Manhattan Dance Schools

    Dance New Amsterdam, Lower Manhattan

  280 Broadway, 2nd Floor - Broadway - New York, NY             
Lower Manhattan’s newest home for contemporary dance. DNA is proud to present and promote artistic excellence in dance performance, education and the creation process. DNA’s mission includes professional-level training, opportunities for creation and the latest in dance performance. In DNA’s studios each week, 170 classes are taught, rehearsals are run, workshops are conducted and choreographers create. DNA is a valuable resource for the aspiring, emerging and established artist, who benefit from artistic residencies, studio and administrative office subsidies, commissions and two performance seasons that offer presentations of new dance works, many of them world premieres.
    Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Midtown
  405 W. 55th Street - New York, NY           
The umbrella organization that supports the activities of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and The Ailey Extension.
AADF's mission is to further the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey by establishing an extended cultural community which provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. This performing arts community plays a crucial social role using the beauty and humanity of the African American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages and backgrounds.
    Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Greenwich Village+
  55 Bethune Street - New York, NY           
Wdely recognized as the greatest living choreographer. Earlier in his career he was also one of the greatest American dancers. His earliest dance training was in tap and ballroom dance, with a local teacher, Mrs. Barrett, in his hometown of Centralia, Washington: before he was a modern dancer, Merce was a hoofer. What he also learned from Mrs. Barrett was that “dance is most deeply concerned with each single instant as it comes along.”
    Education In Dance, Greenwich Village+
  16 East 11th St. - New York, NY           
An integrated arts enrichment program which provides a meaningful introduction and foundation in the arts for lifetime enhancement. In over sixty public and private schools throughout the New York Metropolitan Area we teach preschool through high school students of all populations including Special Education, Bilingual/ESL, and Gifted/TAG. Our program stimulates creativity and intellectual growth while contributing to emotional and physical well-being.
    Champions Studios, Midtown
  257 w 39 st , 14th floor - New York - New York, NY           
"We offer dancing in a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Both Beginner and Intermediate students can always feel comfortable learning new dancing skills. Learn all of the latest dances, like Salsa, Swing, Tango, Ballroom, Bollywood, and Bhangra."
    Capoeira Angola, Greenwich Village+
  104 West 14th St. - New York - New York, NY            
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Capoeira Angola, an ancient martial art of African origin, is one of the many cultural weapons used to break the chains of enslavement in Brazil. Played close to the ground, Capoeira Angola combines fluid, dance-like movements with kicks, head butts, tripping sweeps and the appearance of playfulness or vulnerability. Music is played on traditional instruments to accompany the players, to teach the rhythmic heart of the art, and also to mask its power. In the eyes of the enslavers it appeared to be a joking and playful acrobatic dance, but eventually its power was realized and Capoeira was outlawed. Death was the penalty paid by those caught playing Capoeira during the slavery era. For almost 400 years Capoeira Angola was taught and practiced in secret, and only in the 1930's did this African martial art become legal to teach and practice.
    Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory, Midtown
  101 W 23rd Street - New York, NY             
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The only conservatory in the country for hip-hop dance.
    West Side Dance Project, Midtown
  260 W 36 Street, 3rd Floor - New York, NY           
Private Music Classes on Piano, Guitar, Bass, Violin, Viola, Mandolin, Drums, Voice, Banjo, Harp, Sax, Trumpet, Flute, Trombone, Clarinet.
    SHOCKra Studio, Midtown
  114 East 28th Street, #2A - New York, NY           
Providing wellness services in an un-intimidating environment to those seeking health and happiness. Our focus is an integrated lifestyle of physical fitness, personal awareness and self-expression. With sincere integrity and excellence, our forward-thinking professionals support and guide you through this portentous journey to a rewarding, more energized life.
    Manhattan Motion Dance Studios, Upper West Side
  215 West 76th Street, 4th Floor - At Broadway - New York, NY           
Dance Classes For Fun, Fitness & Inspiration!
    International Ballet Dance Center, Midtown
  250 West 57th Street, Studio 528 - 57th Street - New York, NY           
The foundation of any dance company is its energy and creative artistry. Here at IBC and The Lindt Ballet Theater, companies can be proud of the artistic directorship of Rosemarie Lindt-Piccolo who not only has brought with her experience in working with such legendary performers as Maurice Bejart, Roland Petit and Mathilde Kschessinskaya, but her training with the world famous Madame Nora Kiss forms a link to history's greatest dancers such as Pavlova and Carlotta Brianza. Ms. Lindt-Piccolo has also studied with the great choreographer Kurt Jooss, and has extensively studied various dance forms such as Classical Spanish, Modern Tap, Pas de Deux, and the Rudolf von Laban method of Kinetography.
