It’s hard to watch a Rhumba, Jive or Waltz without getting up to dance. Here are the places in Los Angeles where you can learn to do it, like a pro.
3rd Street Dance Studio
8558 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles CA 90048
Specializing in Salsa, specialty dances and dance work outs, the owners of 3rd Street Dance have been in the business for over 20 years and have already reached celebrity status. In fact, for four years it served as the premier studio for popular series like Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance?
The Dance Doctor
1440 Fourth Street
Santa Monica CA 90401
When you pass by the glass doors of the John Cassese dance studio in Santa Monica, you can’t help but to stop and watch. You stand there and stare at what looks like a Ballroom dance competition and get an instant urge to try it yourself. What started as a small ad in a newspaper in 1984, has now become one of the most popular dance studios in Los Angeles. John Cassese is known as the “Dance Doctor” and offers many classes including Ballroom, Belly Dancing and even Country.
Let’s Dance LA Studio
17 South 1st Street
Alhambra CA 91801-3702
This Alhambra studio offers Tango, Salsa, Swing and Ballroom but they don’t limit themselves to just classes. They offer workshops as well as weekend live band concerts! Don’t forget to check out their events and giveaways. Perfect for beginners, this studio offers an easy to use, pay as you go punch card and gives discounts for students and military.
Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association
P.O. Box 91131
Pasadena CA 91109-1131
Owned by two very energetic sisters, Erin and Tami Stevens, the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association is a popular stop for Swing lovers. Specializing in this fun dance of the 30’s the Stevens sisters know a thing or two about Swing. In 1998 Erin and her then dance partner were invited to perform for President Clinton. Tami is currently writing a book on the history of Swing in America. Stop by for a dance party any weekend or come to check out the performing orchestra.
Walk In Dance Out
8049 W Manchester Ave.
Playa Del Rey CA 90293-794
Lou Schreiber, the owner of Walk In Dance Out studio, has been teaching dance for over 50 years and is no where close to retiring. His charm and humor puts people at ease but he won’t let you slack off, after all, he used to be a professor of Psychology! Lou’s favorite part is teaching wedding dances but the studio also offers Swing, Waltz and Samba among others.
17961 Sky Park Circle, Suite C.
Irvine CA 92614
733 Dunn Way
Placentia CA 92870
Every Friday night, all of SoCal’s Swing dancers (ok, most of them) gather at the Atomic Ballroom studio in Irvine for a night out of dancing. And with a fee of only 10 bucks and a live band, who can blame them. Swing is not your thing? Then come on Wednesdays for Salsa Atomica and get your groove on. Classes offered include Bolero, Foxtrot and Rumba.
Millennium Dance Complex
5113 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Want to dance like Beyoncé? How about Jennifer Lopez or Janet Jackson? Check out Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, a studio where many big Hollywood names got their start as dancers. With a sign above the check-in desk that reads, “Love all, serve all, dance more”, this place knows how to inspire and support beginners, professionals and everyone in between.
Waltz Through Life
4878 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Kristina Hayes, the founder of Waltz Through Life is just what every beginner needs. She is nurturing and makes you feel comfortable. Weather it’s your first dance as husband and wife or a life’s dream to to perfect your Salsa skills, she knows just the right approach. She teaches all forms of Ballroom dance and will come to you if you can’t make it to her studio.
Vilte S. Holstad has worked as an editor and writer and currently freelances and writes her own fashion/lifestyle blog, lace of time.