From ballet, latin and salsa to contemporary, hip hop, Bollywood, belly dancing or zumba – these HK dance classes won’t let you down.
Whether or not you consider yourself to be coordinated, there’s something about moving your arms and legs in different directions (sans weights) that feels freeing. The intimidation factor might still exist and, like any other fitness class, you may have to go a few times to find the one that takes you to a happy place. To help you figure out the one for you, we’ve rounded up a variety of Hong Kong dance classes (there are so many!) for you to try. From Ballet to Urban Dance or Bollywood, there’s no lack of options. So, check one out, leave your inhibitions at the door and dance your heart out!
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Salsa & Latin Dance
Dance With Style Studio
As a premier dance, events and entertainment company, Dance With Style, offers top quality Salsa and Bachata dance classes, catering to: Absolute Beginners, Improvers, Intermediate/Advanced Levels. The Absolute Beginner Class will take care of you, even if you’ve never set foot in a dance studio, whilst the Improver Class is for those who have completed the beginner level, and the Intermediate/Advance classes are for dancers who have been dancing for at least 3-4 months and want to hone their skills further. Dance with Style hosts 4-Week Classes every month in Wan Chai – so check out the website to pick your dates. It also specialises in corporate dance classes, corporate social nights, team building initiatives, event production and more!
Dance With Style Studio, Flat E, 1/F Cheong Hong Mansion, 25-33 Johnston Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 63896213, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dancewithstylehk.com
DanzStage specialises in the art of partner dancing. So, whether you’re looking to learn some flowy Salsa, passion-filled Tango, classy Ballroom, or just try out a new spot for date night, it’s definitely a place to check out!
While it has a heavy focus on Latin dance styles including Salsa, Mambo, Argentine Tango, Bachata, Pachanga, and Latin Ballroom, DANCETRINITY is a one-stop-shop for anything dance. So, drop by and check out one of the above, or give the Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, or fill-in-the-blank dance classes a try instead.
As a leading Argentine Tango school in Hong Kong, Trio Spin focuses on providing a wide range of Tango classes for all levels in a cosy space. And if you’re looking to change it up, check out the Bollywood class offering as well!
Avant Dance Studio
As a dance school focused on teaching ballet to adults, the Avant Dance school is a perfect place for exploring your ballet dreams at whatever level you might be. It also offers students the ability to participate in group and solo competitions for whenever you might be ready to show off your new and improved set of twinkle toes!
Long-running ballet school, Gravity Ballet, specialises in adult ballet courses from beginners through to professional dancers, including soft and pointe shoe training. No matter your age, it strives to help passionate dancers achieve their dance goals. And with locations on either side of the 852, you can select whichever spot works for you!
Hong Kong Youth Academy
For those of you who are less confident about your dance skills but enjoy ballet, check out the open ballet class at the Hong Kong Youth Academy. The class is designed for ballet lovers to enjoy ballet as an art form while being taught by its highly-qualified instructors.
Russian Ballet School
An admirer of the Russian Ballet? You don’t have to go far to try it out! The Russian Ballet School in Hong Kong is devoted to the Vaganova system of ballet which is highly disciplined and is designed to avoid injuries. It’s the perfect place to bring out your inner Russian ballerina.
Twinkle Dance Company
Another ballet school that is worth checking out, no matter what your previous ballet experience might be, is Twinkle Dance. Though most classes are for kids, the adult classes enable you to gain a good understanding of classical ballet while also developing grace, strength and flexibility. All while having a great time, of course!
The 5th Position Method
The 5th Position Method is all about the idea of creating a deep anatomical understanding of ballet by inspiring intelligent exploration of dance through movement. Check out one of the Floor Barre classes or the classical and contemporary ballet training sessions and learn a new way of moving.
Hip Hop, Urban Dance & Jazz
Owned by dance industry veterans Haruna Kunisawa and Kenny Wong, BeDREX provides a platform for dancers of all levels to learn from some of the best dance teachers in the Hong Kong community. From jazz funk to locking, waacking to house, BeDREX has a little bit of something for everyone (a Team Sassy favourite, this studio has been thoroughly tried and tested and it has our stamp of approval). There are classes every day, and drop-ins are always welcome, so this could be the push you need to try a new style. Check them out on Instagram to learn more!
Billy Chan Dance Concepts
Billy Chan Dance Concepts focuses on technique, understanding the devotion and passion that one can have for dance, and using that to find joy and happiness within ourselves. Check out one of the innovative and professional programmes focused on Hip Hop and Jazz, or try out a Breaking or Popping session and pop, lock, and drop it!
Hosting some of the most intense dance classes in Hong Kong, Crewplayers is also well known for bringing world-renowned choreographers to the Hong Kong scene. While most of the classes are conducted in Cantonese, the staff and teachers have never been anything less than accommodating and welcoming to all students who drop by. The classes cover all styles from the urban, jazz funk and hip hop family so we’re sure you’ll find something you like.
Dance@Central Hong Kong
With a focus on mental and physical health, Dance@Central provides dance class options that create that “feel good” vibe. Pop by and amp up your Jazz and/or Hip Hop skills by checking out one of the various offerings, or take advantage of the private coaching and learn your own personalised choreo!
