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Dance in Cardiff Dance has always been important to the Welsh, but since the creation of Community Dance Wales [map] more emphasis than ever has been put on dance lessons in Cardiff. This national organisation, which is based in the capital, aims to raise the status and profile of dance in the community.

So if you fancy learning hip-swinging salsa, classic ballroom or contemporary ballet, you’ll be pleased to know there is a wealth of dance schools and clubs in Cardiff.

For those who want to follow in the footsteps of the celebrities on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, you can try your hand at ballroom at the Harry and Sybil Marks School of Dance [map].

There are plenty of other schools that also teach ballroom for beginners but if you’re a student why not try the Cardiff University Dance Club [map] at the Students’ Union bar. Here you can learn ballroom and Latin, then when you feel confident enough, you can enter local and national competitions.

If you want to have a go at salsa dancing, head for The Music Room, which is located upstairs at O’Neill’s on St Mary Street. Here you’ll find a large room with a wooden floor where you can learn all the right moves during your classes as a beginner, improver or intermediate.

You can also try salsa dancing at Cuba at The Friary [map] and Callaghan’s on Castle Street, which both welcome beginners and have dancing until 2am once the lessons are over.

To have a go at Indian dancing then head for India Dance Wales [map], where you can learn Bharat Natyam, which is internationally one of the most popular styles of Indian dance. As Wales' only professional company in this field, India Dance Wales has had a great reputation since it was founded in 1993 and offers a wide range of performances, classes and workshops.

When it comes to innovative dance then the Carlson Dance Company is a good place to start as it is dedicated to providing a safe environment where young people can express their creativity and learn contemporary dance moves. Since its formation in 1992, the company has created and toured nine works, most of which have toured throughout the U.K and Europe. Venues have included The Place Theatre in London, Chapter Arts Centre [map] in Cardiff, and the Fabbrica Europa Festival in Florence.

If you fancy trying something very different from the usual mix of ballet, tap, ballroom and salsa why not opt for Historical Dance Classes at the Howardian Education Centre. Here you can learn old dances from films such as Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth and Emma, and television productions of Pride and Prejudice and Wives and Daughters. No previous dance experience is necessary and the lessons are held two Wednesdays per month between 7pm and 9pm.

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