The Gay Men’s Dance Company (GMDC) was founded in September 2015 by Alex Scurr a London based dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. The GMDC offers a creative outlet; a place to express yourself in a safe and supportive environment while keeping fit, socialising and enjoying your chosen hobby.
About the Classes
We initially started with just Dance classes, we now also run Drama & Choir lessons, London’s premier male only Pole Dancing lessons, Yoga & Martial Arts, we’ve expanded out to Brighton and we have also opened up all-gender classes. We are constantly expanding and evolving.
You require no previous knowledge or experience to join up, however if you do have previous experience then we do have classes that will challenge you.
With most subjects you sign up for a term/block of classes, this ensures continuity and progression.
All of our classes have a friendly, welcoming, open atmosphere where we encourage members to relax, be themselves, try new things, meet new people and have fun.
“When I first heard about the GMDC, I was immediately excited at the idea. I thought it would be an excellent way to socialise and have a good time while exercising and keeping fit. However, I put off joining the classes for some time as I dreaded making a complete fool of myself in front of strangers! I was still very nervous when I stepped into my first class, I was surprised at how relaxed and friendly the atmosphere was. The class was interactive, fun and probably the best cardio session I have ever had in my life! It was refreshing to see such a diverse group of people coming together to share an exciting new experience”.
Alfredo Scognamiglio, 28, Clapham Beginner
Being Part of The GMDC
The GMDC is so much more than just classes, we have an incredibly active social community, we organise end of term parties, numerous theatre trips, we have monthly Brunch, Dinner & Cinema clubs as well as many other events. We have private Facebook groups giving you access to a large network of members from all walks of life who share similar interests. We also have a long list of Membership Benefits including discount services and VIP tickets.
We’re getting more involved with the community and charities, we have our own Foundation. We have many performance opportunities too; dancing at Pride events, our own large scale productions shows and various charity events. As we grow, so does this side of the company.
How It Works
You book and pay for a term of classes, term lengths can differ. The continuity of coming regularly ensures progression and helps you to gain confidence not just within the class but with your fellow members.
Our first few weeks we allow new members to do taster classes giving you a chance to meet the teachers, current and potential new members and get a feel for the class and what The GMDC is all about. Check the Calendar to see when our next term begins. After your taster/s just let us know which class/es you wish to join. New terms usually begin January, April, June & September.
“When i joined the GMDC i knew about 2 people, couldn’t touch my toes and had never danced on stage in my life. Not even a year down the line and I have made dozens of new friends, I can touch my toes, have got fitter and I have performed in front of thousands of people at London Pride. I don’t think any organisation I have ever been apart of has had as much of a positive impact on my life as this one.” Graham Wilkins, 29, Huskys Intermediate