The most important thing for a dancer is to practice, practice, practice.
In New York City, dancers can head over to Steps on Broadway on the Upper West Side to take classes geared to all ages and levels. Or try the Broadway Dance Center, which includes beginning tap and advanced jazz and ballet workshops featuring top-tier Broadway dance instructors. Another alternative is the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Though Ailey has a more intensive and highly selective program for career dancers, it also offers a series of public classes via the Ailey Extension program.
On the West Coast, pirouette over to the Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, where Hollywood’s best and brightest train. There’s a no-camera rule, but everyone is welcome to participate in any open class. For something more low-key, check out Heartbeat House in Atwater Village. The noncompetitive studio offers lessons at differing levels for all kinds of dance. And there’s always the 3rd Street Dance, where many who end up on “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” can be found.