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Published August 9th 2017
Casual dance classes for adults in the Hills District
Recently, I compiled a list of dance schools in the North Shore and it was published on WeekendNotes. One reader asked me, what about the Hills area? I realised that it was a little bit selfish of me to only make a list for the North Shore just because I live here, what about other Sydney readers? So this article is for those who live in the Hills area. If this goes well, I will create lists for other areas too. Thank you for your feedback and I hope that this article is useful for you.
1. Let's Moove & Groove at the Castle Hill Bowling Club
If you're looking for some easy dance classes, why not check out the Castle Hill Bowling Club's Rock & Roll Dancing or Lindy Hop Dance Classes? A detailed timetable is available on the website, but essentially, the one hour classes are held on Thursday nights. The beginners class is at 7pm and is for pure beginners who have never danced or who have little experience dancing. If you've danced before but are new to the style, this slot may also be for you. The fundamentals class is not long after at 8pm and is for those who have completed a five week beginner course. Intermediate is from 830 pm and is best suited to those who have moved through the first two levels and mastered them. After this final class, there is some practice time until 9:55pm. The casual class cost is $16 per person and new courses start every five weeks so that you can complete the course consecutively if you wish. There are plenty of special deals on the group class pricing section of their webpage.
2. Hills Adult Dance
This Castle Hills dance studio is especially for adults. The class types on offer include beginner ballet, advanced beginner ballet, beginner/advanced beginner pointe classes, beginner/advanced beginner commercial jazz, beginner/advanced beginner tap, beginner/advanced beginner theatre jazz, intermediate tap, cabaret, intermediate lyrical, beginner/advanced beginner lyrical and even JFH (jazz, funk and hiphop). The cost is $20 per class on a casual basis. You can also get a 5 pack of classes for $85 ($17 per class), $160 for 10 visits ($16 per class) and a term enrolment of $150 per term enrolment. The timetable shows classes running on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Personally, I find the diverse range of available dance styles very impressive.
This Castle Hill salsa studio has salsa classes on Sunday nights at the Castle Hill Tavern. The format of their Sunday night timetable is logical and works well. The most advanced (level 4) class is at 7pm, followed by the 8pm classes of intermediate to beginner (all three are at once). Following this, there is a social dance for everyone to practice from 9pm to 10pm. There are a few different rates available at this school. These classes are relatively inexpensive with 5 classes for $70 ($14 each). These passes are valid for twelve weeks. You can also purchase unlimited class passes. One month of unlimited classes costs $85. Three months of unlimited classes costs $235. Six months of unlimited classes costs $460. One-off casual classes cost $15 per class. There is also a "full time student" casual rate of $10 per class. I note that there are also multiple venues at this dance school (Parramatta, Liverpool/Fairfield, Castle Hill and Penrith).
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4. Shimmi's School of Bellydance
Unleash your inner goddess by taking up some bellydance classes at Shimmi's School of Bellydance. This school is at The Village Green Community Centre at Bella Vista. The first lesson is free for beginners and intense workshops are available at $25 a pop. The regular classes are available on Monday evenings for $140 for 9 weeks ($15.55 per class). Further details about this school and workshops are available on the Shimmi's website.
The Hills area certainly seems to have a diverse range of dance styles available - how lovely. I hope that you enjoyed this list and can use it to get moving in one of the many awesome dance styles available.