Looking to swap your textbooks for tango, or lectures for the Lindy Hop? You’re in luck! Bristol is buzzing with dance classes that are perfect for university students to try something new, get to know other people or just have a nice little break from studying. There’s all sorts of classes to try too, so you can choose from dancing with a partner or on your own. From hip-hop beats to elegant ballet, and everything in between, let’s explore the best spots in the city where you can dance your heart out.

10 dances classes in Bristol

There are lots of places where you can try out different types of dance in Bristol. The city is home to lots of cool venues like The Old Market Assembly where you can salsa, or embracing the elegance of ballet at Hamilton House. For those who love a bit of everything, The Dance Space at The Island is your go-to for a mix of contemporary and experimental styles. And if Latin rhythms call your name, Salsa Souls at Bierkeller will have you moving to vibrant salsa beats, while The Bristol Swing Riot at The SouthBank Club offers a lively swing dance experience. There really is a lot of choice when it comes to dance classes in Bristol. But here’s our pick of the 10 best!

1. Salsify

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If you want to give dance classes a try, Salsify at Bristol’s Salsa Academy will get you off to a flying start. Based in the Southbank Club in Bedminster and The Hideout in St Jude’s they offer different levels of classes to suit your ability. Come along to a class on Monday or Sunday evenings and get ready to dance your socks off! You can even sign up for a social dancing class to get to know more people in a warm, uplifting atmosphere. Make sure to book a place on their website and see what timings suit you! 

2. University of Bristol Salsa Society

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For fun, social dance classes that won’t break the bank look no further than UOB’s very own salsa society. With Salsa classes on Wednesdays and Bachata classes on Thursdays the society provides a great way to meet new people and learn something new. It’s never too late to join! Half-year memberships can be purchased for only £10 on the SU website. Members pay £3 per class (although regular pricing is only £4.50) and get discounts on shoes, dancewear and event tickets. They also run a Salsa Family scheme where you can meet and support other society members. They offer unmissable events such as the Bristol Salsa Ball as well as fortnightly socials where you can dip into Flamenco, Samba and the Cha Cha. You’ll always be kept on your toes (ha!) and learning something new. 

3. Bristol Dance Experience 

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Teaching Ballroom and Latin since 1991, Bristol Dance Experience is one of the best local places for dance classes. There’s no need to book and you can pay as you go. Even better, no previous experience is necessary and they recommend wearing whatever’s comfortable! You can turn up on the day as a couple or on your own. All classes are only £8. You’ll get the chance to meet like-minded people and make lasting memories. Make sure to bring along cash or a cheque as they do not accept contactless payment. If you’re an experienced dancer, contact them on their website to find the best-fitting dance class. You can also subscribe to their mailing list online to see when to start classes. 

4. Strictly Pink at Dance Factory  

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Strictly Pink is an exciting programme of dance classes designed for Bristol’s LGBTQ+ community. Incorporated in strictly classes held on Sundays and Tuesdays, the hour-long classes cover ballroom, Latin and salsa. Followed (of course) by a social! Classes take place in Henleaze at 8pm and Horfield at 6:30 pm . To find out more about this Bristol dance class contact Dance Factory on their website. 

5. UWE Bollywood Dance Society 

Calling all UWE students! This society is perfect for those looking to revisit old memories or try something new. They offer regular dance classes and workshops in Bristol. You’ll get the chance to hone your skills in Bollywood dancing, as well as explore some of the styles that influenced it, such as Bhangra and Kathak. If that’s not exciting enough, special workshops are also held to celebrate festivals such as Diwali. What are you waiting for? Sign up to this dance class and become part of an amazing Bristol community.  Standard membership is only £1.50 and can be purchased online via the UWE SU website.  

6. University of Bristol Bollywood Dance Society 

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For UOB students looking for something a bit closer to home, why not join Bristol’s Bollywood dance classes? Lessons are on Thursday from 6-8 pm costing £2 for non-members. For £10 a year, membership is also well worth buying! Between Bollywood movie nights and dance showcases there’s really a wealth of opportunities to make the most of. Additionally, they also audition to compete in the national competition Just Bollywood – could that be your next destination? 

7. University of Bristol Dance Society 

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Want to start dance classes but can’t pick a style? Worry not, UOB’S dance society is the place for you! With professionally taught dance classes in over 10 styles, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Jazz, contemporary, tap and lyrical are only some of the classes they offer. ‘I used to do ballet but stopped, so it’s a nice way to pick it up again’, reported a member. ‘For ballet, you spend half the class doing bar work and the other half on centre work. They’re a lot of fun, you get to meet new people and be in a show!’ Take a look at their website to discover membership deals and class timetables. 

8. AE Dance + Fitness

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If you’re into the fitness side of dancing, try out AE’s dance classes in Bristol. Offering burlesque, musical theatre and commercial classes (among others) they’re a great way to prioritise fitness whilst having fun. Book a place in their ballet-inspired fitness class which combines barre, pilates and HIIT training for a full-body workout. All in an upbeat and energising environment. Even better, one of their venues is Bristol Grammar School, a stone’s throw away from the UOB main campus. It’s perfect for a post-lecture workout to round off your day. With 3 dance classes for £15 for first-time bookers, what are you waiting for? 

9. 3rd Stage

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Running ballet and contemporary dance classes across Bristol, 3rd Stage Dance Company is a great place for beginners and intermediates alike. They teach ballet and contemporary classes every week and foster a welcoming and social atmosphere. Their classes are drop-in so there’s no need to worry about booking in advance. Classes are typically held in Cotham Parish Church, The Island and The Southbank so are super easy to get to. Luckily, they have a mix of afternoon and evening classes to suit everyone’s schedules! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information about dates and timings.

10. Bristol Swing Riot 

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Transport yourself to 1920s America with Bristol Swing Riot’s vintage dance classes. Joining workshops in jazz, lindy hop and the Charleston, you’ll be swept away by the infectious rhythm of swing music. They offer weekly drop-in sessions where you can come by anytime. Classes are mainly held in Southville and Easton. For £10 a class (and £8 concessions) you’ll have unforgettable experiences in a welcoming atmosphere. Their intensive lindy-hop beginners’ courses run over 8 hours on the weekend (4 hours a day). During these classes you’ll learn some of the basic foundations before progressing to their weekly Level 1 classes in Easton. Regardless of your starting level, you’ll be sure to have a great time and learn more about swing’s cultural history.

These are only some of the many dance classes available in Bristol. A vibrant and bustling cultural hub, Bristol’s a city full of opportunity and exciting new things to do! So what are you waiting for? Put on your pointe shoes and get dancing! If you’re still looking to try something new, take a look at our list of the best student societies to join in Bristol.