Whether you’ve got the coordination of a baby giraffe or you’re a dancer from way back, lockdown is the perfect time to try your hand at an online dance class.
Dancing is always more fun with other people, plus it’s usually a solid workout and a good way to hit peak nostalgia; remember being 10, wearing a pink lycra leotard and having helmet head from all that hairspray?
Here are the best online dance classes to try out.
Sydney Dance Company
On the schedule at Sydney Dance Company is ballet, jazz and contemporary, across beginner, intermediate and open levels. There are also strength and conditioning classes, hip hop, Latin funk and tap courses. Classes are often taught by company dancers (so, serious dance talent) and it’s done on Zoom so you can always ask questions if you get stuck.
F Is For Dance
F is For Dance has been teaching the people of Perth and Sydney how to shake their booties like Beyoncé for a while now, so we were pretty stoked they decided to take their studio online during the COVID-19 craziness. Every Friday night they’re hosting beginner-friendly dance classes which may or may not turn into killer Friday night dance parties. Turn the camera on if you’re missing your gal pals or switch it off and dance like no one is watching; anything goes here.
Based in the US, Steezy was online well before the Coronavirus pandemic hit, so there won’t be any technical difficulties here. In fact, the app lets you speed up or slow down videos and view yourself next to the tutorials, so you can actually see how you look. Teaching styles like urban dance, hip hop, krump, dancehall, popping and more, you can rely on Steezy if you plan on coming out of lockdown with all the moves.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn salsa, you’ll want to check out Perth’s Bailar Productions. They’re offering salsa classes online for all levels from complete beginner to pro, so it’s time to get your quick-quick-slow rhythm up to speed. If Salsa’s not your thing, they’ve also got Latin fusion and bachata classes on offer. Payment for their online courses is donation based, so dig deep.
Mad Dance House
Brisbane’s Mad Dance House has taken all of their classes online and it will only set you back $28 a week for unlimited classes. Think ballet, urban street style, contemporary, jazz, tap and more. If you’re a complete beginner, they also have four-week intro courses which cover all the basics so you‘re not left wondering what the heck is going on in the middle of a class.
Whether you’re looking to learn a bit of K-pop, hip hop, krump or popping, Melbourne’s Passion Studio will sort you out. Classes are $10 each and need to be purchased the day you want to participate, then you can watch it live or for a full 24 hours after it’s recorded.
Targeted towards people who think they can’t dance, Groove Therapy is offering both live-streamed classes and online courses, for those of you who want to delve a bit deeper. The live-streamed classes are all about sweating in your sweats, so expect high tempo moves that will get your heart going. If you want to really nail the moves, the lessons in the online courses are broken down into three elements—demonstration, repetition and written—so no matter your learning style you’ll be able to pick it up.
If you’ve ever wanted to do a Bollywood class online, DancePlug is the place to do it. DancePlug actually boasts over 450 dance tutorials in all different styles, from contemporary to hip hop, and all memberships offer you unlimited access to all of them. They’ve also added a new feature, DancePlug with Friends, since Coronavirus came and flipped our world upside down. They’re encouraging dance instructors around the world to submit their videos from home and offering free and/or affordable classes to people everywhere.
Prefer a regular workout? Here are the best online workouts to make you sweat at home.
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