“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.” - George Bernard Shaw

Anyone can dance. Dances are back with the easing of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. Here’s how and where you can participate.

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When Do Dances for Seniors Take Place?

Whether you want to learn to dance, or already know how to and want to find events where other people will be dancing, there are plenty of ways for older adults and senior citizens to dance, meet new people, and get exercise.

Where are dances for seniors held?
There are a lot of places where you can find social evenings of dancing for seniors. (Source: Skitterphoto)

Fortunately, this type of activity isn't time-dependent. While certain outdoor sports can only be done when the weather is right or during certain times of the year, most dancing is done indoors and there are events throughout the year.

A dance centre or school will have classes and events throughout the year. However, schools will more closely follow an academic calendar and some may be closed during the summer whereas others may offer even more classes and events as they know there are more potential participants with most children off school.

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Where Do Dances for Seniors Take Place?

Older people and senior citizens interested in dancing will need somewhere to cut a rug. Fortunately, there are a lot of different places where you can find social events and dance classes.

Retirement Homes

Good retirement homes will regularly offer classes and activities for individuals and groups to their residents. You may be surprised at just how many different activities and pursuits that older people can be involved with while living in retirement homes or assisted living centres.

In a lot of cases, however, the home may take residents elsewhere to dance as they mightn't have the space or a suitable room for dance classes or social events.

Church Halls and Community Centres

Church halls and community centres regularly have events going on, especially for older adults and members of the local community. A lot of clubs and associations will also operate out of church halls and community centres as they are often cheaper to hire than other venues and require very little equipment to host classes or dances.

These places often have information on the clubs and associations that operate out of their venue so you can always get in touch with them to find out what's going on and when or get the relevant contact information for a particular activity like a ballroom dance class or a social evening of dancing.

Clubs, Bars, and Pubs

Clubs, bars, and pubs are still amongst the most obvious places to go for a dance. After all, these places often have a dedicated space for dancers of all levels to lose themselves in the movement, often after a few libations.

What kinds of dances and events are there for seniors?
You can't beat a bit of dinner and dancing. (Source: RitaE)

That said, if you want something for older people or just more appropriate to your age and the style of dancing you like, you might want to check the calendars of these places. Fortunately, most clubs, pubs, or bars now have social media pages and websites where you can see what events they have going on from open mic nights to pub quizzes and evenings of ballroom dancing, for example.

Leisure Centres

As dancing is a physical activity, there are often a lot of classes at leisure centres, gyms, and sports halls. However, as dancing is also quite social, it's not uncommon for these classes to also host an event or a show, often at the end of the academic year.

These social events can sometimes be held at the leisure centre itself, especially with classes for older dancers and senior citizens as hosting events here can be cheaper than at other venues. However, sometimes the occasion calls for somewhere fancier and a class that's usually held at the leisure centre may decide to take all their dancers to somewhere nice for an evening of dancing.

Music and Dance Schools

Much like with dance classes at leisure centres, music and dance schools will not only offer classes but social events for members of their classes. If you're a member of a dance company, dance class, or exercise class, an end-of-year show or meal may be part of the programme.

Much like with a leisure centre, there may be an evening of nibbles, drinks, and dancing held at the school itself, especially since they already have an appropriate space for dancing.

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What to Wear to the Dance

If you've found a suitable event for older adults or senior citizens and are getting ready to go, you might be wondering what you need to wear. The first thing to check is whether or not there's a dress code. If you're attending a fancy dinner, you may be expected to don your finest evening wear, but in other cases, you might be able to dress as casually as you like.

What should you wear to an evening of dancing?
Your attire should match the style of dancing and the formality of the event that you're attending. (Source: PublicDomainPictures)

However, if you're serious about your dancing, then you probably want to dress as functionally as you can. Dancing is exercise, after all, so make sure that your clothing allows for movement and that you have comfortable shoes. Of course, a lot of dancing is also self-confidence so wear clothing that you feel comfortable in that also matches the activity, occasion, and dress code.

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What Kinds of Dancing Can Seniors Do?

The type of dancing tends to depend on the kind of music being played at an event. You’d waltz to a waltz. As new musical styles emerge, so do new styles of dance.

What kinds of dancing can seniors do?
While there probably won't be many evenings of breakdancing, there are a lot of styles of dancing suitable for older people. (Source: PICNIC-Foto-Soest)

At a dance, they’ll usually indicate what kind of music or dancing will be involved. Here are just a few that they could be:

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • Cuban Salsa
  • Samba
  • Quickstep
  • West Coast Swing
  • Cha-cha-cha
  • Paso Doble
  • Viennese Waltz
  • Bachata
  • Bolero
  • Kizomba
  • Mambo

You’re spoilt for choice. Have a look around your local area for events. From there, you’ll get a better idea of the kinds of dancing that’ll be available. Generally, the theme or music being played will be the best indicator.

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Ready to go dancing?

A quick search on Google will help you find events happening near you.

If you're interested in learning to dance or getting dance lessons, consider looking for a private dance tutor on the Superprof website. There are tutors for all ages, levels, and budgets, so start looking today and find the perfect dance teacher for you.

There are different types of lessons offered and since each comes with a series of pros and cons, you'll want to think carefully about which is right for you, your level, your physical fitness, and your budget.

Face-to-face tutoring can be very effective as you have a dedicated teacher focusing completely on you and what you want to learn. They can tailor every session to you and what you want to learn. However, the extra time they spend planning outside of the lessons results in their tutorials being more costly. However, these are arguably the most cost-effective types of lessons out there.

Group tutorials are an excellent option for those on a tight budget or looking to meet other people. By sharing the cost of the tutor's time and expertise with a group of other students, you'll end up paying less per student per hour than you would with a one-on-one tutor. While lessons won't be fully tailored to you, you do have the benefit that the lessons are perfect for learning couples dances or group dances.

If you can't find any suitable or available private tutors in your local area, you can also broaden your search to include online private tutors. As long as you have a decent internet connection and a webcam, you can learn to dance from tutors all over the world. While we wouldn't recommend this for those with certain health conditions or a risk of falling, you can be taught more about dancing from an online tutor quite safely as long as you're supervised when you do try out your new moves.

Don't forget that a lot of the tutors on the Superprof website offer the first lesson or session for free. You can use these free sessions to try out several potential tutors before deciding on the tutor that's right for you, your level, and your budget. Of course, it's always recommended to concentrate your search on suitable tutors rather than just looking for free lessons from any dance tutor.

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