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5 Chicago dance studios for adult beginners

Written by
Catherine Tully

Have you ever considered taking a dance class as an adult? Maybe you used to take dance in college, or perhaps you’ve always wanted to give it a try.

Regardless of why you have the itch, it can be hard to know where to begin. You may have to try a few studios to find the right fit, but when you connect with one you enjoy it can be a really fun way to exercise.

Here's a short list of Chicago studios where you can find basic dance classes for adults. While it is by no means comprehensive, it gives you a few places to start.

Visceral Dance Center Here you’ll find six-week beginner sessions in ballet, jazz and modern dance. The cost is $90, and the sessions are ongoing. You may watch a class if you like, just check in with the person at the desk. (This might be a good idea before jumping in, as here you can't just take one beginner class.)

American Rhythm Center You'll find a wide range of options at ARC, including beginners classes in Flamenco and tap. Drop in classes are $15 and the four-week classes run $50.

Lou Conte Dance Studio LCDS offers single classes at $15 each, and they have basic-level modern, jazz and ballet classes. Sign in at the desk if you want to watch a class, or just go ahead and try one out.

The Joffrey Academy of Dance - Adult Open Division Classes at Joffrey cost $15 as well, and they have a basic ballet and basic tap classes that are ongoing. While you aren’t able to observe a class ahead of time, you can take a single class to see if you like it.

Old Town School of Folk Music If the thought of an international dance class sounds good to you, this is the perfect spot. Offerings here include Latin dance, African dance and Brazilian dance. Prices vary, and upcoming sessions run for 8 weeks.

Most studios aren't too strict in terms of a "dress code," but for styles such as ballet and jazz, it can be a smart idea to invest in the right shoes. As for what to wear, make sure you don't hide the line of your body (think yoga pants and a fitted t-shirt or tank top), pull your hair back and keep jewelry to a minimum.

For a more detailed list of dance classes around town, take a peek at See Chicago Dance, which has a wide selection of studios and dance styles to choose from.

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