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Catering to aspiring dancers as young as 18 months, A Dance Place offers lessons in a non-competitive friendly environment to help build youngsters confidence and self-esteem. The littlest dancers can take part in mommy and me classes or creative movement sessions, which instill them with a love of physical expression. Ballet, tap, and hip-hop lessons, meanwhile, allow pupils to delve into more specialized disciplines.

432 Bergen Blvd
Ridgefield,
NJ
US

Choreographing the much-beloved tango scene in Scent of a Woman is a shining point on anyone's resumé. For Paul Pellicoro, it is one of many distinctions awarded to him and his staff of professional dance instructors at DanceSport, the go-to studio for Latin and ballroom dance. Their choreography and performance work has graced the diverse sound and theater stages of The Today Show, A River Runs Through It, and the Harlem Jazz Dance Festival, among many others. Their lessons have benefited Chris Cuomo and Good Morning America anchors Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts.

Rousing group classes take place across nine air-conditioned studios, each one outfitted with a wood-sprung floor carved from an oak tree wearing a tutu. Whether leading these sessions, helping couples prepare their wedding dance, or contributing to charitable causes such as Gilda's Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, or Night For Niños, DanceSport's sure-footed staff flourishes with skill, patience, and compassion.

22 West 34th Street
New York,
NY
US

At The Ball NY Dance Studios, a team of dance instructors strives to motivate dancers of all skill levels to achieve flawless motion and timing on the dance floor. Up to 150 people per class gather throughout three separate ballrooms, each of which is fully mirrored, features professional Dura Dance sprung floors, and is free of obstructive columns attempting to cut in with your partner. The studio’s variety of classes range from traditional ballroom- and Latin-dance classes to wedding-dance lessons and dance-fitness sessions. The studio also houses a boutique with dance wear and costumes, in addition to a café with a private business center, where students can check their email, make calls, or send Morse-code messages via tap dance.

131 W 35th St, 5th Fl
New York,
NY
US

A nonprofit, multicultural arts organization with a taste for open-mic verse, freeform jazz, and conscientious hip-hop, Nuyorican Poets Cafe was founded in 1973 by a cadre of pioneering Puerto Rican writers, some of whom remain active in the community. Surf the cutting edge of the literary wave with an abundance of regularly scheduled evening events, such as Open Mic Monday (9 p.m.), Thursday's Latin Jazz Jam (9 p.m.), or the weekly throwdown of the Friday Night Slam (10 p.m.), where artists of all mediums test out wrestling moves on one another. Upcoming one-time events include Philip Galinsky's Facebook Comes Alive on January 31 at 7 p.m., and for both regularly scheduled and one-time events, beer, wine, coffee, and soda quench poem-parched throats at the café's bar.

236 E 3rd St
New York,
NY
US

The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur fire walking.

174 W 72nd St
New York,
NY
US

The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.

201 E 34th St
New York,
NY
US