Since Dancing With the Stars first shone a glamorous spotlight on ballroom and Latin style dancing again, it seems like everyone is taking dance lessons in Los Angeles. Maybe you're a beginner, but you were so inspired by So You Think You Can Dance, that you'd like to take your steps further. Even if you're heading down the track towards being a professional dancer, one or more of these studios is sure to have a class or classes that will get you into your groove.
This Beverly Center adjacent studio has been teaching adults in LA to dance for over 20 years. Everything from swing dancing and the Lindy hop, to Argentine tango, salsa and ballroom dancing is available via classes and private lessons. Check their site for special dance events in the evening.
8558 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(between Sherbourne and Holt)
This dance studio is relatively new compared to all the veteran spots in this industry town. Its classes include salsa, ballet, jazz, modern dance, hip-hop, swing dancing, belly dancing and Bollywood style dancing. IDA boasts celebrity visitors and clientele such as Britney Spears and The Pussycat Dolls, and shows like Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.
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6755 Hollywood Blvd., Second Floor
Hollywood, CA 90028
(between Highland and McCadden)
If your kid has the moves, you'll want to send him/her to the Pacific Academy of Dance where classes in tap and ballet are offered to children from 2.5 years through their teens. Small kids can learn coordination and movement through story dancing and the use of songs and props. They also offer teen and adult hip-hop jazz and tap if you're looking for a fun activity to do solo or with your teenager.
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1100 S. Beverly Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Since 1983, when it was started by sisters Erin and Tami Stevens as a way to enable social dancing, the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association has been offering classes in dance genres like the jitterbug, the West Coast swing and ballroom dancing. Most run about six weeks and are held at either Throop Hall or The Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Saturdays, the organization hosts swing dance nights featuring local swing bands.
300 S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(between E. Del Mar and Cordova)
The Pasadena Museum of California Art
480 E. Union St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(between Oakland and N. Los Robles)
The Salsa Box Studios emphasize intimacy and smaller classes in everything from samba and Argentine tango to bachata and belly dancing. They also offer private instruction in salsa dancing as well. Depending on how intense you want to get, you can even take their Salsa Boot Camp--four full hours of dance instruction. Want to really get a workout? Try their cardio salsa class.
At Bodeguita de Pico
5047 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(between S. Sycamore and S. Orange)
This is the place to go if you want to learn Bollywood dance. That could be you in that colorful chorus line of Bombay beauties and gents. This Silver Lake studio also teaches modern dance, hip-hop and even the Brazilian dance/fight sport of Capoeira.
2306 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Like the name implies, these folks are great for beginners with big dreams of the dance. They host dance classes in styles like bolero, American tango, rumba, swing hustle, salsa, night club disco, Lindy hop and 2-step dancing. Locations are varied, spanning from Redondo Beach to W. LA. Their six-week courses usually include 18 hours of practice lessons for free.
If you're considering going pro, the folks at Millennium can help you. Started by a pair of dancers--George Moro and Ruth Landis--who met during the Vaudeville era, they offer classes and workshops for adults and children in hip-hop, ballet and jazz dance, taught by working performers and choreographers.
5113 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(between Hartsook and Otsego)