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Since our first class in March 2010, we have offered an array of genres from gifted instructors who modify exercises to the variety of abilities and levels in class. Beginners are invited to join open level classes and are celebrated for their participation. We invite students to explore movement from a point of joy, not judgment. Through constant encouragement, positive feedback from other students, and seeing their own progress, our students begin to thrive on dance as a form of exercise and expression. We are creating a liberated movement.
We offer approximately 250 high-quality, well-structured, donation-based dance classes every year at Battery Dance Studios in lower Manhattan. Our class demographic is largely young adults (20s-30s) with some attendance by older adults (40s-80s). Cash donations are collected anonymously after class, or students can donate online. Our weekday classes are 1 hour, due to the limited availability of the studio & also because it less intimidating to new dancers. We offer longer weekend workshops (1.5 hrs) for a minimum $10 donation, half the average dance class price in NYC, to cover extra rent; yet no one is turned away for lack of funds
We provide a safe & accepting studio where people can afford to learn to dance. Our classes are a valuable service for those experiencing barriers entering or returning to the world of dance. Our dancers are among the underpaid who struggle with NYC cost of living while seeking opportunities for artistic expression & forms of physical movement. They range widely in age, race, background, body type & level of experience. All of our classes are open level & in almost every class there are several beginners alongside students with trained experience. Students can expect the teacher to be willing to work with anyone at all levels & are encouraged to participate freely.
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