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The New Year begins here. Traditionally it’s a time to re-evaluate our lives, and make changes for the better, yes I am talking about New Year’s resolutions. The question is will our resolve hold firm past the last day of January and into February? Whether you want to learn a new skill, lose weight or get fit, or all three, please read on. Following close on the heels of another spectacular series of Strictly Come Dancing our New Year resolution is to dance our way to an improved level of fitness, while enjoying learning a new dance and meeting new people. At City Lit there are classes for allability levels and a choice of 18 different dancing genre, not all of them represented on Strictly, I might add.

Looking at the January beginners’ classes, time is of the essence after all, as nobody is going to start their new year’s resolutions in February. There are two stand-out classes for new dancing enthusiasts. The first is the Samba; a fun, therapeutic and energetic class where you can improve your sense of rhythm while getting an aerobic calorie burning workout. Work those hips baby! The second is the fast, energetic and totally fun Charleston. You can’t help but smile while learning the basic skills of this dance accompanied by music from the 20s and 30s. Not only is it a workout for your heart but also a great lesson in body co-ordination. Other beginner dance classes available in January include Belly Dancing, Tap, Street Jazz, Burlesque and Bollywood. The only question that remains is whether you are the next Danny Mac or Ed Balls… But whatever, as long as you get out there and give it some wellie (as Len would say).

The City Lit offers London’s biggest range of 5,000 daytime, evening or weekend short courses, winter walks and talks in Covent Garden. From dance to drama, journalism to jewellery, Russian to relaxation and much, much more - book your place today.

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