Dance like no-one’s watching

DanceXchange launch free online classes for all levels.

Birmingham dance company DanceXchange is inviting people of all dance abilities to join in with their free online dance classes, DXtra Online, over the coming weeks. The 30-minute classes, led by DanceXchange’s regular class tutors, will run initially until 3rd April via Instagram Live.

Regular class attendees and members of the public wanting to give something new a try can choose from Ballet, Salsa, Commercial, Vogue and Contemporary. The dance styles were chosen in an online vote by DanceXchange followers.

Lucie Mirkova, Head of Artistic Programmes at DanceXchange, said: “Taking part in a live online dance class is the perfect way for people to feel connected during the UK quarantine and we are so pleased that we can support the dance community through this new programme.

“Dance is a great way to support well-being and fitness, both of which are increasingly important to us all at this difficult time. Through DXtra Online, DanceXchange is pleased to be able to support our dance tutors by providing on-going employment as well as being able to continue providing a service for our regular class attendees.

“And for those new to dance, this is a great opportunity to give dance a go, try out a new style and not worry about anyone watching you!”

The programme is currently:

MONDAY Ballet 6.30pm Led by Sebastian Loe
An introduction to the basics of classical ballet, the concepts of core stability, turn-out, flexibility, posture and placement.

TUESDAY Salsa 6.30pm Led by Helen Calcutt
An authentic Cuban-salsa dance class that combines strong dance technique with all the zest of Cuban rhythms and styling, in a fun and energetic way.

WEDNESDAY Commercial 6.30pm Led by Michael Brandon
Personalised choreography that is full of flare, strong dynamics and attitude. For beginners who want to learn, progress, have fun and be pushed.

THURSDAY Vogue 8pm Led by Jason Andrew Guest (in partnership with Unmuted & Shout)
Learn to vogue and bring it to the runway. Learn the fundamentals of the vogue and the ballroom culture it comes from. Strike a pose and join DX for an introduction to voguing.

FRIDAY Contemporary 6.30pm Led by Laura Vanhulle
Explore the basics of contemporary dance by improving coordination, strength, body alignment and flexibility. A fun class learning the basics, full of positive energy, focus, and fun!

Classes will run on Instagram Live and be available for 24 hours after the class for participants to enjoy in their own time.
The timetable of online classes can be found here

Future classes will be announced via DanceXchange social media – Instagram: @dancexchange_ Facebook: @DanceXchange Twitter: @dancexchange