7 great dance classes in San Francisco, from hip hop to Bollywood
Whether you are a very proud club kid or prefer to do your movements in the shower, many of us spend a good part of our lives dancing. When done with confidence, it’s one of the best ways to let go and enjoy life, if only for the time of a song.
Shy about your skills? There are a variety of classes in the city’s teaching styles, from classic to K-Pop. Grab a friend, put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to shake your thang.
Samba dance with percussion live at the ODC
Pretend you were at the Carnival and learn this vivacious Brazilian dance at the ODC, where live percussion guarantees you immersion in a rhythmic world. Leave your shoes at the door – this carefree dance is best done barefoot. // Fridays at 6 p.m., ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St. (Mission), odc.dance
What else they teach: everything: jazz, ballet, tap dance, hip hop, Afro-Haitian, flamenco, belly dancing, and more.
Hip Hop at Dance Mission
Build your self-confidence with punchy hip hop. At Dance Mission, Allan Frias’ class will teach you killer moves to your favorite club tunes. // Monday at 6.30 p.m., Mission Danse Theater, 3316 24th Saint (Mission), dancemission.com
What else they teach: salsa, samba, vogue and folk dances from Cuba, Haiti, Brazil and India
Pole Dancing at SF Pole & Dance
Pole dancing requires an incredible amount of strength, flexibility, and balance, so you’ll definitely want to start with the basics. Start by relaxing with a few key stretches, then move on to spins and floor work. You’ll be choreographing exciting routines before you know it. // Pole Foundations (intro) offered daily at various times, SF Pole & Dance, 301 8th Saint (SoMa), sfpoleanddance.com
What else do they teach: aerial straps, handstands, active flexibility and lyre
K-Pop at City Dance
Yes, Korean pop music still exists, in fact it is more popular than ever. Learn the specifics of the genre’s dance, which mixes movements from jazz, rock, hip hop and, of course, incredibly catchy pop. // Several levels of lessons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings;The Annex, 1420 Harrison (SoMa), citydance.org
What else they teach: Hip hop, popping, jazz and even turfing.
Bollywood at Duniya Dance & Drum Company
Learn some really fun footwork at Duniya’s Bollywood Classes, which combine fabulous Bollywood music with a variety of moves from Indian folk dances to modern hip hop. Combined, they form a diverse routine to make you dance like a star. //Fridays at 10:30 am, Community Wellness Center, 1001 rue Potrero (Mission), duniyadance.com
What else they teach: Bhangra as well as West African percussion and dance.
Pop star booty camp
Admit it: you already know a move or two from your favorite pop hits. Well, Pop Star Booty Camp exists exclusively for those who want to get started in Ciara’s “1-2 Step” (8:30 pm-10pm Tuesdays from November 19, 2019 to January 21, 2020); “Get Your Freak On” by Missy Elliott (5:30 pm-7pm Tuesdays from November 19, 2019 to January 21, 2020); and “Cold Hearted” by Paula Abdul (5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays from November 18, 2019 to January 20, 2020). In just a few weeks, you can perform the song for your friends. // Beginners can register for a free dance class at Eventbrite; The Pop Star Booty Camp Series ($ 160) takes place at LevyDance, 19 Heron St. (SoMa), popstarbootycamp.com
Salsa at Tianne Frias
What better way to learn salsa than with a three-time world champion? Frias is passionate about her work and it shows in her teaching style, where she demonstrates various movements and helps you learn them to perfection. Try a class and learn to move; it’s one of the most social dance styles around, so you’ll be sure to find yourself a salsa partner and new friends in no time. // Salsa by Tianne Frias, Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. 1275 Connecticut St. (Potrero Hill), tiannefrias.com/classes-salsa