Neverland Dance House
With “Dance is the Language of the Soul” as the motto, Neverland is dedicated to promoting pop-dance culture. It specialises in teaching Urban Dance, Hip Hop, and Jazz, but also provide classes in Kpop, Waacking, and House. And for those of you looking to take your dance techniques to the next level, check out its specialised training sessions and level up!
Ones To Watch Dance Company
Leading the Hong Kong dance scene since 2000, Ones To Watch prides itself on providing a “professional experience at a personal level”. Ones To Watch has classes of all styles accessible for any and all dance levels. Well versed in the performance scene, you can rest assured that your dance education is in some of the best hands in the business.
Russ Dance Factory
The Russ Dance Factory is a long-standing institution that offers women-only Hip Hop and Jazz Funk classes as well as separate sessions for the sassy men in your life. The classes are focused on what’s current and trending on the dance scene (which makes it a perfect place to gather a few moves to test when you’re out over the weekend).
Whether you’re an avid dancer or just want to be in a music video, Studiodanz focuses on Hip Hop, Urban Dance, and Jazz Funk training for folks at all levels. And for those who are looking to become professional dancers, it also offers a six-month intensive dancer development programme.
Studiodanz, Unit 3, 13/F, Eastern Centre, 1065 King’s Road, Hong Kong
Bollywood & Belly Dancing
Offering classes for students of all levels, Binita Dance offers drop-in Bollywood dance classes that go through fun, new choreography each week, as well as three-week performance courses that will take you through the choreo of one of her live group performances. And if you’re into belly dance, check out one of her drop-in fusion belly dances. No matter what you choose, you’re guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face!
Whether you’re looking to burn some calories or get in your Bollywood fix, Doonya: The Bollywood Workout, has got you covered. Each class takes you through exotic choreography for 8-11 high-energy Bollywood songs that will ensure you have an amazing time while sweating it out and learning some fun dance moves (virtual classes now available). Check it out and channel your inner Bollywood Star.
Ever thought about starring in your own Bollywood music video? Ek2three can help you direct, choreograph, and produce your own dance video that will leave your Insta following stunned. And if that’s not your speed, check out one of the exciting classes and learn fun Bollywood dances that are inspired by the colour, sparkle and romance of Bollywood cinema.
ek2three, various locations across Hong Kong, www.ek2three.com
Hong Kong Bollywood Dance
Looking to add a shimmy to your step? Victor Kumar of Hong Kong Bollywood Dance will make sure you shake it out and let it all go while dancing to the best Bollywood tracks. Using his original choreography, he will ensure that you feel the joy of dancing while experiencing the energy of Bollywood.
Oasis Dance Centre
As Shakira said, “hips don’t lie” and this is especially true when it comes to Belly dancing. The Oasis Dance Centre is a long-standing Hong Kong-based Belly dancing company that has dedicated its efforts to promote this art form. It offers classes for people of all different levels as well as those that focus on various aspects of Belly dancing.
Looking for a high-energy Zumba session to sweat it all out? Apart from the TRX and ariel yoga classes, the studio also offers regular Zumba classes for those looking to put those dancing shoes on. Don’t worry if you’re a bit of a newbie, the dance routine changes once a few weeks so you can be familiarised with the moves. On top of that, the instructor pays close attention to each student’s abilities and will make sure you’re having a total blast every session whether you’re a beginner dancer or a veteran.
Bringing people together to get their sweat on is the name of the game for the Zumba classes at Amico Studio. The instructors take the “work” out of workout in all of their classes, including the Tango and ballroom dance classes. Stop by and give them all a try!
Dee Dream Life
Keeping in line with her philosophy that fitness and fun should be affordable and accessible to everyone, Dee Dream Live has created a fitness offering that does exactly that. The Zumba class specifically was created for people who are at any level of dance fitness. Once you check it out, you’ll quickly see why Zumba is often called an exercise in disguise!
As one of Hong Kong’s (very few) all-girls fitness studios, Fitness Bee is here to offer fun, dynamic Zumba classes for those looking to improve their cardio performance. Also known for their small class size (with only 2 to 4 students per session), you’ll receive personalised instructions based on your fitness level. For those who just can’t stop the beat (pardon the Hairspray reference), don’t forget to also check out the studio’s k-pop cardio dance and jazz funk classes!
The Yoga Room
Zumba classes at The Yoga Room focus on ensuring that you get a total workout. It combines all aspects of fitness by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. And if you’re looking to change it up, check out one of the yoga classes as well.
XP Fitness Hub
As one of the many offerings, Zumba at XP Fitness Hub focuses on cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility and boosting your energy – all while getting you grooving to some upbeat music. Having checked out a few of the classes myself, I can fully attest to the amazing dance abilities of the instructors!
Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Manisha Nair on 16, May 2019 and was updated by Lydia Ching on 17, September 2020.
Featured image courtesy of Doonya, image 1 courtesy of Dance With Style Studio, Image 2 courtesy of Avant Dance Studio via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of Russian Ballet School via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of BeDREX via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of Dance@Central Hong Kong via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Russ Dance Factory via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of Binita Dance via Facebook, image 8 courtesy of Hong Kong Bollywood Dance via Facebook, image 9 courtesy of Amico Studio, image 10 courtesy of Dee Dream Life.