Today's side deal makes a great gift for your adventurous sister or arrhythmic repairman: $30 for four drop-in dance classes at DC Dance Collective (up to an $80 value). If you love locking but find popping tedious, choose from any of DC's wide variety of different dance styles in the packed weekly schedule. You can redeem your Groupon for a four-class pass good for either the summer or fall session of classes. You don't need to sign up in advance, like those sticklers in the Air Force who won't let you borrow a jet; just drop in for any of the 60-minute ($17) and 90-minute ($20) classes.
The studio is a local favorite thanks to its internationally-taught troupe of down-to-earth instructors. A dance collective, according to DC Dance Collective founder Nancy Newell, lets instructors collaborate and develop individualized-teaching methods rather than conform to the strict rules and criteria of formal dance schools. Newell knows what works: she spent 45 years teaching tap and Broadway musical dance, is on the faculty of two other dance studios in Maryland. DC Dance Collective also hosts several professional-performance companies in residence at the studio—so students can observe even more new ways to move it.
DC Dance Collective's stellar selection means they offer something for every age, race, and creed, from Sith to Gryffindor. Learn exotic flamenco or dance yourself into shape with a Zumba lesson. Belly dancing and Hawaiian hula are also popular at DC Dance Collective. Other classes include tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, modern, Bollywood, house dance, and more.
The Washington Post is onboard with DC Dance's collective philosophy:
- 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, Washington Post
Five Yelpers are dancing to DC Dance Collective's beat, giving it four stars:
- 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.
- The classes are usual pretty small for the more obscure styles (poppin' and whatnot) so the teachers can often give you some personal attention while you work. – Devon S.
- ...no one is snotty. The people who go there are friendly and have a genuine desire to learn from their teachers, their classmates, and their friends who are taking other styles of dance. – Amelia 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.
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