by Kendra Ralston
We have been teaching Salsa in NYC (and across the globe) for almost 10 years and are happy to have partnered with two formidable dance companies in New York City. The first, Peridance Capezio Center, is open to all styles and levels that teaches in a nurturing and encouraging environment. The second, The Ailey Extension, part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, boasts “real classes for real people”, and shares African-American cultural expression, modern dance and SALSA with the world. We are proud to call both home and to also highlight their spots on TimeOut NY’s list of best dance studios.
Now that we’ve discovered some of the best dance studios in New York City, what are the best dance classes you should be taking (besides ours, obviously)?
Finding different dance classes can feel intimidating in one of the best dance capitals of the world, but these studios offer a range of classes that are approachable, intense, and fun. While you’ll find professional dancers scurrying from class to rehearsal, you can also find business professionals, students, and people just looking to enjoy and learn dance. From hip hop to contemporary, heels to ballet, here are our favorite classes being offered at the Peridance Capezio Center and Ailey extension.
1. Djoniba Dance Centre (Peridance)
Founded and directed by Djoniba Mouflet, this African-based dance company strives to “bridge the gap between all ages, races and cultures through world dance and music.” Djoniba provides dance classes that incorporate aspects of African dance, salsa, hip hop, martial arts, and more. Whether you’re interested in finding fitness, learning steps, or discovering different cultural dances through live drumming, you’ll discover an upbeat and engaging class that will leave you revitalized and ready for more.
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2. Danielle Polanco, Heels (Peridance)
Danielle Polanco, a dancer, choreographer, voguer, and instructor, boasts an impressive resume, having worked with Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Fergie, and Janet Jackson. And now she offers group classes for heels. Yes, heels: Long, stiletto heels that range from 3 1/2 – 4 ½ inches. This class will not only help you gain confidence in your walk, movements, and choreography, it will help translate your inner sexiness to your everyday life.