Dancewave’s instructors approach their students as artists-in-the-making, seeking to impact the lives of New York City youth through pre-professional arts training. Classes for kids include pre-pointe, ballet, and hip-hip. Adults can flex through the poses of modern dance classes or work up a sweat in Pilates and Zumba classes. Dancewave also hosts summer intensives, as well as trains pre-professional ensembles that perform in venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Jorday Rivera's passion for hip-hop and Latin dance infuses her classes with rhythmic energy during each meeting at her namesake studio. Jorday's interest in dance began at a young age when her parents took her to the bustling streets of Broadway to watch colorful stage productions and the spontaneous musical numbers that would take place during each rainstorm. By the time she reached adulthood, Jorday had garnered extensive experience in mambo, salsa, cha-cha, and hip-hop disciplines and had danced side by side with the likes of Eddie Torres and Mario Diaz. This accumulation of hip-swiveling savvy eventually led Jorday to cultivate a love of teaching, finally opening her own dance studio in 1997. Today, the studio houses a variety of dance classes, from modern and hip-hop to belly dancing and Latin, led by a cadre of instructors trained in a panoply of styles.
Rhythms and Soul’s laid-back, adult-oriented studio and clubby moves were featured on an episode of MTV's Made. Bring rhythm, grace, and choreography into your life, and reshape your monthly party schedule into dance-shaped Rectangos with salsa, Latin ballroom dancing, tango, swing, the hustle, and even dance fitness. Rhythms and Soul’s phalanx of professional coryphées give students individual attention while maintaining a pressure-free, non-competitive atmosphere. You can sign up with a partner by purchasing an extra Groupon as a gift, or fly solo at Rhythms and Soul. Its 60-minute group dance classes impart club-style maneuvering methods, classic ballroom steps, and other partner-pleasing gyrations by keeping the whole group revolvingly involved.
Though they hail from Brunei, Cuba, and the United States, the instructors at Bellyqueen are united by their passion for belly dance. Their dedication to the Middle Eastern art—and their eagerness to educate others about the empowering, often misunderstood dance form—led co-founder Kaeshi Chai to established their own bellydancing company and school in the East Village. Kaeshi's enthusiasm has caught on—since opening in 1998, Bellyqueen has gained acclaim for its unconventional workouts welcoming participants of all sizes and skill levels.
Today, the bustling studio continues to teach traditional bellydancing techniques while incorporating world-fusion styles. Experienced instructors guide guests through the sensual movements, encouraging them as they practice footwork, breath, and presentation. When they aren’t fine-tuning their routines to eyeball-enticing perfection, students can watch Bellyqueen’s professional dancers perform at special events.
Beer, wine and comedy at a cheap price? No wonder so many people pack Chelsea’s Magnet Theater daily. Shows here run the gamut from long form improv and scripted sketch comedy to storytelling and a variety of free performance opportunities for anyone willing to get on stage. Shows at the Magnet never seem to top $10, and are often free. The 70-odd seats don’t make for a very big venue, but that also means there isn't a bad spot in the house, and you’ll have a perfect sightline the next time some celebrity drops in to perform. Classes in improv, storytelling and comedy writing are also offered at the Training Center Studio, one block north. If you’re looking for a cheap laugh, or want to inspire it in others, the Magnet is a great place to start.