All-Stars Dance Studios of Hollywood
In the Millennium Studios’ reel Jenny Lopez states: Some of these people dedicated all their lives to a dance, it could be a very tough life but it’s a beautiful life if you love doing it. Well, no one amongst thousands of working professionals living and sweating in LA doubts that. You can meet them in the classes offered by various Hollywood based studios. So, if you think being sore for most of your life is something for you, below you have a glimpse of what the most popular, all-stars type dance studios in Hollywood are about.
IDA Hollywood is a new dance facility located in the heart of Hollywood, just one block away from the world famous Kodak Theatre. Our facility includes five deluxe dance studios offering Open Classes in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Swing, Salsa, Bollywood, Belly Dancing and other techniques. The instructors are working industry professionals who have worked with a range of A-List celebrities from Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Paula Abdul and Prince - to name a few. Britney Spears, Rihanna, Lil Kim, Snoop Dogg, and The Pussy Cat Dolls had chosen IDA for their rehearsal space. IDA has already welcomed “America’s Best Dance Crew”, “Dancing with the Stars”, "So You Think You Can Dance?". In response to many dancers’ summons, IDA also offers Monthly Workshops. These workshops provide an opportunity for famous choreographers and dancers to teach students at IDA. Check out our workshop schedule - our guest teachers may surprise you. We also have an upcoming Summer Intensive for youth around the globe to come and visit Hollywood.
Some of their teachers whose classes you wouldn’t like to miss: Jennifer Nairn-Smith with Fosse Technique. Former dancer of The New York City Ballet. There she performed in thirty Balanchine Ballets, originating roles in ten of them. Six years later, she moved to Broadway, and danced in the original cast of the Tony-award winning Musical, "Pippin" for director/ choreographer Bob Fosse. After the birth of her son Cedric, she returned to New York and worked for Fosse again in the Academy Award winning movie, "All That Jazz".
Jillian Meyers, Masterclass Instructor, grew up dancing in Portland Oregon. There she trained in all styles of dance with teachers Erin Lee, Michelle Mckinney, Candalee Wrede, Diana Redding and Sarah Riggles. In 2004 she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her aspiration of becoming a professional dancer. She has performed alongside Wade Robson in his performance for the show, "Dancing with the Stars". She recently has just come off of Janet's, "Rock Witchu Tour". Currently she performed again on, "Dancing With the Stars," for John Legend. Ultimately, Jillian loves to dance and is excited by any experience related to her passion.
LaVelle Smith Jr., Masterclass Instructor, a long-time innovator and respected artist, LaVelle Smith Jr. is on the cutting edge of today’s entertainment industry with his award-winning dance routines for stage, television, video and film. He has been the five time winner of the MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography – 1992 for My Lovin’, 1993 for Free your Mind, 1994 for Whata Man, 1995 for Scream, and 2003 for Beyonce’s Crazy In Love, as well as the recipient of the Music Video Producers Award twice for Outstanding Choreography.He is one of the youngest inductees into the Millers Gallery of Greats, and has also received numerous other award nominations, including the Emmy and the winner of the SSDC Bob Fosse Award for Best Choreography.
A center for dance, EDGE, the facility, its location, and its unique cooperative environment have attracted the industry's best teachers and professionals. Classes for adults and teens are held by renown Hollywood teachers who train and choreograph today's leading dancers and entertainers. The teachers work with entertainers such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child, Michael Jackson, Prince, TLC, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, the Backstreet Boys, Rickey Martin and many more. They have appeared in hundreds of music videos, commercials, television shows, films and stage productions and companies including American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the Cleveland Ballet and the Tokyo Ballet company.There are typically over 50 teachers who use EDGE for their classes. Styles range from the classics, to modern, many styles of jazz, tap, hip hop, street and more. There are movement classes for actors, partnering classes for couples and singles, and other specialty classes throughout the year. Other classes at the center have included Acting, Improvisation, Voice, Gymnastics and Injury Prevention.Classes are generally between 1 - 2 hours in length and meet 1 to 3 times per week. Some teachers offer pre-registered courses that have a specific start and end date. Other sessions are closed or by invitation.
You might like to come to the classes tought by, Bill Prudich, Founder, Principal Executive Director, Scholarship Director of the EDGE. Especially worth going is his Turns Class. Bill is the Executive Director of EDGE Performing Arts Center and Co-Director of the EDGE Scholarship Program. He is a Director of L.A. DANCEFORCE and a Founding Member and Co-Owner of L.A. DanceForce Inc., where he is the Secretary and Chief Financial Officer. Bill is an instrumental component of the corporation and has been involved in every aspect of its operation from its beginning. Bill comes from modern and jazz companies on the East Coast having changed professions from medicine to dance. Arriving in Los Angeles on a dance scholarship, Bill has appeared in commercials for Hyundai, Crystal Light, Burger King and Kirin Beer. He was a featured performer on the 5th and 6th season of the original television series Fame, as well as multiple appearances on the series Amazing Stories and Shelley Duvall's, Faerie Tale Theatre. Bill can be seen in the feature films Back To The Future, Girls Just Want To Have Fun and Electric Boogaloo as well as the outrageous video Rappin' Rodney by Rodney Dangerfield. In addition to film, television, commercials and video, Bill has been involved in many live theatre and musical productions including A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Cabaret, Pippin and Carnival. Throughout his career, Bill has worked with an impressive list of artists that includes Francis Ford Coppola, John Lithgow, Christopher Hewitt, Harry Dean Stanton and Lolita Davidovich.
Kelby Brown, teaches ballet technique. His style is very neo-classical, which means for him: very classical, but with the use of hips, syncopated rhythms, quick and tricky allegros, contractions and off balance positions. Very Balanchine influenced. So far, his works include the opening number for the 2007 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards with Justin Timberlake and a Warner Brothers feature film, “Spring Breakdown.” Kelby has done many music videos, including Usher’s “Pop Your Collar,” as well as many live industrials, commercials and feature films. He most recently shot a sitcom comedy pilot with director, Phil Valentine. Kelby has made many guest appearances including MTV’s House of Style, Good Day Live LA, The Today Show and Oprah Winfrey.
Also a Ballet teacher, Eduard Kouzmitch, came to the U.S. from Minsk, Belarus and was a company member with the Belorussian State Dance Theatre, Belaya Rus Ballet Company as well as the National Dance Company of Mexico. Edouard has performed on stage and television throughout China, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Italy and Independent States of the former USSR. Go to his calsses if you’re not afraid to think while dancing classical ballet. Class very appropriate for contemporary dancers.
The MILLENNIUM DANCE COMPLEX is a professional dance center catering to the artistic community of the greater Los Angeles area. Many of the classes offered are geared toward working dancers, previously trained dancers or those who have the desire to learn to dance in an accelerated learning environment. Others are structured to accommodate children and adult beginners. All classes are taught by working performers and choreographers with extensive personal experience in the performing arts and a willingness to bring out the best in the students. For rehearsal and audition needs, Moro Landis Millennium offers several fully-equipped rental spaces. The spaces are widely used by show business industry hottest names, J. Lopez, M.Carey, B. Spears, J. Timberlake, J. Jackson. Moro Landis Millennium is conveniently located in the North Hollywood Arts District, adjacent to all major studios and a short drive from Hollywood.