Dance West Dance Studio

4322 Katella Ave
Los Alamitos, California 90720

(562) 685 5403

Classes offered: Ballet, pointe

Description via website: The adult program at Dance West is extensive and comprehensive. Adults can simply enjoy the pure pleasure of dance. Or, aspire to all that dance has to offer, such as: attending master classes, international dance festivals, and performing with dance companies in residence.”

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Dance West is a great place for true beginners to start dancing. They offer a very basic intro class for 18+ and the instructor, Monique, is great at teaching new adults. She’s patient and encouraging. And there are mixed adult and student ballet classes from intro to pointe for those who want to go that far. The atmosphere is dedicated, helpful, and fun. All you need are ballet flats and comfortable clothes to begin. 🙂


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This is a big improvement over their previous location, which was unique and quirky, but outdated and not up to handling the volume of students, which increases with each passing year.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


Major Moment Studio/Philly Dance Fitness

1624 South Street,
Philadelphia, PA and


Classes offered: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Pointe, Zumba, Impact Jazz, Zumba, and more

Description via Website: “Work up a sweat through the art of dance with Philly Dance Fitness. We offer group classes, private lessons and parties throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. Check out our packed schedule and pricing options. No experience required. Ditch the workout – join our dance party!”

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Beverly is an awesome teacher if you are new to ballet. She’s encouraging and offers several classes for all levels of beginners, however, you will always feel welcome in her classes no matter what your level is. I highly recommend her for those who have never taken ballet.

10 out of 10.


Ballet to the People

City Dance Studios
10 Colton St
San Francisco, CA

Classes offered: ballet, pointe

Description via Website: “Carla Escoda trained as a ballet and modern dancer at Ballet Philippines in Manila, with the Connecticut Ballet, and at Yale University, where she performed with the Yaledancers and received her B.S. and M.S. in Engineering & Applied Science with a double major in French Literature.”

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Carla is friendly, fun, and exceptionally intuitive to her students’ needs. She gives wonderful explanations and corrections that explain why moves/postures are the way they are, and why they need to be done a certain way to build strength or avoid injury. She also uses fun, non traditional music in the studio that brings a fresh beat to ballet!

10 out of 10


City Ballet School

City Ballet of San Diego Studio
941 Garnet Avenue (South Alley Entrance)
Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA

Classes offered: Adult Open Classes, Adult Intensive, Pointe

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This isn’t a fancy high-tech place, but the teachers are in it to win it. Natalie Test especially has the desire to encourage beginners to improve. Top notch instructors and classes for all levels of adult students.

9 out of 10.

–American Goods

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