Dance Classes in Tenderloin


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  • Dance SF
    The staccato beat of conga drums rises over the deep voice of a bass guitar and the higher trills of the timbales and piano. Head dancer Evan Margolin and his bevy of experienced instructors lead students in classes that take beginners through basic footwork and salsa rhythms, with intermediate and advanced sessions offering salsa aficionados more challenging instruction. The social class structure—partners rotate throughout every session—creates a low-pressure learning environment and keeps dancers from scrambling to locate a partner or human-shaped tupperware container. The one-hour beginner classes are mostly filled with salsa novices and new dancers, and Dance SF's experienced and engaging local salsateers are patient and friendly when showing new students how to bust well-timed moves. During intermediate classes, which require six months or more of social dancing experience, students focus on timing and cross-body leads with turns. After some evening classes, new dancers are invited to join an all-night salsa party where they can put their new moves in practice. Students should wear comfortable clothing, which includes dancing shoes, but does not include rear-flapped onesie pajamas.
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    685 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • The Cellar
    In Focus: The Cellar Vibe: archetypal nightclub Notable features: DJs, violet lighting, and bottle service in caged-in VIP booths Clientele: athletes, nightlife-industry pros on their evenings off, and anyone up for a somewhat swanky evening of dancing and drinking Dress code: polished nightclub attire—no ball caps, beanies, casual shoes, T-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, sportswear, or shorts Birthday perks: permission to decorate a VIP booth with sparklers and a confetti cannon
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    685 Sutter St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet San Francisco
    Entering the world of dance can be intimidating, but Alonzo King LINES Ballet eases students into it by offering so many classes in so many different types of dance and motion disciplines, there’s simply something for everyone to latch onto. Popular options include ballet, modern, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop and Alexander Technique, which works to align body and mind with specific and thought-out movements. From absolute beginner to everyone in between, LINES encourages participants to be honest about their comfort level so that staff can guide them efficiently, enthusiastically and compassionately. Drop-ins to any of the six high-ceilinged studios in SoMa are always available, but some classes fill up fast; super-serious students pursue two-year training programs and a Bachelor of Fine Arts program in affiliation with Dominican University. Most classes here are adult-only, so kids seeking dance instruction may need to look elsewhere.
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    26 7th Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Temple of Poi
    While students at Temple of Poi, , a school of movement and flow arts, perfect their fire-wielding skills, they also focus on channeling balance and harmony within themselves. Classes are designed to not only to help students develop techniques, but to also help them rejuvenate through performance and meditation and improve mind awareness, discipline, and self-empowerment. To keep these experiences safe, the staff stresses fire safety, and only encourages those who feel ready to dance with flames to do so. And those who are not yet ready can join the skilled dancers and perform at festivals and special events. With students ranging in age from 9 to 82, crackling hot flames whizz by as dancers twirl their ropes of fire in mesmerizing circles. For these dancers, fire is a form of self-expression. They set hula-hoops and staffs afire, and perform duets with the fans of flames. Though they make it look effortless, these masters of the art were once novices, who learned their techniques at Temple of Poi. Temple of Poi’s instructors teach fire-dancing classes with several props. In beginner and intermediate poi classes, students set fire to balls suspended from a handle, which create brilliant circles of flames when swung. Hula-hoop and staff classes also allow students to create a dazzling show with props doused in seemingly everlasting flames.
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    953 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Intersection for the Arts
    Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco is just what its name implies: a hub for contemporary artwork of every possible kind. Jazz music, interpretive dance, poetry, theater and gallery art all find their home here at the Intersection, with notable artists being Angry Black White Boy, Joe Orrach, and Matt Gonzalez. They hold an annual auction for charity featuring pieces by the community’s most prolific local artists. There’s a good chance at getting an iconic piece of art at a bargain. The Intersection is more than just a venue, it’s a community where you get to meet some of the most creative people in all of San Francisco.
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    925 Mission St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • STUDIOMIX
    Equipment: 100+ classes (including martial arts), free weights, weight machines, cardio equipment Students should bring: Comfortable clothes, a lock, and water bottle. Towels and amenities are provided. Registration required: Yes Good for beginners: Yes Average class length: 60 minutes Number of Staff: 25+ people Class location: Indoors only Established: 2012 Guests allowed: Yes Parking: Parking garage Pro Tip: Call ahead to book a class. We also have a cafe on-site. Q&A with the Director, Sales And Marketing Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated? There are so many different class options and workouts to choose from. There is something for everyone. In addition to classes, members can use the Strength Studio and cardio machines for solo workouts. Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility? [We have a] cafe and juice bar [and offer] massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, free WiFi, steam, sauna. Has your business won any awards? SF Best of the Bay 2013. Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover? [We are] locally owned and operated; no corporate hulahoops to jump through.
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    1000 Van Ness, 3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA US

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