Footloose lessons: Learn to dance in Calgary

Whether you have two left feet but wanna shake it like a Polaroid picture, or you’re an experienced hoofer out to acquire new dance-floor moves, there’s a class for you. These dance schools offer instruction in footloose forms from two-step, salsa and jazz to popping, locking and hip hop.

Alberta Dancesport

PO Box 38083, Calgary, AB T3K 5G9

Alberta Dancesport offers ballroom, Latino and country classes for beginners and seasoned dancers. Newbies are welcome to join in the studio’s Friday-night lessons and dance party. Each week’s session focuses on a different style from waltz to salsa and back to the double shuffle. No partner? No problem! Alberta Dancesport stresses the social aspect of dance by encouraging students to find a new partner multiple times each class. Fun fact: the owners are choreographers on Canada’s So You Think You Can Dance.

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD)

111 12 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0Z9

Get moving at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks! This world-renowned jazz-dance studio offers students more than 50 weekly classes for children and adults. Jazz Danceworks focuses on building a love of dance and core techniques rather than pushing all students to compete. As well as jazz, this studio offers a range of classes including soca, West African, Bollywood, hip hop and tap.

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

B-231 Forge Rd SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0S9

Arthur Murray is an international dance franchise that has helped shape the world of dance since 1912, and its studio owners are experienced dancers and teachers. Calgary’s Arthur Murray studio stresses dance as both social exercise and as a confidence-boosting activity. Courses are available for beginners as well as seasoned dancers.

Ballroom & Country Dance Studio

121C 17 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 1L7

Start off on the right foot at Ballroom and Country Dance Studio. Its professional staff members teach more than just ballroom and country: choose from Latin, salsa, mambo, swing, western, jive and tango. Social as well as competitive dance instruction is available in multiple skill levels. This studio offers private lessons every day of the week, as well as group classes on Monday, Friday and Sunday that will improve your dance moves and confidence.

Unique Dance

517 16 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 1K5

Unique Dance studio focuses on the student-teacher connection, providing a unique learning experience. Its founders want students to learn basic dance skills, but also dedication, confidence and perseverance. The studio offers group and private lessons for children and adults. Participants can choose between multi-level competitive courses and non-competitive social-dance programs. Are you getting married? Unique Dance will teach you the basic reception dance steps and even create elegant choreography for your first-dance song.

La Rumba Cuban Dance School

121C 17 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 1L7

La Rumba transports students to the passionate world of Cuban salsa and also offers courses in casino, rueda, rumba, Afro Cuban, son, cha-cha and reggaeton. Whatever your dance, passion is the name of the game. Students are taught to feel the music and learn the beat in an engaging social setting. Choose between group workshops and private lessons.

Havana Cuban Dance Studio

1304 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0X8

Havana Cuban Dance Studio is perfect for beginner dancers looking for a fun, flavourful time learning authentic salsa and Latin moves. Every class feels like a party in this downtown studio. Group classes are designed to accommodate children and adults of multiple experience levels. Students can audition for performing teams as well as joining a regularly scheduled dance-night outing.

Pulse Studios Inc

200-110 10 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0B3

The instructors at Calgary’s only exclusive hip-hop and urban-dance studio want to share their skills with students of all ages and skills levels. Choose from hip hop, house, popping, locking, break, voguing and waacking, funk, dancehall or a combination of them all. Experienced dancers can audition for competitive club teams. Whatever the dance style, the focus here is creating a positive community where dancers can learn, grow, battle and jam comfortably under the guidance of great instructors.

Strut Fitness & Dance

134-1111 6th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 5M5

Turn your dance skills up a notch at Strut Fitness & Dance. Featuring classes in burlesque, pole and suspension with an emphasis on physical fitness, Strut Fitness will boost your dance skills as well as your strength and confidence. The studio offers a variety of class styles for men and women of all skill levels. Memberships, drop-in rates and party packages are available for all sessions.

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