11 Dance Studios for Adults in Boston

Stop dreading the dance floor and enroll at one of Boston's many dance studios for adults.
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When you think about dance classes, your mind probably goes right to images of 5-year-old girls twirling around in pink tutus and satin slippers. But even if you left elementary school behind decades ago, there are plenty of places in the city to learn everything from ballet and jazz to pole dancing and hula.

1. The Dance Complex

If you want to try a little bit of everything, The Dance Complex is the place for you.  The studio offers an enormous range of classes that can be taken on a drop-in basis, such as hip hop, African dance, tango, flamenco, funk, and more.

Prices vary. 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-547-9363, dancecomplex.org

2. Boston Center for Adult Education

If you’re looking for a fun (ongoing) date idea, the Boston Center for Adult Education offers several four-session packages for couples’ dance lessons. Classes include ballroom, swing, and first wedding dance workshops.

Prices vary. 122 Arlington St., 617-267-4430, bcae.org

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3. Boston Ballet School

Indulge your childhood ballerina fantasies with classes taught by professional dancers at one of the Boston Ballet School’s three locations. Drop in for open adult classes on a pay-as-you-go basis, or attend more structured ballet workshops.

$18 per class or $150 for 10. 19 Clarendon St.; 617-456-6260; 863 Washington St., Newton; 617-456-6263; 40 Leggs Hill Road, Marblehead; 617-456-6380, bostonballet.org.

4. Hop to the Beat Dance Studio

Party like it’s 1920 with Lindy Hop and swing classes open to all levels. The Balboa, the Charleston, and other related dances are also mixed into the classes, which run for six-week long sessions at its Boston and Newton locations.

$65 for a six-week long session. Lower Falls Community Center, 545 Grove St., Newton Lower Falls and Ruggles Baptist Church, 874 Beacon St.; 508-435-2363, hoptothebeat.com.

5. The Studio: A Dance Center for Adults

Students must be at least 18 years old for all classes, meaning you’ll never have to share the floor with giggling high school girls. Classes include ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, Broadway, contemporary, lyrical, pop jazz, and belly dance.

$15 for drop-ins. 1404 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-879-2732, studiodcfa.com.

6. Gypsy Rose

Your mother may not approve, but you’ll have a blast (and get a great workout) at Gypsy Rose’s pole dancing classes. Take your pick among saucy options like Pole-On-The-Go, Chair Flair, and, for the truly brave, Exxxotic Dancing.

Prices vary. 1 Braintree St., Allston, 617-903-3093, gypsyrosedancing.com.

7. Flamenco Boston

Flamenco Boston offers classes at a range of experience levels, all offered on an ongoing basis. Contact the studio for pricing.

Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., Boston, flamencoboston.com.

8. Extreme Dance Sport

This studio, located in Cambridge, offers group and private lessons in a variety of styles, like ballroom, club salsa, swing, and Argentine tango. The schedule also features dance bootcamps for getting seriously in shape.

Prices vary. 26 New St., Suite 3, Cambridge, 617-492-2122, extremedancesport.com.

9. Boston Bhangra

Bhangra, the traditional agricultural folk music and dance of the Punjab region of India, comes with a lively, energetic style of dance. The studio has classes open to all skill levels, with drop-ins from $15 to $18.

$15-$18. 1404A Beacon St., Brookline, 617-687-9181, bostonbhangra.com

10. Polynesian Dance Arts

Pretend you’re basking in the Hawaiian sun with the help of Polynesian Dance Arts. You can start from scratch with the company’s hula and Tahitian classes for beginners, and then move up to intermediate and advanced options as you progress.

$15 for one class, $60 for five, or $100 for 10. Deborah Mason School of Dance, 32 Cottage Park Ave., Cambridge; 781-729-2252; polynesiandancearts.com

11. Urbanity Dance

Dancers at Urbanity must be at least intermediate level, but those who are can take contemporary lessons from this company. Yoga classes are also available.

$15. 1180 Washington St., Boston, 617-572-3727, urbanitydance.org.

Jamie Ducharme Jamie Ducharme, Health Editor at Boston Magazine jducharme@bostonmagazine.com

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