Styles Of Dance


The word ‘Ballet’ comes from the Italian word “Ballare” which means to dance.  It is an artistic dance form characterized by precise set steps, positions and gestures and the use of pointe shoes at advanced levels.


Ballroom is a form of dance traditionally performed in couples as seen on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.  Dances include the Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz.


Cheerleading is a dance form which originated in the USA at Sports Games with the purpose of cheering on one’s team and exciting the crowd with spectacular moves and tricks.  It is characterised by energetic jumps, slick arm positions and the use of poms.


The art of creating dances.

Classical Sequence

Set dances which originated in the Ballroom danced in couples.

Country & Western

Line Dancing inspired by Country and Western music.


A dance form which has developed since the 1970’s with a range of styles from Disco to Upbeat moves often reflecting music current in the pop charts.

Hip Hop/Street

A style of dance which had its start from the streets.  It encompasses different styles such as break-dancing, tutting, popping, krumping.


Traditionally danced in couples to rhythms from Latin America.  Standard Latin dances are Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive and Paso Doble.  Other rhythms include Salsa, Mambo and Merengue.

Performing Arts/Musical Theatre

An art form encompassing Drama, Singing and Dance to create stories for the stage as you would see in London’s West End or on Broadway.

Rock & Roll

Traditionally danced in couples to the Rock and Roll music of the 50’s.  Highlights include kicks, flicks and partner lifts.


A Latin American form of dance popular in clubs.

Social Dance

Dancing for fun at dances usually in couples performing Sequence and Ballroom routines.

Song & Dance

Song & Dance at Theatre competitions includes part singing and part dancing; often taken from musical theatre.

Speech & Drama

Speech & Drama exams study vocal exercises, speech exercise and acting techniques.


This is the style you see most often in the theatre – originally a break-a-way from Ballet and the strict turned out positions.  


Tap dancing involves making sounds and rhythms using the feet as a musical instrument by wearing shoes with metal taps attached to the bottoms.