Best of Boston

2003 Best Dance Studio

Dance Complex

Dance classes aren’t just for kids in pink tights and ballet slippers. A top-notch studio offers a variety of options that can make anyone feel footloose. The Dance Complex does just that by hosting an astonishing array of classes, including the traditional (ballet, jazz, tap), cultural (Afro-Brazilian, flamenco, Kathak), and simply funky (hip-hop, street funk, capoeira). Four floors of studios house the artist-run organization, which boasts teaching talent from some 20 countries. There’s a decidedly unpretentious and inclusive atmosphere in the affordable, drop-in classes—a relief when you’re getting up the courage to try Irish dance.

536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-9363,