I have a wonderful friend named Alena who told me about a dance studio I had never even heard about! It's called LIBERATED MOVEMENT. I have never been - but Alena says: "They have lots of beginner-friendly classes and all classes are pay-what-you-can (with a $5 suggested donation). I have been to a couple of classes and have enjoyed them a lot!"
Based on their website they appear to be like a dance version of Yoga to the People! (Yoga to the People's mission statement: Yoga to the People is a unique yoga studio with the goal of recapturing what we consider to be the essence of yoga… simply put, yoga made available to everyone.)
At any rate - Liberated Movement's schedule looks as though it offers some really interesting classes that aren't offered elsewhere - such as West African, GLEE Themed, super stretch, and Masala Bhangra Indian Dance, as well a more traditional offerings such as theatre, contemporary, and hip-hop. I'm definitely going to be checking it out! It seems like a great way to be able to afford class here and there without being on a full work study program.
Also, I was glancing at the class offerings and I realized I have a friend who is teaching one of the theatre classes - so if you see a class taught by Avi Asuleen (I believe she teaches every other Sunday 1-2p.m. - her next class is January 30th) - she is a great gal and a wonderful theatre dancer! (And for anyone who needs audition advice - she is the gal! She can AUDITION!) Her class is described:
A great class for actors, singers who move, or dancers looking to brush up on their acting! This class will begin with a high energy show tune warm up that will stretch, align, and tone the body. We will then move across the floor, working our kicks, turns, and jumps, and will culminate each week with an original center combination. Combinations will range stylistically from traditional theater through Fosse and Bennett, and will always help you dance with more confidence and style! Open to dancers of any level, although some previous dance experience is suggested but not required. Please wear comfortable clothes, and character shoes, jazz shoes, or jazz sneakers if you have them. Otherwise, bring a pair of socks!
THANK YOU ALENA for the great dance and fitness tip! This looks like a fabulous comfortable setting to get your movement on!:)