The Ultimate Guide: Online Dance Classes


20/10/2020

2020 has been a milestone year for the rise of online dance classes. Here we take a look at the ‘in’s and out’s’ of learning to dance in the comfort of your own home…..

What are online dance classes?

Online dance classes are workshops hosted by a teacher or choreographer from their own studio or home and broadcast via a platform such as Zoom, Facebook Live or Instagram Live etc. These classes can then be joined by students from anywhere in the world ‘as they happen’.

How do I take an online class?

Interested in taking a ‘virtual’ session? Check out this infographic with some do’s and don’ts!

Where are the best online dance classes?

The rise in popularity of online dance classes in 2020 means that you can find something for you ‘virtually’ any day of the week (see what I did there??!). Here’s a selection of some fantastic websites that specialise in online dance.

DNACERS

They may be one of the newest dance platforms to hit the market but DNACERS is a truly global affair featuring classes from leading choreographers across the world.

A timetable of daily live classes, in every style you can imagine, are available to book for one-off fees of around £8-£10 (subscribers pay half-price).

For a monthly subscription of £15 (or a one off yearly payment of £132) you can also get access to hundreds of on-demand to stream at your leisure.

DNACERS at a glance….

Website; dnacers.com
Features; Daily live class timetable and On-demand classes
Cost; Live Classes average £8-£12 (half price for subscribers), On-Demand Classes included in subscription (£15 monthly)
Choreographers include; Brendon Hansford, Liana Veda, Alex Mechanikool, Ricky Lam
Genres include; Ballet, Lyrical, Commercial, Popping, Pole, Hip Hop, Bollywood + many more

Pineapple Live

The world famous London based Pineapple studios now offers live streamed classes alongside their in-studio events via their Pineapple-Live! service.

A full timetable of live online dance classes are available 7-days a week and are bookable online or via the pineapple app.

Pineapple Live at a glance….

Website; pineapple.uk.com
Features; Live Classes Daily
Cost; Live Classes £4-6 average
Choreographers include; Anna Du Boisson, Danielle Barton, Avalon Rathgeb, Tarek Khwiss
Genres include; Kids, Ballet, Lyrical, Commercial, Heels + many more

Magnetic Studios

Magnetic Studios hosts a range of WestEnd and Broadway classes, workshops and seminars so are a must for any Musical Theatre fan.

Membership is free and classes are available both live and ‘rented’ for one-off fees. Weekly and monthly inclusive packages are also available therefore saving regular students some money.

For each class taken MM will make a donation to UK and Irish theatres in need and Equity’s Benevolent Fund aiding theatres and performers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Magnetic Studios at a glance….

Website; magnetic-studios.co.uk
Features; Live and On-demand (‘to rent’) Classes
Cost; Live Classes £5, On-Demand Classes £5; Inclusive packages available (weekly £15 and monthly £45) inclusive packages available
Choreographers include; Charise Renouf, Daniel James Greenway, Michael Lin, Jane McMurtrie, Josh Robinson
Genres include; Industry talks & Seminars + Ballet, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Tap and many more

Front & Centre

Front & Centre host a full Sunday timetable of dance classes and WestEnd/ Broadway Workshops, as well as intensives during school holidays. Each class is broadcast live via zoom and can be booked on the front-centre website.

Front & Centre at a glance….

Website; front-centre.co.uk
Features; Live Classes, Workshops and Intensives
Cost; Live Classes from £3.50, Workshops from £5.50; Intensives – 1 day pass £9 or £32 for the week. Monthly inclusive memberships also available (starting from £29.99 per month)
Choreographers include; Charise Renouf, Daniel James Greenway, Michael Lin, Jane McMurtrie, Josh Robinson
Genres include; WestEnd and Broadway workshops,

Independent Schools & Choreographers

There are also plenty of dance schools and that are set up to teach ‘remotely’ and some great ones to check out are;

Here to stay!

Even before the Covid pandemic there were already opportunities to take classes online. The emphasis on staying home in 2020 has therefore merely served to improve the popularity of this type of workshop. There are now many more opportunities to learn to dance or supplement your training with ‘virtual classes’ and it’s safe to say the online dance class is here to stay!

Have you tried an online dance class yet? Tell us about your experiences and favourite platforms in the comments below!

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