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Can I try out a dance class before registering for the full semester?

YES! For any Adult Absolute Beginner class, you may purchase a single class card for the first session of each term. You simply pay the balance before the 2nd class meeting. This does not apply to any Adult Beginner and Open Level classes, which are available only by single-class, 10-class or 20-class cards.

If you would like your child to try a Children’s dance class, s/he may try the first class of the semester for free. Simply fill out a 92Y Harkness Dance Center Try-A-Class form and return it to the 2nd Floor Dance Center office before the class meets. If your child enjoys the class and would like to continue, registration must be completed within 48 hours of the trial date. Because class sizes are limited and many classes fill, only registration ensures a place in class. Participation in Try-A-Class does not guarantee placement.

Can I start taking classes in the middle of a semester or do I have to sign up from the beginning?

Adults are welcome to start dancing any time by purchasing a single-class, 10-class or 20-class card. If you are new to dance, we recommend that you register for the full term of an Absolute Beginner class to get a good foundation of technique. If you have danced before or feel comfortable modifying movement for yourself as needed for any Beginner or Open Level classes, you are welcome to drop in with a class card as your schedule and interest allow.

Children and teens must register for the full semester. New students will not be accepted after the third week of class and must wait until the following semester to join. Please note that we do not prorate for late starts for Children’s and absolute beginner adult classes.

If I register for a class and miss one, am I allowed to do a make-up?

Students may make up any missed Absolute Beginner dance classes in the following term by informing the instructor.

It is not Dance Center policy to provide make-up classes or issue refunds for children and teens for classes missed due to illness, emergencies, acts of God, or other events beyond our control.

How do I know which level to sign up for?

We recommend that adults who are new to dance or are still working on the basics of their dance technique to register for an Absolute Beginner level course. Beginner level classes may be appropriate for students who are trying a new style, or who have not danced in a long time and would like a refresher on the basics. Students should have fundamental understanding of their dance technique to be ready for Open Level courses.

Children and teens must be the specified age for class by the date the first class meets. Students that are new to dance are welcome to take any of our basics classes for the specified age. Currently enrolled students receive an evaluation at the end of the spring semester with a teacher recommendation for the level to register for the following year. Students that are new to 92Y and have dance experience may try the first class of the semester as a placement evaluation. The Dance Center staff is also happy to speak directly with new families to find an appropriate course and level.

Do you rent studio space for rehearsals?

Yes! We have three studios available for rent for dance rehearsals only (no classes, no workshops and no private lessons). Chelsea Spraker schedules the space. You may reach her by calling 212.415.5554 or by e-mail. Prospective renters will need to complete a Space Grant Application, available on our website.

Is there a dress code for the class? Where do I buy the clothing?

Yes. Here is a link to the Dress Code for Adults and here is a link to the Dress Code for Children.

As a member of the 92Y May Center for Health & Fitness, am I eligible for any discounts?

Yes. We offer a 25% Discount off of a full semester registration for May Center Members. You must register for the full semester to be eligible for the discount.

As a senior citizen (age 62 or older), am I eligible for any discount?

Yes. We offer a 5% discount off of full semester registration for ages 62 and up. You must register for the entire semester.

Do I need to be a member of 92Y to take a dance class?

No. Anyone can register for dance classes or purchase class cards, regardless of membership with 92Y. However, we do offer a 25% Discount to May Center Members off of full semester registration.