The Best NYC Dance Studios You Can Visit on ClassPass
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.
STREB @ S.L.A.M.
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.
Ballet Academy East
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.
Mark Morris Dance Center
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.
Joffrey Ballet School
If you're exclusively interested in taking ballet, you're in luck: Joffrey Ballet School has classes of various levels all day long.
If "Fosse/Verdon" whet your appetite for the impeccable Gwen Verdon, then Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is the three-course meal you've been craving. The new documentary—available now on Amazon for rental or purchase—dives into the life of the Tony-winning performer and silver-screen star lauded for her charismatic dancing.
Though she's perhaps most well-known today as Bob Fosse's wife and muse, that's not even half of her story. For starters, she'd already won four Tonys before they wed, making her far more famous in the public eye than he was at that point in his career. That's just one of many surprising details we learned during last night's U.S. premiere of Merely Marvelous. Believe us: You're gonna love her even more once you get to know her. Here are eight lesser-known tidbits to get you started.
Every dancer knows that how you fuel your body affects how you feel in the studio. Of course, while breakfast is no more magical than any other meal (despite the enduring myth that it's the most important one of the day), showing up to class hangry is a recipe for unproductive studio time.
So what do your favorite dancers eat in the morning to set themselves up for a busy rehearsal or performance day?
When it comes to dance in the U.S., companies in the South often find themselves overlooked—sometimes even by the presenters in their own backyard. That's where South Arts comes in. This year, the regional nonprofit launched Momentum, an initiative that will provide professional development, mentorship, touring grants and residencies to five Southern dance companies.
You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)
Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of: