The Gift of Dance

Stumped for holiday gift ideas?  Maybe you have relatives or friends visiting from out of town and you’re tired of making the drive up to Hollywood to show off the Hollywood sign from a gas station parking lot.  Maybe you just have some extra time on your hands and want to ward off the winter chill with some indoor cardio.

LA’s dance scene is as diverse as its demographics.  Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a social dancer, or a focused barre flower, Los Angeles has countless gems for dancing.  Here’s just an idea of what you can find to get you out of the house and into the spirit of dance!

Cicada Club
The Cicada Club mixes vintage dress, dance, and delicious drinks all in the same classy nightclub!

Swing Dancing

If it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing, then head on over to one of LA’s swing dancing clubs!  Lindy Groove in Pasadena is one of the largest swing events in Southern California and offers lessons beforehand.  Swing dancing is a fun way to meet new people and learn some new moves in the process.  If you really want to class things up, doll yourself up and waltz through the vintage nightclub, the Cicada Club.  Dress up in your favorite vintage duds, take in the stunning art deco architecture, and enjoy the live Big Band music while you dance the night away.  Did I mention that they also have delicious drinks?

Great for: Social dancing, dressing up (optional, depending on venue), date night

 

Bollywood
These classes take the structure of a dance class with the fun of the Bollywood movies.

Bollywood – Spice it up this winter with Bollywood dancing!  Bollywood dance is a highly energetic dance form found in Indian films and often combines elements of classical Indian dance with modern movement and music.  You can find classes all over LA, but LA DanceFit Studio is great for a more workout-focused class, while NDM Bollywood Dance offer an experience focused more on the dance itself.

Great for: Structured classes, ridiculous amounts of fun, multicultural experiences, effortless cardio

 

Line Dancing
Cowboy hat: optional. Cowboy boots: necessary.

Line dancing – If country music is your jam, grab your boots and head to one of Los Angeles’ country bars!  I just got into line dancing last year at a friend’s birthday party and have been getting my friends addicted to the boot stompin’ moves ever since.  Line dancing is a fantastic for beginners because the steps repeat themselves, and most bars have free lessons if you get there early enough.  My personal fave is Cowboy Country in Long Beach, but Montana’s and In Cahoots are also solid options.

Great for: Beginners, cheap learnin’, and people watching

 

Aerial silks class
Aerial classes are like learning to be ninja, but half the mortal peril.

Aerial

Want to take your dancing to the next level (literally)?  Twinkle your toes in the air with one of Los Angeles’ many aerial studios.  Choose from hoop (lyra), silks, trapeze, and many others.  If you’re not afraid of heights, aerial is like an adult playground.  It can be a drag picking up the basics, but few classes can compete with the athleticism, the dynamism, and the all-out fun of aerial.  Try Cirque School, Hollywood Aerial Arts, or Fembody Fitness to get your circus career off the ground.

Great for: Intermediate to advanced dancers, athletic friends, adventure seekers (P.S. Make sure you’re not afraid of heights!)

 

Feel free to chime in in the comments if you know of any dance gems in Los Angeles!

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