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 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.

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 $8.25/month for an annual membership.

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.

Gaga NYC online

Gaga offers live Gaga classes every day. A drop-in is $9 and a month of unlimited classes is $68.

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®

The Dancer's Workout® taught by UNCSA ballet alum Jules Szabo offers fitness classes that 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 cardio dance classes. Available on demand or live on Zoom.

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.

Broadway Dance Center

The legendary NYC institution offers livestreams in a variety of styles, led by its A-list faculty, for $15 each or $70 for a 5-class package.

Training Pointe

This new online training platform offers ballet classes that promise more personalized attention, including one-on-one sessions. (If you're an instructor, you can also sign up to teach.) From $20/class.

Just For Kix Digital Dance

On Just For Kix' new video platform, dance and fitness classes are streamed live, then archived on the site so you can watch them any time. All of the content is available for $6.99/month.

Supersteps Academy

If you're looking for workshops for popping, locking, wacking or hip hop, Supersteps Academy offers live classes and access to replays. You can also sign up for one-on-one mentoring with an instructor. Unlimited access is 12 British pounds (around $14.75)/month, or you can pay as you go for individual live sessions.

Steps on Broadway

Virtual Steps offers a full weekly schedule of classes taught by faculty members from New York City's Steps on Broadway. $17/class.

The Bollywood Co

The Bollywood Co offers weekly Bollywood and Bhangra classes, as well as more intensive online workshops. An unlimited monthly pass is 50 pounds, or you can purchase an individual class starting at 6 pounds.

MYSENSEI

Dancewear brand Zarély has launched MYSENSEI to provide one-on-one training and mentoring with a variety of current and former professional ballet dancers, like Jurgita Dronina, Pascal Molat and Sona Kharatian. Classes range from $60 to $150 per class, depending on the teacher.

Dance Break

Dance Break allows you to sign up for Zoom classes or book one-on-one sessions with professional dancers in the concert and commercial worlds. In addition to lessons in various dance genres, you can also take Pilates or stretch sessions. Classes start at $25.

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Ah, audition day. The flurry of new choreography, the long lines of dancers, the wait for callbacks. It's an environment dancers know well, but it can also come with great stress. Learning how to be best prepared for the big day is often the key to staying calm and performing to your fullest potential (and then some).

This concept is the throughline of the curriculum at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where dance students spend all four years honing their audition skills.

"You're always auditioning," says Santana Trujillo, AMDA's dance outreach manager and a graduate of its BFA program. On campus in Los Angeles and New York City, students have access to dozens of audition opportunities every semester.

For advice on how dancers can put their best foot forward at professional auditions, Dance Magazine recently spoke with Trujillo, as well as AMDA faculty members Michelle Elkin and Genevieve Carson. Catch the whole conversation below, and read on for highlights.

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