NC Dance District offers hip-hop dance lessons for adults of all levels

NC Dance District offers hip-hop dance lessons for adults of all levels

Project Full Out. Photo: Courtesy of NC Dance District co-owner Kellye Hall

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NC Dance District offers a range of dance classes and local performance opportunities in LoSo.

Why it matters: NC Dance District is the first and only hip-hop concentrated dance studio catering to adults in Charlotte. 

  • Founder Ana Ogbueze opened the studio as an outlet for dancers with all experience levels.   
  • “Most local studios focus on kids. We do our best to create opportunities for adults who want to train and perform,” Ogbueze tells Axios.  

Driving the news: Certain classes at NC Dance District during the month of November are free.

  • You can book one of eight classes with options for beginners and experienced dancers. View the full schedule here.  

Details: There are a variety of recurring hip-hop classes held between two dance rooms at 4109 Stuart Andrew Blvd

  • Most classes start with a warm-up and end with a wind-down stretch. In between, you’ll learn a step-by-step routine and perform the dance in small groups. 
  • More than a dozen experienced choreographers like Allison Lilly teach hour-long classes like Intro to Hip Hop, Stage Hip Hop 101, Commercial Choreo and AfroSass.  
  • Fun fact: Charity Holloway, a dancer from “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” show, was a choreographer at NC Dance District.

Cost: Membership rates depend on how many classes you want to take monthly.

  • It’s $40 a month for four dance classes, $75 for eight classes and $99 for 12 classes. 
  • A drop-in class is $15 and free during the month of your birthday.
  • Studio rentals range from $25 to $100 per hour.   

Bonus: Their studio offers performance opportunities through Project Full Out, their semi-annual show during the Charlotte International Arts Festival.

  • Auditions are open to everyone from beginning to experienced dancers. Training lasts six to eight weeks.

Photo: Courtesy of Kellye Hall

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

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