    Ballet School NY, Midtown
  30 E 31st - New York, NY           
Founded by artistic director Diana Byer in 1978 as the official training school of New York Theatre Ballet. The School teaches dance as a total art form, developing strong technical skill and discipline…fluidity and ease of movement…and a strong sense of theater, style, musicality, and expression. It is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the great ballet mistress Margaret Craske. She was certified by Enrico Cecchetti and served as director of instruction at BSNY for many years until her retirement in 1987.
    Sandra Cameron Dance Center, Greenwich Village+
  199 Lafayette Street - New York, NY           
The studio’s wide range of classes reflects the rich cultural diversity of an extraordinary city. Here you can study classic American dances like Swing, Foxtrot and Hip Hop, as well as Salsa, Argentine Tango, Milonga, Merengue, Bachata, Viennese Waltz and much more.
    Discovery Programs, Upper West Side
  251 West 100th Street at West End Avenue - West End Avenue - New York, NY            
Dedicated to strengthening family connections by providing creative, nurturing, and meaningful experiences that allow children to grow as active learners while engaging the whole family in this process.
    American Youth Dance Teather, Upper East Side
  428 East 75th Street - New York, NY            
    Chrystie Street Ballet Academy, Greenwich Village+
  55 Chrystie Street Suite 308 - New York, NY           
Melissa Marotto has been dancing for over 20 years, beginning her dance training at The Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts. She earned her BFA in dance with a concentration in pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory, where she revived the historical work for Jose Limon with Jennifer Scanlon and worked with contemporary choreographers such as Donald Byrd and Sean Curran. With a strong background in ballet, Ms. Marotto has also studied Graham, Horton, Limon, and Simonson techniques with certified instructors from all over the country.
    Rod Rodgers Dance Company & Studios, Greenwich Village+
  62 East 4th Street - New York, NY           
A member of Fourth Arts Block (FAB). FAB is leading the development of the East 4th Street Cultural District, preserving a creative environment gave rise to and continues to nurture the development of diverse, experimental art. If you are interested in learning more about FAB, local cultural events, and special deals.
    Morocco Academy of Mid-Eastern Dance, Greenwich Village+
  6 West 20th Street - New York, NY           
"Over the course of my 42+ year career, studies and research trips, I have striven to collect all music, steps and styles possible of each dance from many on-site viewings, questions and participation, etc. and to choose a variety of the most typical steps and figures, presenting them in choreography true to their origins, while, hopefully, pleasing to the eyes and ears of the theater public."
    Urban Folk Dance Ensemble, Harlem+
  867 W. 181st St. #1E - New York - New York, NY           
Not for profit modern dance company in New York City. Company is established in 2004 under the artistic direction of dancer and choreographer Yurie Yoshida. UFDE is directing a children's dance program "Little Stars Performing Arts" operating out of Vanderbilt YMCA.
    Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Upper West Side
  291 Broadway, Suite 900 - New York, NY            
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With facilities all over the world, the original Fred Astaire Dance Studio was founded in New York in 1947. Fred Astaire, himself, and the City of New York alike personify style, sophistication and excellence. All the more reason, New Yorkers have chosen Fred Astaire Dance Studios – it suits them perfectly.
Staffed by professional and champion level dancers themselves, Fred Astaire Dance Studios are internationally known as the cultivators of superior dancers and superior dance instruction, raising the standards of ballroom dancing in the United States to exceptional heights.
Fred Astaire Dance Studios match New Yorkers demand for excellence. Whether you are preparing for an event, mastering a powerful social skill or desire to become a competitive-level dancer, Fred Astaire Dance Studios design your program individually to uniquely satisfy you.
    New American Youth Ballet, Lower Manhattan
  98 Battery Place - Battery Place - New York, NY            
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Small classes, personal attention, kind, positive and expert teaching make New American Youth Ballet the most caring and correct ballet experience in New York City. Enjoy a unique and beautiful location surrounded by lovely gardens. "The little school with the big heart." Your child will learn in a creative professional environment that nurtures natural talents.
