There’s nothing quite like the big apple! The dance scene in New York City is like no other. You have everything from Broadway and ABT to the Radio City Rockettes. Besides shows, there is a special sacred training ground where the top talent in the city comes to groove — the dance studio. In this post, we’re talking all about the art of taking dance class in New York City!
Each dance complex has it’s own culture, feel and environment that makes it iconic. Located throughout the boroughs, the main dance hubs include:
- Broadway Dance Center
- Steps on Broadway
- Peridance Capezio Center
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
- City Dance
- Mark Morris Dance Group
*JJTip! The classes at these studios are typically drop-in, so you can just show up and sign up for class the day of. On very rare occasions, classes sell out. Be sure to get in early if it’s a *hot* choreographer like Al Blackstone!
If it’s your first time taking class in NYC, have no fear. While it can be terribly intimidating to step into a new environment with some incredible talent, class is about taking the time to learn. Here are some tips to make your first class in the city an enjoyable experience:
- Place your bag along the wall in the studio. When you come into class, you want to make sure you don’t leave your things in the hallways. It is proper etiquette to bring these items into class and have them tucked along the wall.
- If it’s your first time taking a teacher, stand in the back for warm-up. Most teachers have their own choreographed warm-ups that the students already know. Aim for second to mid-row so you can follow along.
- Watch your body language. Be mindful of crossing your arms, yawning or eye rolling when you’re in class.
- If you have a question, ask at the appropriate time. Because class can be intimidating, know you deserve to be there and learn along the way. If the teacher asks for questions and you’re stressing about a correction or combo, don’t be afraid to speak up.
- Don’t mark on the sides + stay present. When you split into groups, take the time to watch and absorb the talent in the room.
- Thank your teacher. Always remember to show the teacher some love on the way out — it’s common courtesy, after all!