Real talk: I used to think dance classes were for people who couldn’t handle “real” workout classes like Barry’s Bootcamp. Dance classes didn’t seem hardcore enough for me. Then one of two things happened. Either I got over myself or these classes got harder, probably both. Look around any of these dance classes and you see (mostly) women who are way stronger than me.
Today’s fitness market is packed, and it shouldn’t surprise you that New York City has many dance-focused offerings. They range far beyond traditional options like Zumba or Ballet. Some of the classes use dance to complement strength workouts within one session. Here’s a rundown of the dance classes currently trending in New York.
When a rep from the Philly-based allongée studio invited me to review their pop-up classes in New York, I was immediately into it. I vibed with their cool French name (which translates in English to “elongate”) and their gentle, warm, all lower-case, non-corporate website, oh and I love a barre-based workout. (See Pop Physique, Physique 57)
allongée hosts classes out of a studio space at Arts on Site at 12 St. Marks Place. This is the same building that Yoga to the People hosts classes. allongée hopes to open a studio in NYC in the next year or so,
Coincidentally, when I first moved to NY, I looked at an apartment right next to the Arts on Site building. While the block has changed a bit since 2012, it’s still party central. According to the NY Post, “there are an astonishing 32 liquor licenses within 500 feet.” There doesn’t seem to be a count of the head shops. My mom captured the scene by saying, “You might accidentally get a tattoo if you live here.”
Anyway, the apartment had no real windows and cost 100 million human dollars plus broker fee, so I moved elsewhere.
Right before I left town for the holidays, I got an email from a new studio called Pon de Flo. They invited me to their grand opening party and to try a class at their soon-to-be open Mott and Broome location. I couldn’t make the celebration but I did take them up on their offer of a free class.
What is Pon de Flo? in their own words, “Pon De FLO is a Caribbean reggae dance based fitness program structured around high intensity interval training. There will be burpees, jumps, squats and so much more! It will be intense – BUT it will be FUN!”
Tracy Anderson is the fitness trainer to many a glamorous gal. It’s well know that Gwyneth Paltrow is a client, but the list doesn’t end there. J. Lo, Lena Dunham and Kim Kardashian are all in on the action too.
As a fitness fan girl, I wanted to try her program for a long time. TA (as she is referred to) has a few Hamptons outposts, a Tribeca spot and a studio in London. A few weeks ago, my friend Katy and I signed up for her “TAVA” class at the East Hampton location. It’s conveniently located right in town.
TAVA is a cardio dance class, but its low impact, so there isn’t as much jumping as you might expect.
Let’s start with the basics. The class cost $45 + tax. This is $11 more than Barry’s Bootcamp ( NYC pricing, and still $5 more than Barry’s Hamptons rate) and $9 more than Physique 57. So it wasn’t cheap.