980 N. La Cienega Blvd., W. Hollywood, (310) 659-4739, madonna-grimes.com
All levels are welcomed to the funky and exciting classes offered here at MaDonna Grimes Dance Fitness Studio, which holds an international reputation for hot choreographers and instructors. Grimes – worldwide performer, choreographer, instructor, model and actress – is dedicated to creating “new and innovative avenues of dance and exercise” at her L.A. studio. Most well known is her master dance-street class, although other classes include “Dance Yo Ass Off!” and “Street Dance.”
THE ATHLETIC GARAGE
121 Waverly Dr., Pasadena, (626) 229-9769, athletic-garage.com
The Athletic Garage is just the place for those looking to get fit with dance, but don’t want the strict technique or stress of competition that often comes with training. This Pasadena-based dance fitness studio calls itself “a studio for the community” and offers traditional classes in ballet, jazz and hip-hop as well as other great get-in-shape classes in a stress-free environment. Let the class names speak for themselves: “Latin Dance, Brazilian Style,” “Freestyle Salsa,” “Body Sculpt” and “Bellydance.”
DANCE ARTS ACADEMY
731 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 932-6230, danceartsacademy.com
Dance Arts Academy lies in the heart of Los Angeles and offers classes in everything from flamenco to tap to Irish step. The vision of director Carla Luna has made this studio a unique place of rich cultural heritage, where people who share the passion of dance come together in classes, workshops, recitals and special performances to partake in the powerful outreach of dance.
DANCE STUDIO NO. 1
10850 Pico Blvd., #610, Los Angeles, (310) 446-4443, danceno1.com
Under director Elizabeth Banke, Dance Studio No. 1 provides classical Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) training for children and adults. Located within the Westside Pavilion, this studio emphasizes individual achievement, pride and accomplishment in dance.
DEBBIE REYNOLDS PROFESSIONAL DANCE STUDIO
6514 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood, (818) 985-3193, drdancestudio.com
You don’t have to be worried about being in a class with middle or high schoolers if you’re still a beginner at Debbie Reynolds Studio. You must be at least 17 years old to attend the adult classes, with the studio offering hip-hop classes in addition to ballet, jazz, modern jazz, and tap classes. Debbie Reynolds Studio provides professional and non-professional training, employing a faculty of highly talented and experienced dancers.
EDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1020 N. Cole Ave., Hollywood, (323) 962-7733, edgepac.com
For all you know, your instructor at Edge could have worked with Jennifer Lopez in her latest music video. Renowned Hollywood teachers instruct all the ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop classes here, and students range from dancers on scholarship to college students dropping in for an invigorating 90-minute class.
MILLENNIUM DANCE COMPLEX
5113 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 783-5081, morolandis.com
Home to choreographer-dancer Wade Robinson (the young, genius mind behind the *NSYNC and Britney Spears concert tours), the Millennium is a professional dance center geared toward already trained dancers looking to advance further by working with top choreographers and other serious, working dancers. They offer guest master classes every Friday.
SANTA MONICA DANCE STUDIO
211 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 319-5339, santamonicadancestudio.com
Santa Monica Dance Studio’s goal is to instill the love of dance in its students. On top of many ballet classes, it offers jazz, hip-hop, funk tap, pilates, tango and even a special mime workshop. For UCLA students, ask them about their special Bruins’discount.
ZEAL STUDIOS L.A.
11911 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 391-8860, www.zeal-ww.com/LA_st
Zeal Studios, already a hot dance center in Tokyo, offers a large new branch in Los Angeles featuring some of the city’s best teachers, teaching a wide range of beginner and advanced classes. For those wanting to better their bodies, the studio’s newly added Power Ballet Fitness, designed to transform posture and bearing, is suited for those who may never have danced but want to look as though they have. This is a subdivision of Zeal Worldwide, which plans to expand dance and entertainment networks throughout the U.S., Japan and Taiwan.