nyc dance programs

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dance isn’t just about fancy moves.

it’s an expression of who you are.

and a vehicle for reinvention.

this is a space for that kind of dance…

…the kind of dance you don’t need to measure up to or audition for, but rather, the kind of dance that you can do on your terms, in your own way, in the body you have right now, no matter how long it’s been since you last took a class (even if it’s been never), with a community who sees you, supports you, and inspires you.

Our intention is to create a safe space and an interconnected community where each person’s unique expression can encourage each other, and join forces to create collective change. If this is your jam, please read on and join us!


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


our next “dance rebel revival series” is starting april 15th.

More details will be revealed soon.

If you’re interested, join the email list below, and apply for a dance discovery session.

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i also teach adult beginner ballet and ballet-inspired workouts:

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If you are craving a gateway drug into dance, something dancey but still structured, a practice to help you feel stronger and empowered, and/or a new reason to come hang out with me in a gorgeous space with amazing people, join me for SHAKTIBALLET.

Most Tuesdays at 9:15am and Thursdays at 5:20pm you’ll find me at SHAKTIBARRE in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This is a unique yoga-barre workout combining isometric ballet movements, classical ballerina positions and techniques, vinyasa flow, chakra activation, and empowering meditation. Check the schedule and register here. Plus, use the promo code JESS to receive 10% off any class, one time!


ballet for dance rebels

I’ve been teaching adult beginner ballet classes for the last 5 years or so at Studio Maya which I love because it gives me a chance to teach an art form that I love in my own way, in a beautiful studio and with a community full of the most amazing people (who happen to laugh at my ballet jokes and sound effects and end up thinking ballet IS fun!).

Most Saturday mornings at 8:45am you’ll find me at Studio Maya in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. This adult ballet class has a full barre and then a simple, beginner-level combination in the center to learn and repeat, all to beautiful classical ballet music. Check the schedule and register here.

Most Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm you’ll find me at Brooklyn Center Stage, in Gowanus/Park Slope. This adult ballet class is a little more rebellious in the sense that we’ll use contemporary music, do a bit of floor barre/conditioning work in addition to some beginner-level combinations. Contact Valerie to sign up for the next series.


not sure which is the right fit for you?