtrot in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with AIDTA qualified dance teacher Mike and partner Maggie.
No partner - no problem.

Wednesday evenings, Coddington Village Hall, NG24 2PN, 8pm to 9pm
Thursday evenings, Salvation Army Church Hall, Balderton, NG24 3GA, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

All sessions £5 per person. For more information call 07790 719 870 or email 

Private lessons and First Dance choreography also available.

  • 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 Spotlight Studios or email

  • Ceroc (modern jive and salsa)

Mondays: Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent NG12 2FB
Tuesdays: John Godber Centre, Ogle Street, Hucknall, NG15 7FQ
Wednesdays: Friesland School, Nursery Avenue, Sandiacre, NG10 5AF
Thursdays: Lutterall Hall, Church Drive, West Bridgford, NG2 6AY

4 class nights in Nottingham all of which are suitable for complete beginners  The nights start with a complete beginners class at 7:45pm  where you will learn 3 beginners moves and how to link them together into a short routine. This is followed by 30 minutes of dancing to music to get to grips with what you have learned in class and then at 9pm there is a choice of an intermediate class and for those that have been dancing for 8 weeks or less there is a separate beginners practice session. Then its social dancing through until 10:45pm. For more information please see their website  or call Kali on 07469890189.

  • Newark Dance Academy

Millgate Community Centre

  • Mini Movers Ballet, Sundays 3:15 - 4pm (ages 2-3)
  • Little Movers Ballet, Sundays 4 - 5pm (ages 4-6)

Newark Academy - Little Movers musical theatre, Saturdays

  • 9 - 10am ages 3-5
  • 10 - 11:30am ages 6-9

Contact Natasha via Facebook @newarkdanceacademy or email -

  • Studio 96

Studio 96 is a local dance school based in Rainworth at the Joesph Whitaker sports college. We offer weekly training in freestyle, contemporary, commercial, street dance and gymnastics classes for 2.5yrs+. 

Classes are suitable for beginners onwards and everyone is welcome! With Studio 96 you can be involved in dance shows, dance demonstrations and examination sessions, or come along purely just for fun!

Contact Natalie on 07504301260 or email

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