The Best Online Dance Training Platforms You Can Try At Home
Whether you're learning a new style, warming up for a performance or just want to take class when you can't make it to the studio, online dance training platforms are an ever-growing option for dancers of all genres and skill levels. And though they should never replace your live training, they can be a convenient—and hopefully valuable—supplement. Here are the best options available today:
Cost: Starts at $100/month
Who it's for: Studio owners and dance teachers, to share with their students
What makes it unique: Big-name teachers, like "So You Think You Can Dance" favorites Nick Lazzarini, Allison Holker and tWitch, with classes in genres like contemporary, jazz and hip hop as well as choreography services
Cost: $29/month, or 3-, 6- and 12-month access packages for $80–$298
Who it's for: Students and teachers
What makes it unique: Classes include hip hop, ballet and Bollywood, plus an audition plan subscription for $9.50/month or $96/year.
Cost: Rent individual classes for a 48-hour period, starting at $3.99
Who it's for: Students, professionals and teachers
What makes it unique: Dancio is currently exclusively focused on ballet, with the chance to take class from stars like American Ballet Theatre's Carlos Lopez and New York City Ballet's Craig Hall and Lauren King.
Cost: À la carte dance courses and multipart modules range from $37–$147
Who it's for: Beginner to intermediate students
What makes it unique: A range of social dance styles, like ballroom, salsa and club dancing
Who it's for: Students, teachers and enthusiasts
What makes it unique: OPTAP is devoted specifically to tap dance.
Cost: $19.99/month or $199.99/year
Who it's for: Students and teachers
What makes it unique: Urban dance styles, like hip hop, whacking, house, popping and krump
- Dancio Lets You Take Class from Julie Kent...In Your Living Room ›
- Should You Be Taking Online Dance Classes? - Dance Magazine ›
Jennifer Kahn knew the theater industry could do better. As a professional stage manager for 17 years she worked on regional, off-Broadway and Broadway shows. Nearly each time a show closed, something unsettling happened: "I would watch them throw away our shows. All of the beautiful artwork by my friends in the paint shop would go in the trash." The elaborate backdrops? Gone.
But she had an idea: What if the material used in the backdrops and legs could be upcycled into something new? And what if theater lovers could literally keep a piece of a beloved show?
"The show must go on" may be a platitude we use to get through everything from costume malfunctions to stormy moods. But when it came to overcoming a literal hurricane, Houston Ballet was buoyed by this mantra to go from devastated to dancing in a matter of weeks—with the help of Harlequin Floors, Houston Ballet's longstanding partner who sprang into action to build new floors in record time.
For decades the name Alicia Alonso has been virtually synonymous with Ballet Nacional de Cuba, the company she co-founded in Havana in 1948. Alonso died on October 17, just shy of what would have been her 99th birthday. In recent years, she had stepped back from day-to-day decision-making in the company. As if preparing for the future, in January, the company's leading ballerina, 42-year-old Viengsay Valdés, was named deputy director, a job that seems to encompass most of the responsibilities of a traditional director. Now, presumably, she will step into her new role as director of the company. Her debut as curator of the repertory comes in November, when the troupe will perform three mixed bills selected by her at the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso. The following has been translated from a conversation conducted in Spanish, Valdés' native tongue.
New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns wasn't sure she was strong enough. A ballerina who has danced many demanding full-length and contemporary roles, she was about to push herself physically more than she thought was possible.
"I said, 'I can't. My body won't,' " she says. "He told me, 'Yes, it will.' "
She wasn't working with a ballet coach, but with personal trainer Joel Prouty, who was asking her to do squats with a heavier barbell than she'd ever used.