Adult Classes

Dance Classes for Adults: African dance, modern dance, hip-hop dance, and more.

Drop-in anytime for only $15!

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Important Class Updates:

Dance Place follows the DC Public Schools schedule for closures. Please check this page or Dance Place’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates on any closures or cancellations.

Wednesday, May 20: 10:15am Adv. Modern with ReVision is CANCELED

Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25: NO ADULT CLASSES HELD

Special Schedule Tuesday, May 26 – Sunday, May 31

6:30 – 7:45 pm DanceAfrica, DC Master Class Sylvia Soumah & Marcia Howard (Coyaba Dance Theater)
10 – 11:30 am Balance Harmony ($10 only!) Deborah Riley
6:30 – 7:45 pm DanceAfrica, DC Master Class Assane Konte (KanKouran)
10 – 11:30 am Move On Dance ($10 only!) Deborah Riley
6:30 – 7:45 pm DanceAfrica, DC Master Class Nkenge Cunningham (Farafina Kan)
10 – 11:30 am DanceAfrica, DC Master Class Baba Chuck Davis
10 – 11:30 am DanceAfrica, DC Master Class
(at the Edgewood Arts Center)
Ezibu Muntu African Dance Theatre

Monday, June 1: Regularly scheduled adult classes return


Spring / Summer 2015 Sessions: through July 3, 2015
Special Schedule July 6 – 25, coming soon.

6:30 – 7:45 pm Adv. Beg. Modern Carla Perlo
6:30 – 7:45 pm Beg. / Adv. Beg. Jazz Ralph Glenmore
8 – 9:30pm Int. Hip-Hop (until May 18) Culture Shock DC
8 – 9:30pm Afro-Cuban Dance (starting June 1) Yudisleidy Valdes
10:15 am – 12 pm Adv. Modern ($10 only!) Adrienne Clancy
6:30 – 7:45 pm Beg. African Marcia Howard
6:30 – 7:45 pm Beg. / Adv. Beg. Salsa DC Casineros
7:45 – 9 pm Int. Salsa DC Casineros
10 – 11:30 am Balance Harmony ($10 only!) Deborah Riley
10:15 am – 12 pm Adv. Modern ($10 only!) ReVision dance company
6:30 – 7:45 pm Beg. / Adv. Beg. Jazz Ralph Glenmore
6:30 – 7:45 pm Beg. / Int. Hip-Hop Culture Shock DC
7:45 – 9 pm Int. / Adv. Hip-Hop Culture Shock DC
8 – 9:30pm Afro-Cuban Dance (until May 27) Yudisleidy Valdes
10 – 11:30 am Move On Dance ($10 only!) Deborah Riley
6:30 – 7:45 pm Beg. African
Takes place at the Edgewood Arts Center
Sylvia Soumah
7:30 – 9 pm Casino Partnerwork & Cuban Styling DC Casineros
9:30 – 11 am Beg. / Adv. Beg. Modern Carla Perlo
11 am – 12:30 pm Int. Modern Deborah Riley
1:45 – 3 pm Beg. / Int. African Sylvia Soumah

Master Class Series 2015

Experience class with choreographers from all across the country in Dance Place’s Master Class series! Drop in for only $15 to these classes (excl. Barbara Mahler). All classes located at Dance Place unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, March 3 & 10: 6:30pm and 7:45pm
Rueda All Stars (from Cuba)
Join the All Stars and DC Casineros for special Rueda de Casino master classes.

Saturday, March 14: 11am – 12:30pm*
Helen Simoneau Danse (from NYC)
The class moves towards large moving combination exploring full use of space, shifts of weight, physicality, momentum as well as achieving a balance between precision and self-expression.

Wednesday, March 18: 10:15am – 12pm*
zoe | juniper (from Seattle)
The class combines musicality, visual and physical metaphors in both improvisation and structured forms as a vehicle to surprise and further each dancer’s potential.

Saturday, April 4: 11am – 12:30pm*
Cynthia Oliver / COCo Dance Theatre (from Urbana, Illinois)
COCo Dance Theatre’s Leslie Cuyjet leads a class which encourages the body to engage in a present state using awareness of space and self.

Friday April 10 – Sunday April 12
Barbara Mahler & Klein Technique™
This series of three classes focusses on and provides the tools to support movement of all styles of dance, as well as other activities using the Klein Technique™, originated in 1972 by Susan Klein. (Friday, April 10th 10am – 12pm; Saturday, April 11th 11am – 1pm; Sunday, April 12th 10am – 12pm)

Wednesday, April 15: 10:15am – 12pm*
Rosy Simas (from Minneapolis)
This class approaches body alignment from both anatomical and body-felt viewpoints, helping the student move with greater ease, efficiency and power.

Wednesday, May 13 10:15am – 12pm*
BodyCartography Project (from Minneapolis)
This workshop uses movement to reveal the connection between how we feel, how we think and how we act.

*Join us after class for Talk & Chew: Enjoy a light lunch and discussion with our visiting artists.


How to Sign Up For Class:

Use our flexible ClassPass for any Dance Place class within a three-month period. Attend any class that fits your schedule.

  • 10ClassPass: $120 for 10 classes
  • 5ClassPass: $60 for 5 classes
  • Pro/MemberPass: $100 for 10 classes or performances. (These passes are available to current Dance Place Members or dance professionals.)

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  • $10 (weekdays) or $15 (evenings and weekends)
  • First time students pay for one drop in class and your next class is FREE!
  • Seniors (55+) and college students drop in for $12 per class.

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Free classes in exchange for volunteering at Dance Place. More Info.

Class Descriptions

Explore the richness of African Dance traditions from Guinea, Mali and Senegal.

Learn the history, movement and rhythm of traditional Yoruba and Orisha dances. For all levels.

Enhance your balance, weight shifting and range of movement through a unique blend of ballet warm up and Laban Space Harmony.

Learn a variety of urban dance styles, including popping, locking and house, taught by a rotating team of renowned guest instructors.

An enjoyable fusion of jazz, modern and ballet techniques danced to a spectrum of music from jazz and R&B to house music and Broadway tunes.

Experience a wide range of dance and movement techniques including Laban/Bartinieff, Horton, Social Dance and Yoga, using floorwork, gesture phrases and combinations.

Experienced dancers can enjoy fun, gentle dance technique with movement exploration, grounded in Laban Movement Analysis.

Culminate in public performances at Dance Place. See separate registration forms for class descriptions and performance dates.

Learn the social dance Rueda de Casino and other Cuban dance forms. The classes use popular music including Son, Songo, Changui and Timba.

Header photo: Coyaba Dance Theater (c) Enoch Chan 2013