16 Balderton St, London, London, W1K 6TN
- Tel: 020 7629 6183
Danceworks is the west-end's leading provider of dance, fitness, martial arts and yoga classes, and offers over 160 classes a week. There are six fitted studios with sprung floors, and serious music systems. The dance classes include, ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, lambada, salsa, tango, ballroom, belly dancing, flamenco, hip-hop, and street styles and are open for beginners and professionals alike. Pilates, all major forms of yoga, and martial arts classes including aikido, capoeira, kick boxing, tai chi, and wing tsun are all available.
Belting out and pounding the boards
01/04/2007 by Frankie
The reason I found this place was that I was looking for a studio in which to hold a figure drawing and photography session for cartoonists and character designers! [see http://art.meetup.com/270/ if you're interested in drawing stylised figures, it's non-profit making we just split the cost of the studio hire and model] Anyway, because I'm interested in dancers as models, it seemed a good place to check out. The staff were friendly and very down to earth. There's an ad hoc atmosphere there and I do agree with GreenHippo, it does feel like the Fame Academy! (OK maybe because the sound track was blasting out from the class in the basement!). There's a nice worn in feel to the place - you get the feeling it's about the dance and the sweat and the struggle to fly, rather than being a posey 'for effect' kind of place. Studio hire is a decent price really, considering there's full daylight, a wall of mirrors and sprung floors right in the middle of the West End. Studio 6 seems pretty big to me, but as the smallest studio, costs £35 per hour (prices vary at different times of the day). In the basement is a cafe with a wall of windows overlooking one of the studios, where you can relax while others pound the boards, or you can surf the net.Report this
04/02/2007 by GreenHippo
You really have to be in the know to find this place. I will help you... locate the Selfridge's clock and directly opposite you will see Balderton Street. About 50m down this road you will see Danceworks. Come in and have a drink, coffee and sandwich - it is worth it just to feel as though you have just been transported into Fame in the 1980s! Footless tights and leotards are everywhere - fortunately, so are baggy dance trousers and jauntily placed hats. The food and drink is nothing special, but before or after a class this is a fun place to have a drink. If you come about 2 weeks before London Fashion Week it becomes even more interesting, as the auditions for the fashion shows are held here, so you will be able to share a diet coke with some of the models themselves.Report this
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