Whether you are ready to learn the latest new steps or simply have an appreciation for the art of movement, the following represent some of the best dance studios in D.C.
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Dance Institute of Washington was awarded with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2011. Founded by Fabian Barnes, the institute provides a variety of educational opportunities in dance for children and youth. In addition to providing studio opportunities, two resident companies call the Dance Institute of Washington home.
City Dance Center has earned a reputation for providing exceptional arts programming in dance for underserved youth. “Dream” is one of City Dance‘s most popular programs that connect the community with training, education and performance opportunities. Many of these classes are taught by accomplished artists.
Hours: Mon & Wed: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Tues-Fri: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Prices: Annual registration fee of $15, Classes from $17 up
Are you looking to get a leg up on all the hottest dance moves? DC Dance Collective offers a variety of classes that focus on today’s newest dances and well as traditional favorites such as bachata, hip-hop, popping, locking, merengue, breakdance and more. The school’s mission is to open up the art of dance to people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.
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Founded in 1976, Joy of Motion Dance Center had been praised in the media for its broad reach of dance opportunities for the community. Among the offerings are classes, workshops and concerts. Joy of Motion Dance Center also enjoys the presence of two resident companies: the Jack Guidone Theatre and the Youth Dance Ensemble Program.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Originally founded in 1978 as a touring company, today Dance Place devotes its programs to the nurturing of young artists and dance education. Currently, the campus provides training on three different campuses. A variety of classes, performances and educational opportunities make Dance Place a strong force in the dance community.
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Patrick D. McCoy lives in Washington, D. C. where he is active as a performing arts journalist, educator, church music director and radio show host. His work can be found here.