nyc dance programs
join a welcoming community of dance rebels who emphasize creativity and self-expression in the dance studio and beyond.
weekly classes +
you can dance again
On Monday evenings at 7:00pm we gather in NYC for the YCDA (You Can Dance Again) choreography series. These classes and rehearsals are a unique mix of modern, jazz, improv, and collaboration. It’s more than just a dance class; it’s a space where you can feel free to redefine dance and reclaim your expression - with a community who sees you and supports you for who you are. You’ll be guided in creating an original dance piece with a group of dancers of all levels, and performing it in a studio showcase.
life is weird, so take ballet
Most Saturday mornings at 8:45am you’ll find me at an open class at Studio Maya in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. This adult beginner classical ballet class has a full barre and then a simple, beginner-level combination in the center to learn and repeat, all to classical ballet music. Check the schedule and register here.
On Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm you’ll find me at Brooklyn Center Stage, in Gowanus/Park Slope for a Contemporary(ish) Ballet series. This adult ballet class is a little more rebellious in the sense that we’ll use contemporary music for our beginner-level combinations and build on them week to week. Next 6-week series begins Sep 4th; click here to register.
retreats + intensives:
This 1-day intensive is an experience of deep inner transformation that guides you in taking what's in your soul and making it into a solo dance piece by the end of the day. It's for you if you want to focus on creating a solo dance piece within the container of a supportive group of women. It’s especially for you if you’re in a period of transition in your life, and you see art-making as a powerful way to learn more about yourself, and to harness your power to invent, re-invent, and transform your world. Our next on is on Dec 7th in NYC - sign up here!
The amazing thing about the You Can Dance Again program is how it sparks creative growth that improves all areas of your life.
I feel like I am reclaiming parts of myself that I left behind when I abandoned dance years ago.
- Julie McAlinden
I’m learning so much more about myself than I ever thought I could and it's giving me the confidence to try and explore and create more.
I love the space Jess has created for us... It's not just about working on a dance, or the act of getting to dance again, it is so much more than that.
- Daniela Ramirez
Before starting YCDA, I struggled to find a dance class that resonated with me. I felt a bit lost and worried that there might not be a place for me.
YCDA has helped me to reawaken my own unique dance and open me up to new ways of movement.
- Marikit Catalano