This lovely multi-purpose dance studio is half Soho loft and half the prettiest high school gymnasium in town. It offers Jazzo—an original movement technique created by the owner—in Dance Hard classes, a meditative warmup that transitions into a full-body workout, and Jazzo Jam, a free-form dance party led by the members of the Mimoda Jazzo Gruppa theater company. They practice a form of supremely expressive movement that incorporates everything from Japanese butoh to Broadway jazz, and classes can feel like a ’70s-era love-in, in the best of ways—students show up wearing anything from yoga gear to sweats to regular street clothes. Attached to the studio is a busy café, owned by the same people who run the dance company and teach the classes in this very cool space. If you attend the class with a reluctant partner, they can always claim a seat on the second-story mezzanine inside the café, where a large window provides a view down on the classes.
|Venue name:||Mimoda Studio||Contact:|
5772 West Pico Blvd
|Opening hours:||Dance Hard: Tue, Thu, Sun 7:45pm; Jazzo Jam: Sun 8:30pm|