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As an adult, my passion for dance has not died, but my schedule has undoubtedly become busier. Between work, family obligations, and social events, it’s hard to fit in regular exercise into my normal schedule. This is a common struggle for most adults, although, if you still love to take dance classes and live in New York City, I may have the perfect solution for you. ChoreoLounge is a dance community that offers casual, recreational dance sessions in the heart of New York City. Classes are in a safe and happy space so adult dancers can continue to explore their craft and passion at their own pace.
Daphne Liu, the founder of ChoreoLounge, felt herself in the same situation I just described and instead of making her passion take a backseat, she created a dance community that focuses on the relaxation that dance can bring to one’s life. The mission of ChoreoLounge is to help adult dancers continue to explore their craft, creativity, and passion all in a social, flexible, personal, and low-cost way. ChoreoLounge aims to create a happy and relaxed space where everyone is free to create, learn, and move with friends.
All sessions are 90 minutes and taught by a scheduled choreographer. Sessions range from level I (beginner) to level III (intricate) in a variety of different styles including hip-hop, jazz, Latin fusion heels, AfroHouse, contemporary, and Bhangra hip-hop. Each class consists of a short warm-up, a choreography combination, and then concludes with group video shoots. ChoreoLounge hosts weekly sessions in Manhattan at two locations: at Ripley-Grier Studios and Arts on Site.
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Dancers can join a session to learn and practice choreography or teach their own session to create and share choreography with the whole ChoreoLounge community. ChoreoLounge actually gives people the opportunity to reveal combinations that they’ve put together and make them come to life among friends and fellow dancers. Private one-on-one, group, and company event sessions can also be requested with any choreographer on staff.
At this point in my life, it would be very intimidating to just jump back into traditional dance classes, which is why a concept like ChoreoLounge is so important for those of us who are not professional dancers but are still passionate about dance. This community is committed to hosting a stress-free, judgement-free, and intimidation-free environment unlike some traditional adult dance classes. As busy adults, self-care is so important to fit into our everyday routines. I know, for me, expressing myself during weekly classes at a place like ChoreoLounge would allow me to start off every week thinking clearly and with my best foot forward.
Learn more about ChoreoLounge at choreolounge.com or follow ChoreoLounge on Instagram and Facebook @choreolounge.