Let’s face it. We start dancing from we were young, even before we can even say our first word. We move our bodies to the music beats and enjoy every second of it. So, what made you stop dancing?

Lack of confidence because you see someone else who is more passionate and dedicated to dancing? Have you ever felt that you are far from good at dancing?

Did you have a bad experience with dancing? Some people got introduced to dancing the wrong way and it did affect them pretty badly.

Or you just don’t have the accessibility to the dance community or dance class near you? That happens a lot especially for those who live outside of the town. But, it doesn’t mean you should stop dancing.

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What are the top 5 dancing academies in Shah Alam?

Looking for the best dance class Shah Alam is not an easy task. But fret not. Here are the top 5 dancing schools that you can check out to start learning how to dance.

1. Dance Space

Dance Space has been an established ballet training centre for over 20 years now. If you are planning to learn Ballet, this is the place you need to check out. Starting with only one dance studio, now Dance Space has bloomed into four dancing schools across Klang Valley. You can find the academy’s branches at Setia Alam, Empire Klang, Bukit Tinggi and Empire Subang.

Whoever enrol on one of its schools will have a bright future ahead. The dance school has now incorporated with the Damansara Performing Arts Centre to search for diverse talents needed for the Dance Space’s in-house production. The programs at Dance Space provide en route for professional dance careers to the students.

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There are so many dance studios in Shah Alam that offer different genres of dance lessons. (Source: Unsplash)

2. Stepz House Of Dance

Previously known as Fonteyn Academy of Dancing, the dance school was established in 1995 with the idea to cater to a greater path for creative arts. Currently, Stepz has three branches within Shah Alam to cater for the demand for dance classes.

With the experience and specialization in different types of dancing genres, 12 instructors are dedicated to helping you to improve your dancing moves. Just choose whatever dance lessons that interest you the most and you will be sure to be in good hands. Stepz offers Ballet, Hip Hop, Latin, Modern Jazz, Belly Dance, New Jass, Line Dance and other fascinating dance and exercise mixes.

3. Lane’s Yoga & Dance Academy

Looking for a dance class in Kota Kemuning? You might want to check Lane’s Yoga & Dance Academy out. With great amenities and an aesthetics studio, you will be blown away by this dance academy. The monthly fee for the dance lessons is as low as RM100 per month. You will be required to attend 4 classes per month.

Lane’s Yoga & Dance Academy offers various dance classes that are suitable for all ages. It accepts students from 2 years old and above. You can choose a number of dance genres such as Dance Choreography, Street Jazz, Girl Style, Freestyle and Kpop. The academy also provides fitness activities like Pilates, Zumba, Yoga, Cardio Toning and Tabata.

4. Uncommon Dance Studio

With the academy’s mission to inspire, motivate and share its passion for street dance, you will not be let down with the quality of the dance lessons here. The studio offers a number of dance classes such as Street Dance, Kpop, Girl Style, Freestyle, Breaking, Popping and Choreography.

You will be learning with a line of incredible and talented instructors for every dance type that you choose. Check Uncommon Dance Studio’s Youtube Channel to see it for yourself. You will be amazed too! Apart from the Shah Alam branch, it also has another dance studio in Kuala Lumpur.

5. Romance Dance Studio

If you prefer something different, why not take a look at Latin Dance classes instead. Romance Dance Studio specialized in teaching adult and kids Latin dances such as Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Samba and Paso Doble.

Perhaps your ultimate goal in enrolling on these Latin dance classes is only for a hobby. But, do you know if you join the classes at Romance Dance Studio, you will be encouraged to join dance competitions as well? Whether you want to learn for leisure or competition, you will get the best training from Romance Dance Studio instructors.

Are Malaysian traditional dances fading?

If you notice, most of the modern dance studios offer contemporary and foreign dance programs. But, what about the Malaysian traditional dances? Do younger generations today lose their interest in the Malaysian traditional dances? What makes the younger generations drift further away from these dances?

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It is unfortunate to know that some parents don’t allow their children to learn traditional dances. Some of the parents forbid their children from getting into traditional dance because they think it doesn’t bring any bright future ahead.

This perception is not true. The government and traditional art community are currently working hard on bringing back the glory of traditional dances. Therefore, there are many programs and budgets allocated for these projects. Look around for the traditional dance courses in Petaling Jaya to learn about these dances.

Religious Conflicts In The Community

The fact that some of the Malay traditional dances come from religious influences like the Hindu, Pattani and animism during the pre-Islamization era, triggers conflicts between the traditional dance practitioners, the community and the government.

Mak Yong for example is a traditional dance from Kelantan that has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ in 2005.

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Malay traditional dance Mak Yong used to be banned in Kelantan due to religious reason. (Source: FreeMalaysiaToday)

But did you know, it was previously banned in its home state for two decades due to religious reasons? Currently, the ban on Mak Yong is lifted and it can be finally performed in public with strict Syariah-compliance requirements and guidelines.

These days, traditional dances in Malaysia are no longer used for religious rituals and ceremonies. So if you are interested in learning traditional Chinese dances like the Lion Dance or the Dragons dance, you may find a lot of those dance lessons in George Town.

What kind of efforts has been made to dignify Malaysian traditional dance?

The government and performance art communities in Malaysia have been collaborating to bring Malaysia traditional dances back to where they belong - in the community. They even plan to showcase our unique dances to the world.

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC)

Kementerian Pelancongan, Seni dan Budaya or The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) is currently striving to propose another traditional dance, Mek Mulung, to be recognized by UNESCO as well.

Perbadanan Adat Melayu Dan Warisan Negeri Selangor

Perbadanan Adat Melayu Dan Warisan Negeri Selangor or PADAT provides research that focuses on visual arts. This includes traditional Selangor cuisine, clothing, martial arts as well as dance. This effort is done to ensure that the culture will not be forgotten.

Kampung Budaya (Cultural Village)

The government has come up with the idea to develop Kampung Budaya where all the cultural heritage will be preserved. Each state in Malaysia has at least one Kampung Budaya. And each of the Kampung Budaya is different from one another due to the difference of the community.

Kampung Budaya in Malaysia is also dubbed as a ‘living museum’ because the village showcases the traditional lifestyles of each community. Among the cultural things on display are food, games, musical instruments and dance performances.

Entertainment Industry

Entertainment industries in Malaysia also got involved in making traditional dances alive again. Dance reality television shows such as Mari Menari and Sehati Berdansa just to name a few, help to spread awareness about the dance genres in Malaysia. It also aims to attract Malaysians of all ages to appreciate our traditional dances even more.

You may want to check out dance classes in Seberang Perai to learn Indian traditional dances like Bharatanatyam and Odissi.

Where to learn traditional dance?

You can sign up for traditional dance classes that are conducted by the organizations we have mentioned above. However, if the program is unavailable or you are living out of town where you can’t find any dance classes, you can always learn dancing from a private tutor online.

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Learn dancing online save you more money compared to attending physical dance classes. (Source: Unsplash)

Where can you find local dance instructors online?

Superprof, of course. Superprof is an online tutoring platform where you can search for tutors for any subject. You can choose to have your lessons online. Having online learning lessons is more beneficial than attending physical classes.

One of the benefits is cost-effective. With learning online, your tutor can eliminate the expenses points of premise rent, utility costs and course materials printing. Hence, your tutor can reduce the fee of his or her lessons. The average of dance lessons on Superprof is RM30.

On the other hand, you can save up money by not having to spend on transportation and probably meals. It is a win-win situation for both of you and your tutor.

So, go ahead and look for your traditional dance teachers in Ipoh if you prefer. There are no restrictions in choosing your dance instructors with Superprof.

 

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