DC Dance Collective

AU Park - Friendship Heights - Tenley

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  • 30 different dance styles in more than 100 classes a week
  • Internationally trained instructors develop individualized teaching methods; mix & match classes

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Think of all the moments in life where being an excellent dancer could totally open doors for you. If only you had the skills taught at DC Dance Collective, you could show them off in a variety of social contexts, to your great benefit:

  • Cutting in line at the amusement park normally garners scowls, but cutting in line while performing ballet pirouettes generates applause.
  • At a job interview, your resume and cover letter make great lyrics to a song and jazz dance routine (punctuated with white-gloved jazz hands) that will surely get you hired.
  • When getting mugged, a Beyoncé-inspired hip-hop dance routine actually doubles as a defense tactic: your bizarrely hypnotic pelvic motions entrance muggers and your steely hair serves as a mace-whip.

You’ll have so many cool parlor tricks at your disposal, but first you have to learn the moves. Good thing today’s Groupon lets you do that for 52% off.

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In the late 1970s, the Electric Boogaloos (earlier known as the Electronic Boogaloo Lockers) started jerking their muscles to music. The dance style, known as “popping,” became so popular that the king of musical pop (Michael Jackson) incorporated it into dances like the robot and moonwalking. You can learn pop in post-Jackson America with today’s Groupon: $40 for four dance lessons (including registration fees) at DC Dance Collective (an $83 value). If you’re not into popping, choose from any of DC’s 30 different dance styles in more than 100 classes a week. (You don’t need to sign up in advance for the hour- or 90-minute-long classes on the summer schedule.)

Learn exotic flamenco or dance yourself into shape with a cardio funk or Zumba lesson. Belly dancing and kickboxing are also popular at DC Dance Collective, whose internationally taught troupe of instructors can breakdance as well as they can bollywood. Other classes include tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, Capoeira, Afro modern, tango, and more.

DC Dance Collective’s stellar selection means they offer something for every age, race, and creed. The studio is a favorite for its down-to-earth instructors who take the time to give students personal attention. A dance collective, according to DC Dance Collective founder Nancy Newell, lets instructors collaborate and develop individualized teaching methods rather than conforming to the strict rules and criteria of dance schools. Newell knows what works: she spent 45 years teaching tap and Broadway musical dance, has founded two other dance studios in Maryland, and watches Stomp The Yard every morning. DC Dance Collective has several professional performance companies in residence at the studio—that means students have even more ways to learn how to move it.

Reviews

The Washington Post says there’s something for everyone at DC Dance: > * There’s a class for every taste and age at the DC Dance Collective, which strives to bring students the most diverse selection of classes and instructors available. The studio is called a collective because it does not include a set curriculum - rather, it encourages instructors to incorporate their own style and philosophy into the classes… Whether you want to belly dance, break dance or just pirouette your heart out, the DC Dance Collective’s instructors will help you reach your goals. – Maura Judkis, The Washington Post

Yelpers are dancing to DC Dance Collective’s beat. > * I took beginning belly dancing here and had a great experience. DC Dance Collective is great for trying out a new dance style because you can drop in and don’t have to commit to a whole session of dance classes. – Jenny K. > * Why did I pick DC Dance Collective over other large studios in town? The instructors. Because my children wanted to learn from the best I followed the edgiest and best dancers to DC Dance Collective. – Denise K. > * I’ve taken a wide variety of classes here and have never encountered a bad or rude teacher. – Tiffany S.

DC Dance Collective

DC Dance Collective is on a mission: to open the world of dance to everyone. And it takes that seriously—low-income dancers are encouraged to volunteer at the front desk in exchange for class credits. This communal spirit of creative exercise and collaboration realizes the dream of founder Nancy Newell, whose impressive 49-year dance career includes curating two Smithsonian series based on tap.

Dance Studio Life rightly describes DCDC as "an anomaly among studios in its region for both its collective approach and its vast offerings." In the lobby, which "feels more like a living room," the friendly instructors welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to pick from an eclectic assortment of dance styles, ranging from classics such as tap, ballet, and jazz to diverse styles such as hula, salsa, flamenco, belly dance, and Sri Lankan dance. Hip-hop and break-dancing classes help dancers find their inner funk without GPS, and Zumba fitness dance classes get everyone sweating to global party beats with Latin-inspired moves.

Customer Reviews

Fun place with great teachers.
Carolyn M. · October 17, 2012
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    AU Park - Friendship Heights - Tenley

    4908 Wisconsin Ave Nw

    Washington, District of Columbia 20016

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