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
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