It’s time to get footloose mamas. We’ve got a number of fun dance classes here in the desert city perfect for both mamas and littles, ranging from the airy classics everybody tries out at least once in their life to the energetic quirks you’d never even considered. Check out the best of the best below!
Ay, carumba! Get in touch with your fiery side to inject a bit more passion into your life at Latin Soul Dubai. Argentine tango’s the name of the game and as the saying goes, it takes two to tango and this beautiful, sensual dance form is one that’s always a hit for couples. So break out those heels and your boldest skirt for a way to burn off the calories while reconnecting with your loved one. If you’re looking for more of a supercharged workout however, they also offer Tango Fitness and Zumba as well!
Latin Soul Dubai, Studio 106, Icon Tower, TECOM, 500180 Dubai
(+971) (0)4 450 8476, latinsouldubai.com
You’re never too young to dance mama and nobody understands that better than Boogie Babies! With multiple locations all across Dubai, this fun music and movement class is aimed at tots up to the age of 3 and helps develop their confidence, motor skills and creativity through a series of awesome activities. Mamas and papas can get involved too, always a plus in our books!
Boogie Babies, The Change Initiative, Dubai
(+971) (0)50 884 1966, www.boogiebabies.org
Keep the minis on their toes at Turning Pointe Dubai, one of the most popular dance schools in the desert city for quality dance instruction. Offering classes for kiddos aged 3 and up, it follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and prepares tots for the classical ballet examinations, all while boosting their confidence and grace. With over ten locations in Dubai, we’re sure you’ll find a studio near you. (Psst… encourage them to try out for TYPB showcase, where they’ll get to perform in a full length ballet!)
Turning Pointe, Deira International School, Dubai Festival City, see all locations
(+971) (0)800 32623, turningpointe.ae
There’s no denying that a good old Bollywood beat never fails to put me in a good mood and luckily, we’ve got a fab opportunity to learn to dance to it here in Dubers. Run by Nisha Shivnani, the Nisha Dance Centre is the perfect place for mamas and kiddos to pick up this high energy dance skill that’ll improve your fitness and flexibility. Offering both group and private lessons, they also do bellydancing, contemporary, jazz and hip hop classes.
Nisha Dance Centre, (+971) (0)50 749 2067, www.dancewithnisha.com
Run by international professional dancers, First IDS focuses on breakdancing, hip hop as well as a dash of street jazz for kids and adults of all ages. There’s a six month programme perfect for beginners to help break it down to basics and improve your flexibility and fitness. You’ll be able to bust a move to some pretty sick beats and a series of fantastic touring dancers do special workshops occasionally (Beyonce’s famous backup dancers Les Twins did one last year).
First IDS, 1808 One Lake Plaza, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai
(+971) (0)50 955 7887, first-dxb.com
Not the type to buckle down with some choreography? MOVELAB has come up with an awesome out of the box Creative Movement concept that puts you at the centre of it all, allowing you and your kiddos the way you want to. At MOVELAB it’s not about getting the moves right, it’s about learning how to express yourself through dance while developing confidence, flexibility, coordination, improving posture and more. Perfect for kids over the age of 4 and adults, they run ten week courses for you to get stuck in.
MOVELAB, (+971) (0)56 690 9255, movelabdance.com
I can see the raised eyebrows now, but after watching Chief Hoop Fairy Teeba of flowground jam out with her hoops, it’s definitely a dance form to us. (In fact, you can check out our Editor Kaya busting a move!) These 75 minute classes work almost every part of your body for a pretty intensive workout and you absolutely have to head over to their hoop jam sessions on Monday, where everyone freestyles and the experienced hoopers pull out their LED hula hoops.
Check out our review of flowground!
flowground, (+971) (0)56 221 2300, www.flowground.com
It’s great to see that the stigma around pole dancing is slowly fading, especially as it’s a pretty kick ass workout that works your core and tones you up like nothing else. Pole Fit Dubai is probably your best bet for classes and you’ll be able to work on your flexibility and musicality while letting your hair down after running the kiddos round all day. Aside from pole classes, they also offer aerial hoops, yoga and flexibility classes as well.
Pole Fit Dubai, G/F, Marina Sail Tower, Dubai Marina, Dubai
(+971) (0)800 765 3348, www.polefitdubai.com
This one’s for the really little tappers out there. Kidville offers Totally Tap classes for 3-5 year old where your bubs will be able to learn the basics of tap, exploring music and rhythm with the guidance of their experienced teachers. Oh, and did we mention that they do a little showcase just for parents on the last day of class?
Kidville, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, see all locations here
(+971) (0)4 440 1220, www.kidville.com
Easily the most iconic ballroom dance, you’ll learn to float around a dance floor with your partner at Arthur Murray Dubai. This dance school has oodles of experience with studios all over the world, with group and private classes to match your budget and comfort zone. With two locations in Jumeirah Lake Towers and the Burj Khalifa as well as an awesome experienced team, it’s no surprise this studio’s always a favourite.
Arthur Murray Dubai, 201 Reef Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, see all locations here
(+971) (0)4 448 6458, www.arthurmurraydubai.com
Now to be honest, we hadn’t heard about Zouk until recently but this sexy Brazilian dance form is one we’re keen to try out. Similar to salsa but utilising more parts of your body, the best studio to learn it is easily Zouk Dubai – where Nayan de Andrew brought it over to Dubai along with his partner Samantha Ho. With programmes of six classes each at different skill levels, it’s a wallet-friendly way to add a little spice to your life.
6 class courses are priced at AED 300.
Zouk Dubai, (+971) (0)50 276 5047, zouk-dubai.com
Looking to burn a few calories, mama? Dancing your way to a healthier lifestyle is what they’re all about at DanceFitME and their Zumba classes are definitely an awesome place to start. Inspired by Latin American dance, you’ll spin and sashay your way to a fitter you to the awesome music hot off the Top 40s and internationally.
Zumba classes begin at AED 65 each with additional packages available.
DanceFitME, Al Quoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
(+971) (0)50 552 8330, dancefitme.com
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