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Beyonce, JLO, P!nk, and Rihanna regularly get to live out their creative dreams in music videos. As a woman, sometimes I’m envious that these pop stars get the opportunity to be free on camera and look amazing doing it. But, what if I told you that a place existed where every day women can also have the opportunity to dance in professional music videos? SassClass, based in New York City, is a dance studio that allows women to live out their dancing dreams alongside their “SassSisters” within a community of zero judgement. At this studio, dance is meant to feed the female body and soul.
SassClass defines itself as a dance performance program for the modern woman. Over the course of 3-10 weeks, groups of female students called “SassSisters” learn a dance routine in one of SassClass’s signature dance styles (sexy stilettos, fierce feminine hip-hop, burlesque, or contemporary fusion). In the end, the program culminates with a professionally shot and edited music video complete with special effects.
In 2016, Julia Sokol created SassClass as a way for women to get a release from some of the pressures in life. Sokol had found herself unhappy working in the advertising industry and initially moved to Hawaii to escape. Although, she wound up right back in New York to focus on the thing that inspired her the most, the women of New York City. Through her lifelong passion for dance, Sokol created SassClass simply to celebrate women. “I wanted to create a dance program, not just a class, and I wanted there to be a culmination which in our case is a professional video,” Sokol told thistleandinspire.com. Through the programs, students broaden their range of self-expression, explore their femininity, and form deep bonds with their “SassSisters.”
The goal of SassClass isn’t to be a perfect dancer, or to overextend yourself trying to look perfect. It’s just to let go, be free and have fun. The studio is open to all levels and beginner dancers, but that doesn’t mean the instruction isn’t top notch. In addition to Sokol, the SassClass staff includes a variety of well-trained dancers. Even well-known dancer and choreographer Shirlene Quigley is a guest instructor for SassClass! In addition to the dance programs, SassClass also offers Starlet by Sunday (weekend workshops), drop-in classes, and private parties and events.
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Sometimes, you make the best memories in life when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone to do something scary, like filming a music video. The beauty part of SassClass though, is that you are not doing this scary thing alone. Along with encouraging women to push themselves, SassClass provides women with a supportive community of friends. In today’s social climate, it's truly an inspiring accomplishment to create a positive outlet for anyone to live out their passions without judgement.
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