Training

The Best Online Dance Training Platforms You Can Try At Home

Tiler Peck teaching a CLI class. Photo by Quinn Wharton, courtesy CLI

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:


CLI Studios

clistudios.com

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

DancePlug

danceplug.com

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.

Dancio

dancio.com

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.

Learntodance.com

learntodance.com

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

Operation: Tap

operationtap.com

Cost: $15–$40/month

Who it's for: Students, teachers and enthusiasts

What makes it unique: OPTAP is devoted specifically to tap dance.

STEEZY

steezy.co

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

The Creative Process
Rehearsal of Yvonne Rainer's Parts of Some Sextets. Photo by Paula Court, Courtesy Performa.

Yvonne Rainer's Parts of Some Sextets (AKA "the mattress dance") hasn't been revived since it premiered in 1965. Nor has Rainer had any wish to do it again, to ask performers to heave 10 mattresses around while carrying out 31 tasks that changed every 30 seconds. It was an unwieldy, difficult dance. (Even the title is unwieldy.) But Emily Coates, who has danced in Rainer's work for 20 years, became curious about this piece and was determined to see it again—and to dance in it. She will get her wish November 15–17, when the mattress dance will be performed as part of the Performa 19 Biennial.

Keep reading... Show less
Sponsored by NYCDA
Ailey II artistic director Troy Powell teaching an Ailey Workshop at NYCDA. Courtesy NYCDA

Back in 2011 when Joe Lanteri first approached Katie Langan, chair of Marymount Manhattan College's dance department, about getting involved with New York City Dance Alliance, she was skeptical about the convention/competition world.

"But I was pleasantly surprised by the enormity of talent that was there," she says. "His goal was to start scholarship opportunities, and I said okay, I'm in."

Today, it's fair to say that Lanteri has far surpassed his goal of creating scholarship opportunities. But NYCDA has done so much more, bridging the gap between the convention world and the professional world by forging a wealth of partnerships with dance institutions from Marymount to The Ailey School to Complexions Contemporary Ballet and many more. There's a reason these companies and schools—some of whom otherwise may not see themselves as aligned with the convention/competition world—keep deepening their relationships with NYCDA.

Now, college scholarships are just one of many ways NYCDA has gone beyond the typical weekend-long convention experience and created life-changing opportunities for students. We rounded up some of the most notable ones:

Keep reading... Show less
Health & Body
Getty Images

Nadine Kaslow, a psychologist who works with dancers at Atlanta Ballet, offers tips for creating a more body-positive studio experience:

Keep reading... Show less
Sponsored by Harlequin Floors
Left: Hurricane Harvey damage in Houston Ballet's Dance Lab; Courtesy Harlequin. Right: The Dance Lab pre-Harvey; Nic Lehoux, Courtesy Houston Ballet.

"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.

Keep reading... Show less

mailbox

Get Dance Magazine in your inbox