We’re sorry to break it to you, but your half-arsed sprinkler and shopping trolley novelty moves just aren’t cutting it anymore.
They were funny when everyone else was lawn mowering their way across the nightclub, but suddenly, you’ve had a look around and now it’s just you. Conga lines are a cool way to fill up a crap song, but a one-man conga line is just a sad person with invisible maracas worming their way through strangers.
So, if you’re looking to up your ante on the d-floor but don’t know where to start, we’ve got just the thing—adult dance classes. Not only will they get you a ticket aboard the soul train, they’re also super great stress releasers, endorphin-oozing fitness classes and indirect exercise (i.e. a workout that doesn’t really feel like one because it’s shiteloads of fun). Meet new peeps or bring along your besties, jive on down with a new selection of hip bumping, swirl-tastic moves and get all sassy with your newborn musicality. You’re going to want to check out these adult dance classes on the Gold Coast ASAP.
Do you have a friend who keeps turning down your dance lesson requests because they’re busy? Well, not anymore they’re not, with KBOD Fitness dance classes held every night of the week. Dancing superstar Kelii has worked with big names in dance. We’re talkin’ Kylie Minogue, Human Nature, Vanessa Amorosi, KD Lang, Green Day, Christine Anu and more! Check out interesting classes like the super funky Ka Pow high intensity fitness workout, old school 80s groove sessions, barre and Pilates exercises, plus a full rotation of the hips more. Seriously, this is not one to miss if you’re up for something new.
That’s My Jam Dance
This bootylicious dance school is the funky creation of Kyla Smith, a trained ballet, jazz and hip hop superstar. Having travelled Australia with her cheeky classes, Kyla now resides in the boho village of Byron Bay, however now travels to run her adult dance classes on the Gold Coast too. These classes will see your confidence skyrocket as you relive the excellence of the 90s. Expect much more than a private wiggle to the TV in your lounge room, these classes are off the hook. Drawing inspiration from Queen Bey herself, The Pussycat Dolls, Missy Elliot and the krumping delights of Rihanna, get jiggy with 90s hip hop routines during group dance classes or organise a private dance party with That’s My Jam for your hen’s or special event.
Swing On In
Whipping out retro moves to classic tunes is what Swing On In is all about. Run by the smooth talking Swingabilly Ray and ever glamorous vintage stylist wife Chrissy, these adult dance classes on the Gold Coast are seriously something else. You’ll meet the coolest cats on the Coast at Tuesday night’s 6:30pm Swing Dance class hosted by Mermaid Bowls Club. “We’re just here to have fun,” says Ray, who’s had over 20 years of experience swing dancing and travelling the world with his eye-candy wife. “There’s no pretentiousness to swing dancing, just charm and charisma; the best part is you can add your own flavour and make the dance completely your own. There are no rules.” And if you reckon swing classes are only for the oldies, think again. Each class is scattered with innuendos verging on inappropriate, intermittent beer breaks and dance offs you’ve just gotta see first hand, all you’ll need is some slidey shoes and a cheeky grin. No partner needed and mention The Urban List for a first class discount.
Despite assumptions that ballet is just a matter of looking gorge in a leotard, Tutu Times proves this style of dance is so much more than that (and you don’t even need to squeeze into a leotard if it’s not your thing). This northern Gold Coast gem offers glorious ballet classes for all dance levels; from absolute beginners to professional pirouetters, Tutu Times displays a rare authentic offering of true ballet classes. Want to learn how to glide across a floor, improve your strength and fan your fingers with fairy-like finesse? Then checking out Tutu Times is a must. Get all types of flexible, strong, fit and fearless with regular classes at this Biggera Waters hot spot. And the rock hard core these classes will leave you with isn’t too dissatisfying either.
LRM Dance & Fitness
This Currumbin based studio is brand spanking new, which gives you even more reason to sashay on down. Specifically designed for adults, LRM Dance and Fitness offers a whole range of classes to suit different fitness levels, experience types and they even have a class specifically for yummy mummies. With group fitness classes similar to those you’d find in a gym, LRM goes one step further and incorporates mainstream moves you can whip out on the d-floor. Other classes cover jazz, ballet, contemporary, burlesque, cabaret and lyrical routines that change up weekly. These guys look like a whole lot of fun and focus on teaching the art of dance in all its glory. Their class for mummas that are looking to get back into dancing, feeling good and getting fit is totally unique and one to check out if you’ve got a bub.
Another adult dance class on the Gold Coast can be found with the saucy Mishel Finlayson’s Rio de Janeiro-inspired Brazilian Samba classes. Mishel’s love for Brazilian Samba began in 2003 and she made history as the first ever Samba Queen at Rio Carnival. If that doesn’t prove you’ll be moving with the best in the biz, we don’t know what does. Since then, Brisbane born Mishel has been perfecting the art of hip shaking goodness and sharing the love with her interesting selection of dance classes. Mishel will be starting a new 8-week course in October at Soul Studio Southport with a free trial class on Tuesday 26 September.
Burleigh & Broadwater
Jump on board the Barre bandwagon with Xtend Barre in Burleigh. This adult dance class on the Gold Coast has something for anyone looking to refine their physique with a fun alternative to pumping iron. So, if your six-pack comes from the Burleigh Hotel, perhaps mix things up and head to Xtend instead, what have you got to lose? A premier dance, ballet and Pilates workout which combines cardio, stretching and strength building to lengthen and chisel the body, is just what you may be after if your idea of a workout is having to get up to plug in the laptop charger during a Netflix and chill sesh. Live closer to the northern end? Xtend Barre has a studio in your hood too.
A’ght B boys and girls, this one goes out to all of the bedroom crumpers. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to bust a move, swivel around on your behind, land in a completely gangster pose and not look like a loser, Dance Skool is the answer to your freestylin’ prayers. Offering a range of hip hop, dancehall (Jamaican moves) Ragga Fit and break dancing classes (with one dedicated purely to house tunes for all of you dubsteppers), find the time to grind and get down with these hot as heck adult dance classes on the Gold Coast.
Here at The Urban List, we spend most of our days eating around town, it’s a tough gig, we know. So, hearing that jiggling is encouraged at Werk It really was the icing on the cake for us. Oh go on, one more slice, but then that’s it! With two types of booty burning classes on offer across the Gold Coast, sessions include whole body workouts mixed with twerking, weights and getting your stretch on all in the name of sculpting your peach. Knee pads are advised, so you know the classes are going to get serious. But to work off up to 800 calories in an hour by embracing your bootyliciousness? We say look out Beyonce.
The Studio Entertainment
If you love the ‘tappa tappa tappa’ episode of The Simpsons where Lisa kills it at tap dancing, then you’ll want to check out The Studio Entertainment. These guys have been around for over 25 years and offer dance classes for kids and us adults, too. Perfect your technique with a jazz class, get all Black Swan with ballet, try your rhythm with tap and have a go at themed lessons like ‘Twerk it like Miley’ and Open Heels sessions. Well, we’re intrigued!
Dancing for fun and for prizes? Yaaas! Hyfidelity Dance runs a series of adult dance classes on Wednesday nights as well as competition team classes on Thursdays. These guys take their dancing seriously, having won multiple competitions for all types of boogie styles including hip hop and even representing Australia at big name dance comps such as Dance Worlds. Welcoming beginners right up to advanced dancing queens and kings, Hyfidelity Dance totally know where it’s at.
Found your groove at the best adult dance classes on the Gold Coast. Well then, you deserve a diet-ditching dessert!
Image credit: Daniel Lidmila Photography