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Time Out's faithful reporter Annie Davis heads out on a seven-day dance-a-thon to discover beginner-level dance lessons both weird and wonderful

If your winter agenda in Melbourne extends to picking milky film out of your Milo and pondering which doona suit to get delivered, it's not easy finding the Kevin Bacon within yourself to go out and get footloose. But in this fair city, you don't have to stay out in the cold lining up before unforgiving club door bitches to get some D-floor action because there are dance classes running every day of the week.

Saturday – Pole Strength

Run by a fitness instructor, this is a class to rival any circuit training. If you want to build firepower in them guns, this class mashes slinky dance moves with push-ups, ab crunches and squats, set to thumping house and hip hop tunes. Brunswick.

Sunday – Blues

Yes, it’s partner dancing but you need not emotionally blackmail someone into accompanying you to class. Everybody gets into a big circle of leads and followers and you rotate partners as you learn new moves to add to your blues-dancing repertoire. Richmond.

Monday – Clogging

Those keen on channelling their inner hillbilly can seek out the wise tutelage of the Rainbow Cloggers gay and lesbian dance troupe. The classes are straight-friendly too, so have a hot-diggity time trying out this folk dancing from the Appalachian Mountains. Fitzroy.

Tuesday – 1980s choreography

If you’ve ever seen this bitching dance troupe in action and felt like it was time your g-string fluoro leotard came back out of the closet, then the Bitches’ open practice nights are your time to shine. Try out complex routines to ’80s pop and metal classics.

Wednesday – Go-go

Anna’s mission goes beyond teaching ’60s-style go-go dance moves to revive some of the greatest fad dances of all time from ‘The Twist’ to ‘Thriller’ and everything in between. Instead of PCB-free water bottles, people swig champers at the bar between songs. Carlton.

Thursday – Hula hoop

Any burlesque performer will tell you there are a million ways to titillate, and wiggling a hula hoop around your body is definitely one of them. Join this short course run by the House of Burlesque, or seek out instructor Miss Ellaneous for private classes. Fitzroy.

Friday – Pop & boogaloo

So you think you can robot dance? That's just of the tip of the popping iceberg, according to instructor Lenny a.k.a. Enigma. Popping, or boogaloo, is a dance style from California that grew out of the funk music scene as it embraced more electronic sounds. Melbourne.

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Updated on 24 Feb 2014.

By Annie Davis   |  
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