Help Me Find My Dance Home
Even before getting injured, I was never a big fan of ballet. Tap, jazz and theater dance were much more up my alley. But my lack of ballet training was always evident in my dancing. I’m convinced that lack of technique was a big contributing factor to my injury.
Since I was starting over again anyway, I decided why not do it the right way this time? I have been going to 2-3 ballet classes a week for almost 3 months now. At first, I forced myself through the ballet with constant reminders of how important it is for me. But as I started to gain back some dancer confidence, and just allow my body to take it all in, it became less of a struggle and more enjoyable.
That part of my brain is starting to defrost a bit, and my dancer muscles are slowly but surely re-engaging. Thankfully, I am starting to feel less like a beginner and more like dance and I are getting reacquainted.
But even though ballet and I are friendly now, I’m still left wanting more. At this level, ballet class is almost all technique work. I’ve had few opportunities to completely let go. To just be on the dance floor. I guess that’s why I am feeling a constant pull to get back into tap and jazz classes.
Dance is no longer my challenge. Now, my challenge is finding the right studio to continue my training. I love my ballet studio. I wish I could take all of my classes there. Unfortunately though, they don’t teach the classes I need.
The major uptown studios have all the necessary classes, but I am not a fan of the environment. If the classroom is too crowded to extend your leg out fully, then what is the point? I don’t want to pay $15-$18 a class just to mark my way through...
So here is where you all come in. I need your help! Does anyone have recommendations for NYC clean, quality dance studios that offer tap, jazz and theater dance and still have enough room to accommodate their dancers? I am excited about continuing down this path of dance rehab, but I can’t do it without the right tools...