Houston Metropolitan Dance

2808 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004




Classes offered: Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Broadway, Theater, Yoga

Description via Website: “Founded in 1995, the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center is arts and educational organization. Located in Midtown, the center is committed to the development of dance using movement as a learning tool. Through our training center, Educational outreach program, scholarship program, and Professional Company, Houston Met strives to contribute to the vitality and diversity of Houston’s dance community in order to enhance the quality of life of individuals as well as make significant contributions to our greater society.”

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Metropolitan Dance company moved into its new studio space this month (June 2013) and although there is still some dust and a few kinks need to be worked out, this place shows promise of being a 10-star studio once everything gets settled.

Conveniently located in Houston’s Midtown, the new facility includes four spacious studios with excellent lighting and drop floors that are friendly to a variety of shoes. There are two ample waiting areas for hanging out before and after class, and the large restrooms even have shower facilities.

This is a big improvement over their previous location, which was unique and quirky, but outdated and not up to handling the volume of students, which increases with each passing year. Space in the children’s classes is highly coveted, and promising students have a pipeline into the Met Too Youth Company. Adult classes include a cohort-based intro classes for beginners, and drop-in classes in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and hip-hop. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive, with all ages, backgrounds and dance goals welcome.

Anyone who loves to dance can find their niche at the Houston Met!

8 out of 10


Dance Encounter Ltd.

630 E. State St.,
Geneva IL 60134



630 232 1221

Classes offered: ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, special needs

Description via Website: “Since 1993, DancEncounter Dance Studio, conveniently located on State Street in historic Geneva, Illinois, has provided dance instruction for students ages 2 through adult in a supportive, friendly and creative environment. The studio offers recreational and performance dance education at all levels and helps fosters appreciation of dance through technique, discipline and fun.”

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DancEncounter has a great atmosphere and a good variety of classes available for all levels, ages 2-adult. Adult classes are offered every session!

9 out of 10


Room to Dance

Room to Dance
3579 University Ave
Riverside, CA. 92501



(951) 223-6683

Classes offered: Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop,Tap, Ballroom, Modern, various other styles

Description via website: Room to Dance was opened in July of 2011 by April MacLean. After attending the BFA dance program at University of California, Riverside, April found that there was truly no appropriate place to continue training. While Riverside had plenty of dance studios, the ‘adult’ classes were sporadic
and defined as ’14 years and up’. She quickly realized that Riverside needed a place where ‘grown ups’
could discover and re-discover their love of movement. During the first year of business, April started meeting regularly with one of her instructors, Julie Simon to discuss the growth of the studio and the rapidly changing community.

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Easy location. Lots of fun classes. Friendly staff.

9 out of 10.


Zenon Dance

528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403



(612) 338-1101

Classes offered: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, World Dance, Health + Wellness, Contact Improv

Description via website: “Zenon also operates a dance school that welcomes all dancers, regardless of age, ability or experience. First-rate, independent instructors ably teach a wide range of dancers, from the nationally renowned to the beginning child or adult. City Pages rated the school “Best Place to Learn to Dance” in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.”

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Zenon is located in an historic building in downtown Minneapolis. There are numerous classes for adults available including ballet, belly dancing, tap, modern and jazz. I have had four different teachers in my ballet classes and they are all excellent. Each of them makes an effort to get to know you and help you at your level. The classes are arranged at various times during the day so it is easy to find a convenient time. The studio has some wear but is adequate for dance with a worn marley floor. All ballet classes have a pianist playing. The fee is very reasonable at $13/class (usually 1.5 hours long). They offer punch cards that have a discount and it is a further discount if you pay for a full session. Classes run year round and through the summer. There is no dress code whatsoever and many of the students look like they rolled out of bed in the dark and dressed in whatever was on the floor or dirty laundry basket. So no intimidation factor with the clothing! You will also see people of all ages and shapes so anyone can fit right in! It is easy to get to by car, bus or light rail. The light rail stops about a block from the studio. There is only a one thing I don’t like about this studio. The classes at times get a bit large and you can feel forgotten. The teachers do a good job of trying to minimize this problem when it occurs.
I would highly recommend this studio! Especially if you are just starting they are very welcoming and non stressful!

9 out of 10


National Dance Day, July 28th: Philadelphia Dance Day

This Saturday, July 27th, is National Dance Day and Philadelphia Dance Day. Here in Philadelphia, Philly Dance Fitness (as well as other studios and dance organizations) is sponsoring a day of free dance classes as well as a $5 dance party afterwards. While you won’t find me at the social dance party afterwards (I’ve got a huge day of moving on Sunday)–I’ll be checking out many of the workshops throughout the day, including modern dance, jazz, and maybe even some tango.  Check out the full schedule for a full list of workshops and classes throughout the day (as well as their locations), but here’s some of my favorites from the list:

10 am: Kids Ballet at Major Moment

I wish I could crash this class because my ordinary Saturday ballet class has been cancelled so that the rest of the this fabulous dance day could happen. But if you have kids between the ages of 5-7, make sure you take them to this awesome, free taste of ballet! Beverly is an awesome ballet instructor.

11 am: Advanced Beginner Modern Dance

Although this class would probably clash with the rest of my day’s schedule, I definitely would recommend it if you’ve wanted to try out modern dance or are looking for a free class to take on a Saturday. They’re located in Old City too, a great area to grab some lunch afterwards.

1 pm: Co-Ed Pole Dance Fitness

Pole dancing isn’t just for strippers–it can be a great way to increase your flexibility and strength. Not sure what you need? Check out this recent guest post I wrote: What You Need to Start Pole Dancing Classes. Make sure you grab your yoga mat for ab work for this class if you’ve got one.

2 pm: JazzTech

Another class taught by my wonderful instructor, Beverly. While I haven’t gotten a chance to check out this jazz technique class, I hear it’s going really well!

3 pm: BalletEXTREME

This class combines ballet moves with upbeat pop music to help you sculpt a ballerina’s body outside of the normal structure of ballet class. No experience is required!

4:15 Argentine Tango

I’ve been dying to try out Argentine Tango, but I haven’t gotten a chance yet because the classes are either too late (I’m an early sleeper!) or not at a convenient location. This class is perfect if you’re looking for a great introduction to tango–no partner needed!

What are your plans for National Dance Day?


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