The Best NYC Dance Studios You Can Visit on ClassPass
The Ailey Extension
New Yorkers use ClassPass to jump around between the trendiest (and often, most expensive) boutique fitness studios. But it's a little-known secret that some of the city's best dance studios are available through the monthly service, too. Plans range from $45-$135 a month, and allow you to take up to three classes a month at a given studio.
Steps on Broadway
Steps is the professional dancer's go-to studio, offering a wide range of classes and levels. Odds are there will be a dancer or two you recognize in class. (Ahem, Misty Copeland.)
Broadway Bodies is the place to go if you're dying to learn the choreo to that music video you just fell in love with, or to your favorite song from Hamilton. Though classes are aimed at the beginner, they're high-energy enough that dancers can get a decent cardio workout. Expect lots of positive reenforcement and "yass"-ing.
The Ailey Extension (yup, home to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) probably has the widest variety of dance classes we've ever seen in one place. You can take salsa, hip hop, zumba, Pilates, yoga, theatre dance, ballet, samba, West African, contemporary, Bhangra, barre, jazz, house dance, tap, and—believe it or not—more.
Brooklyn-based STREB doesn't have what you'd consider traditional dance classes. But if bouncing on a trampoline, swinging from a trapeze or learning Parkour have always been on your bucket list, this is the place to go.
Will you end up standing next to some ridiculously talented children? Probs. Will it still be an enjoyable ballet class? Absolutely! Ballet Academy East also offers tap, modern, yoga, zumba, Pilates and barre classes to ClassPassers.
MMDC is known for it's modern-for-professional-modern-dancers classes, and they live up to the hype. But don't discount their other offerings—the Brooklyn studio also has some of the best ballet classes in the city.
Aerial Arts NYC
If you dream of adding Cirque du Soleil to your resume, this might be the place to start. We know you've always wanted to show off your dancer-flexibility on some silks—or just refine a more specific skill set with classes focused on handstands or contortion.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.