The Best Dance Studios In Los Angeles

February 26, 2015 12:54 AM

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Whether you’re a dance pro or not, it’s hard to watch a Rhumba, Jive or Waltz without wanting to get up and dance the night away. If you’re looking to learn how to dance or improve your skills, we’ve come up with the best places throughout Los Angeles where you can do it.

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3rd Street Dance Studio
8558 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 275-4683

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?. Here, you can also learn from the best in dance styles like the Tango, the Swing, the African dance of Kizomba, hip hop, performance, fitness, ballroom, and more. They even offer kids and teen classes, as well as private lessons if you want to tune up your skills for your wedding.

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The Dance Doctor
1440 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 459-2264

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. The professional instructors here and as experienced as it gets and teach both private lessons and group classes in styles such as Ballet, Bolero, Country and line dancing, hip hop, Merengue, Rumba, Salsa, Ballroom, Tango, and Waltz. John Cassese is known as the “Dance Doctor” and is nationally recognized for his diverse talents. In fact, he has even trained celebrities like Adam Sandler, Ut’s The Edge, Sir Ben Kingsley and others. Whether you’re a beginner or a trained dancer, lessons here are fun, challenging and a great form of working out and exercise.

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Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association
73 North Hill Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 799-5689

Owned by two very energetic sisters, Erin and Tami Stevens, the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association is a popular stop for Swing lovers and was started to promote all forms of dance. Offering beginners and advanced group classes (as well as private lessons), The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association works with all styles of swing dancing including Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Smooth Lindy, and Balboa, as well as Tango, Salsa and many more.

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Walk In Dance Out
449 Paseo De La Playa
Redondo Beach, CA 90022
(310) 373-8487

Lou Schreiber, the owner of Walk In Dance Out studio, has been teaching dance for over 60 years at this Redondo Beach location and is no where close to retiring. Putting people at ease with his charm and humor, Lou’s favorite part is teaching wedding dances but the studio also offers Swing, Waltz and Samba among others. Other offerings include Rumba, Argentine Tango, Swing Hustle, Cha Cha, Merengue, American Tango, Bolero, Night Club Disco 2 Step, West Coast Swing, Fox Trot, Samba, Street Hustle, Slow Dancing, Lindy Swing and the Triple Swing. What’s great about this dance studio is that if you’re a beginner, you can even try your first ballroom dance lesson before paying. All dance classes start every 6 weeks, and they offer dancing in all age groups from teens to people in their 70’s.

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Millennium Dance Complex
5113 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 753-5081

Want to dance like Beyoncé?  How about Jennifer Lopez or Janet Jackson? As Hollywood’s hottest dance studio, Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood is known worldwide and among the commercial dance community where 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. Learn from the best here whether you’re a beginner, a beginner intermediate, intermediate or an advanced dancer. They even offer kids classes.

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Waltz Through Life
4878 North Eagle Rock Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 559-0220

Dedicated to the joys of social dancing, Kristina Hayes and the founder of Waltz Through Life is just what every beginner needs. Taking a more nurturing approach, the goal here is to bring back the time when American’s knew how to be at a wedding or a party and really dance. So, whether 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.