Dance Classes That Don’t Suck: Adult Beginners in NYC + Brooklyn

I hear it all the time: where the hell can I find adult beginner dance classes that don’t suck?

You know, the ones that aren’t filled with fresh-out-of-high-school, eager young dancers who make you feel ancient. The ones that don’t feel cliquey and exclusive and full of regulars who make you feel irregular. The ones that focus less on technique and cardio, and more on fun. And oh, the ones that actually go at a slower paced beginner level - because so many seem to move so fast! Well look no more, because here’s a list just for you…

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i failed the 30-day meditation challenge

1 week into the #danceinmay2019 challenge, I popped on video to ask the group of participants to ask themselves:

who are you doing this for?

And of course I was asking myself the same question. So many times in the past I’ve participated in 30-day meditation challenges or the like, only to find myself petering out after a few days. Afterwards, I’d judge myself harshly as being lazy and noncommittal.

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let’s hear it for the negative

  • To the negative reviews and comments: for teaching me that not everyone will always like and approve of me or my words, and that’s ok, and I’m still ok.

  • To the negative bank account: for giving me the opportunity to realize that I’ll still exist and I still have value regardless of what the numbers say.

  • To the negative mood: for reminding me that boundaries are important and alone time can be medicine.

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is dance technique overrated?

“Spell your name in a dance, across the floor.”

They gave us this prompt at the audition for Oakland Ballet and I nearly froze in fear.

Improvise?! Perform something random that I create, that is not following exact choreography?! Nooooooo!!

That was 19-year-old me, and oh man was I stuck in the technical pursuit of perfection, without any sense of creative expression or me and my own voice.

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