    Ballet Academy East, Upper East Side
  1651 Third Avenue, 3rd floor - Third Avenue, NY - New York, NY             
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Since 1979, Ballet Academy East has been a vibrant center for dance on Manhattan's Upper East Side. In 1978, Julia Dubno, the founder and director of Ballet Academy East was selected by Christine Fokine to run the Fokine Ballet School. That experience led to the opening of Ballet Academy East in a brownstone on East 79th Street with one small studio in 1979.
Today the school has five spacious studios and a world-renowned faculty and continues to flourish. Miss Dubno continues to oversee the day-to-day operations and is in close contact with the faculty in order to be kept abreast of all areas of the school.
    Steps on Broadway, Upper West Side
  2121 Broadway # 3 - New York, NY            
Founded in 1979, is more than a dance school. It is an internationally recognized community of artists committed to the cultivation of individuality and talent, and to the joy and toil of dance. It is home to some of the finest and most passionate dance teachers in the world. It is a celebrated space set amid t he Beaux Arts grandeur of Manhattan's Upper West Side, blending old-world ambience with modern facilities — male and female dressing rooms and showers, a theater, a café, and a dance wear boutique. Above all, the ten fully-mirrored, sprung-floored, climate-controlled studios are filled with natural light-and limitless inspiration.
On any given day, casual enthusiasts and aspiring professionals may take class alongside seasoned veterans from Broadway, the opera, and the major dance companies, including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Paris Opera, Kirov and Royal Ballets, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance, Complexions and Martha Graham. The place teems with energy and verve. Steps in essence, is a cultural hub and a cosmopolitan treasure.
    Santo Rico Dance School, Harlem+
  2403 2nd Avenue - New York - New York, NY           
The history of Santo Rico dates back to 1995. The name of the dance company is derived from the initial members of the group being half from Santo Domingo (Santo) and half from Puerto Rico (Rico), hence the name "Santo Rico." Santo Rico was initially formed by Wilton Beltre, a Dominican native, who expressed his love for dance by displaying his street style of dancing Mambo/Salsa in local nightclubs in New York City. Prior to forming Santo Rico, Wilton received dancing instruction from the well renowned Eddie Torres. This gave him professionalism, grace and ultimately led to the development of a unique style. During his stint with Mr. Torres Wilton excelled and brought his dancing ability to such a high level that he became one of the most outstanding members of The Eddie Torres Dance Company.
    Uptown Dance Academy, Harlem+
  171 E 121st St - New York, NY           
Since opening its doors in 1996, Uptown Dance Academy is considered the premiere dance school for urban youth interested in making dance their primary focus. The Academy has been dedicated to providing high-quality dance disciplines, training and professionalism for youth ages 3-19. The well-rounded curriculum designed by founder and director Robin Williams exposes children to the diverse world of dance as they prepare for the professional stage.
No one does it better than Uptown Dance Academy in providing structured training programs and performance opportunities that reinforce the principle of dance as well as the physical, artistic and creative skills inherent in learning dance. Its mission is to train students in the performing arts while instilling a higher level of cultural enrichment, self-discipline, and personal achievement
    Dance Theatre of Harlem Administration & School, Harlem+
  466 W 152nd St, New York, NY 10031-1896 - New York, 10           
Dance Theatre of Harlem School (DTHS) is a cultural, social, and educational institution committed to providing young people of diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to receive training in classical ballet and the allied arts.
Throughout their training at DTHS students receive onsite physical therapy, nutrition and wellness workshops made possible through a partnership with The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. These classes also engage the parents because they are a significant component in any student’s progress. Our commitment to prepare our young people for respective career choice includes a series of diction classes. This comprehensive program is designed to instill discipline, heighten self-esteem and encourage creativity while enabling students to reach their full potential and excel in their chosen endeavors.
    Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Upper West Side
  316 East 63rd Street - New York, NY            
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The School has the distinction of being the longest continuously operating school of dance in America and is a charter member of the accrediting organization, the National Association of Schools of Dance. Students come from around the world to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the only school primarily focused upon teaching the Martha Graham Technique and Repertory.
Classes are taught by faculty members who worked with Martha Graham and who are or have been members of the Martha Graham Dance Company. The course structure culminates in the professional training of young dancers, who perform locally and nationally as Graham II.
Martha Graham students and dancers represent a broad range of cultures and backgrounds, and they take this unique American art form around the world to teach and perform.