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4 Dance Schools NYC is Talking About - CourseHorse

By Jenny Tobin | Published 7/4/2012

Shake your hips with the best dance schools New York has to offer. With an abundance of classes to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for what you’re looking for.

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Dance is one of the most natural forms of art and creative expression; it’s no wonder why it has remained so popular throughout human existence. Dating back to 9,000 years ago, Egyptians would utilize the smooth, rhythmic motions of their bodies to tell stories and communicate amongst each other. Today, not much has changed - dance is still frequently used as a form of emotional expression (yep, even twerking!). The city of New York is no stranger to dance and the pleasure it brings to its people, which is why we’ve created this list of the best dance schools the city has to offer. Whether you’re looking to step into Swing, nail your Salsa footwork or get down with some Hip-Hop, these are the schools that are worth checking out.


Anna Griffin Dance

Hell's Kitchen

Anna Griffin Dance specializes in ballet and a fitness dance technique called Floor-Barre. In these classes, students focus on optimizing their strength, flexibility and mobility in a comfortable, non-judgmental environment. The Ballet classes recommend some experience (though not necessary) but Floor-Barre is catered to any level. Studio instructor, Anna Griffin, has been teaching dance and movement techniques for over 15 years and has worked with several well-known pioneers in the industry. She emphasizes on positivity and caters to the needs of each of her students with the goal of helping them fulfill their dance and fitness dreams. If you’re interested in toning-up or improving your ballet skills in a judgement free zone, this is definitely the place for you.

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92nd Street Y

Upper East Side

If you’re looking to browse an extensive catalog of dance classes, 92nd Street Y is the place to do so. As the previous home to multiple dance legends, the school offers a large variety of dance classes such as ballet, tap, jazz and hula, to name a few. The school hosts classes for students of all ages at all levels of experience, making it a one stop shop for anyone that is interested in getting their groove on. At 92nd Street Y, students become a part of a culturally diverse community where inspiration and encouragement is unlimited.

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NYC Bhangra

NYC Bhangra - Midtown

Located in Midtown, NYC Bhangra is a great place to go break a sweat or learn a new type of dance. You may be asking yourself, “what the heck is Bhangra?” (we’ve all been there). This energetic form of dance originated in India and became a traditional dance to celebrate the coming of the harvest. It is typically performed to folk music and its movements require full body engagement. The school offers multiple classes that are focused on either fitness or technique. Fitness Bhangra classes are centered around exercising and less about perfecting the steps, while technique-focused classes are geared more towards learning the proper dance moves. Similarly, each class is sure to be a fun, social experience that you won’t forget.

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Union Square

I think we can all agree that dance and fitness go hand-in-hand, and BollyX is the perfect example of why. The classes taught at BollyX combine a multitude of movements from high to low intensity and are designed for all levels of fitness. Popular music from around the world is played during the 50-minute class period while certified fitness professionals lead their group through different sequences of choreography. If you’re ready to get hyped up, sweat, and pick up some new moves, we highly recommend taking a class at this studio.

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