There are numerous dance studios and schools in Sydney and the bulk of them are conveniently located in the city. Taking a dance class is perfect after you've finished work or uni for the day. It depends on your preference for which kind of dance styles you'd like to learn, but there's a studio out there for everyone. Here's my guide of some of the best dance studios in Sydney, categorised according to Variety, Street Dance, Latin, Ballroom & Latin Ballroom, Pole Dancing, and Bollywood.
Variety of Styles: If you're after variety try Sydney Dance Company, Urban Dance Centre or Dance Central.
The reputable Sydney Dance Company has four large studios with high ceilings. They have a warehouse look with their wooden beams and raw walls. There's also a ballet barre in all the studios. It's the home of Sydney Dance Company (see my review of the company's show Shared Frequencies), so the studios need to be of a world-class standard.
The classes range from Ballet and Contemporary to Theatre Jazz. Their timetable also includes their own genre: JFH (a fusion of Jazz/Funk/Hip Hop). All classes are one and a half hours. This sets SDC apart from other studios, where classes are typically one hour. Levels range from Beginner to Advanced. Advanced is close to a professional standard.
You can work on your technique at a Tap or Lyrical class. Alternatively, you could enjoy yourself in a fun Hip Hop class. Class tickets can be bought online or when you show up at the studio. The timetable is always up to date, so you can find out if there is a substitute teacher for any of the classes.
The lovely harbour side studio spaces are also regularly hired out for commercials, rehearsals, and films (such as Mao's Las Dancer).
If you're feeling peckish, there's the gorgeous Sydney Dance Lounge. The website declares it's a "Cafe by day, Restaurant by night". Stop by before or after class for a drink or meal.
Urban Dance Centre in Glebe was founded by Juliette Verne. The studio offers various classes like Lyrical, Ballet and Acrobatics. There's also a class called Kicks, Turns & Jumps, which works on your technique. The classes here are at a high level. Even though there are Beginner classes, it goes up to a Professional level as well.
if you're serious about dancing and performing, UDC also has a Certificate IV Full Time Performing Arts Course. The course not only develops your dancing abilities, but also cultivates other performing arts skills such as singing and acting. Visit the website for further information.
Another studio that boasts a wide range of dance classes is Dance Central in Surry Hills. It features popular classes like Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet, but also some very different and rare ones. These include Afro-Latin Funk, Brazilian Samba, Belly Dance, Jamaican Dancehall, Hawaiian Hula, and Burlesque amongst others. Dance Central has a wide variety of such diverse styles, especially from different countries. Note that there are no classes held on Sundays. Click here to see the timetable.
Street Dance: Dancekool, ACE Dance Studio, and Crossover Studio are the places to go for street dance classes.
If you're only interested in taking some street style classes, then Dancekool is the studio for you. It's the first dance studio established in Sydney solely for street dance styles. Classes on offer include Hip Hop, Popping, Street Jazz, House, and Waacking. See my article on the new Dancekool studio relocation to Sussex Street, Sydney City here.
A newer street dance school is ACE Dance Studio, located in Surry Hills. The studio has a range of street dance classes. The point of difference at this studio is that it also offers regular Capoiera classes - a Brazilian form of dance that incorporates martial arts - in its timetable.
The latest addition to the street dance scene is Crossover Studio. It has three new studios with hard wood floors. The classes here are street dance styles with a twist. There's also Lyrical, Stretch, and Zumba on top of the regular street dance classes. Crossover has a special offer for first-timers: it's only $8 for your first class at the studio. See the timetable here.
There are many Latin studios in Sydney, but the most well known and largest school is Latin Motion.
Latin Motion holds classes at numerous locations in Sydney, including Pyrmont, Terrey Hills, and Sydenham. Some of the instructors are World Salsa Champions and are featured on Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, so you know that you're sure to get the best Latin education. Some of the classes include Salsa, Zouk, Rueda, Dominican Bachata. See the website for more specific timetables.
Ballroom and Latin Ballroom:
Take some ballroom classes at Arthur Murray, a dance school that has branches not only in Sydney but also in Melbourne and Adelaide.
Arthur Murray has five studios all over Sydney. You can learn the technique behind Ballroom and Latin Ballroom or you can make it a social activity to meet new people. Classes you can take are Ballroom, Tango, Waltz, Rumba, and Swing amongst others. Arthur Murray also offers wedding dance classes. You can try a free class if you're a first-timer at this studio - click here.
Pole dancing is the latest craze in the dance realm. If you'd like to learn how to pole dance, Bobbi's Pole Studio is a great place to do it.
Pole dancing is a great workout and develops your upper body strength. When I first tried it, I was astounded by how hard it is. Bobbi's Pole Studio offers an 8-week beginner course for $240 or a mini 4-week course for $130. There's a Bobbi's Studio in Sydney City and in Miranda. Visit the website to make a booking.
For those interested in learning some Bollywood dancing, Mango Dance Studio is the way to go.
There are Bollywood classes at the Mango Dance Studio in Neutral Bay, but classes are also held in Cherrybrook, Parramatta, and Albury. Classes are either Adult Bollywood or Kids Bollywood. Mango Dance Studio in Neutral Bay also has other dance classes on offer as well as intensive workshops and courses.
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