A class with Allison Holker for CLI Studios

Quinn Wharton, Courtesy CLI Studios

No Class Because of Coronavirus? Here's Where You Can Train Online

Just because "social distancing" means your classes got canceled, your training doesn't need to stop. Some studios are livestreaming their classes to students. Some dancers are giving themselves kitchen-counter barre. But there are also several online classes that can keep your technique sharp from home. Check out these seven options:


STEEZY

STEEZY focuses on various urban dance styles like house, dancehall, krump, breaking, whacking and heels. The interface allows you to view the instructor from multiple angles, slow down the speed, loop a particular step or watch yourself dancing on the screen right alongside the instructor so you can compare your technique. After a seven-day, free trial, plans are offered on a monthly or annual basis. $19.99/month or $99.99/year.

Operation: Tap

Tap stars Anthony Morigerato, Ayodele Casel and Mike Minery founded Operation: Tap to offer online classes for beginners through advanced professional tap dancers. A subscription comes with fun bonuses, like technique challenges every Tuesday and videos of original tap productions—along with behind-the-scenes footage. $15–$40/month.

Of course, you'll also want to make sure you've got a solid tap floor at home before ripping up your hardwood. Check out these options from Stagestep and Harlequin.

Veyette Virtual Ballet School

For interactive personal ballet coaching, check out Veyette Virtual Ballet School. It was recently launched by Miami City Ballet principal soloist Lauren Fadeley and her husband, former Pennsylvania Ballet principal Francis Veyette. Their one-on-one lessons via Skype focus on proper technique and a healthy mindset. Veyette and Fadeley also offer small group lessons for studios and competition coaching, plus mentoring sessions for both students and parents. Private lessons are $100/hour.

Dancio

Dancio, a ballet-focused online training platform that also offers contemporary and modern classes, is offering academic institutions a free, two-week subscription right now. Or you can rent individual classes for a 48-hour period, for $4.99. Teachers include everyone from ballet stars, like Julie Kent and Wendy Whelan, to Martha Graham's Blakely White-McGuire and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Khalia Campbell.

Founder Caitlin Trainer asks those interested in accessing the free, two-week trial to email dancioinsider@gmail.com. To arrange longer-term group subscriptions, email mydancio@gmail.com.

CLI Studios

CLI Studios partners directly with dance studios to offer live or prerecorded master classes as well as continuing education for faculty members and competition choreography. The program was co-founded by a group of commercial stars including tWitch, Allison Holker and Teddy Forance, and the roster of faculty members reads like a Who's Who of the industry. There are currently more than 150 hours of training available online. Starts at $100/month, however CLI just announced it will be live streaming some classes for free. The series begins at 3 pm Pacific/6 pm Eastern on March 16.

Learntodance.com

If you want to try a new style while stuck at home, Learntodance.com offers free online step-by-step tutorials in everything from tango to Irish step dancing. Or you can purchase a full course with a premium subscription for more advanced instruction, from $37–$147.

DancePlug

Learn new choreography with easy-to-follow tutorials on DancePlug. There are combinations and technique exercises in classic styles like theater dance, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and jazz. The site also offers strength and conditioning workouts. Plans start at $29/month.

1on1 Ballet

Famed National Ballet of Canada star Svetlana Lunkina is behind the app 1on1 Ballet. AI technology records your movement—such as the position of your body in space, speed, angles, angular velocity—and compares it to a professional ballet dancer executing the same exercises, to help you analyze and correct your work. The app currently offers 59 different exercises. It's available on Google Play and the Apple Store, with in-app purchases.

YouDance

YouDance offers more than 1,000 videos on demand, with exercises for styles from ballet to hip hop, and even clogging. The platform gears its recommendations to both your level and goals. After a seven-day free trial, it's $15/month.

Gaga NYC online

Gaga NYC is offering three live Gaga classes every day, open to anyone, from anywhere in the world, via Zoom. A $5 donation is suggested—it goes directly to the teachers.

Take class from ballet stars

Many ballet dancers are hosting their own classes through platforms like Instagram and Facebook live.

Navatman Spring Reality: Virtual Mini Riyaaz (Practice) Camp

For a deep dive into classical Indian dance forms like Kathak and Bharatanatyam, Navatman is hosting a week-long online intensive this week. Anyone interested is invited to join for the whole thing, or to drop in for just a single class via Zoom.

My Online Dance Teacher

Studio owners can sign up to send free videos to their students through My Online Dance Teacher. New content is added every week.

The Dancer's Workout®

For the next few weeks, The Dancer's Workout® is offering a free one-hour online class at 11:45 am Eastern every day. Taught by UNCSA ballet alum Jules Szabo, the fitness classes combine ballet, jazz, contemporary dance and toning exercises for a conditioning workout. Registration is required.

The Ballet Spot

New York City and Los Angeles fitness studio The Ballet Spot hires professional dancers to teach all of its classes. Right now, the studio is streaming all of its dance-based cardio workout classes for $5.

TMilly TV

Tim Milgram is one of the commercial dance world's best-known video directors, so the online classes available on his website, TMilly TV, feature high-quality visuals. They're also led by some of the industry's big names, like Brian Friedman and Julian DeGuzman. Plans are $9.99/month, $49.99/six months or $89.99/year. Use the code "dancemag" to get 50 percent off your first two months.

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