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Dance Studios

Arthur Murray Manhattan

286 Fifth Avenue, nr. 30th St., third fl.; 212-473-2623;

Named for the late New York dance legend and instructor to the stars (Jack Dempsey and Eleanor Roosevelt were protégés), the midtown studio specializes in classes for engaged couples. Other genres, including salsa and ballroom, are also available. The studio offers a lifeline to the hopelessly two-left-footed, who can still learn enough to own the dance floor on their big days. A single lesson is $29; prices range from there.

Ballroom Wedding Dance

37 W. 26th St., nr. Broadway, ninth fl.; 917-375-3027;

This studio works exclusively with wedding-bound couples looking to nail their first dance, whether it’s the rumba or the foxtrot. Private lessons are $67 to $89 per hour.

Dance Manhattan

39 W. 19th St., nr. Sixth Ave., fifth fl; 212-807-0802;

Most couples opt for five private sessions ($430) with this studio’s instructors, who can school you in styles like the Argentine tango, salsa, ballroom, and swing.


500 Eighth Ave., nr. 35th St., twelfth fl.; 917-459-3990;

Simone Assboeck has been helping couples find their rhythm for the past fifteen years. Private lessons start at $88; group packages from $70 for a four-week cycle.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios

201 E. 34th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-697-6535

Co-founded by the iconic twinkletoes himself, the school was created in the belief, as Astaire put it, that “all the good dancers…have been taught.” It’s a philosophy to put the newbie at ease. Instruction in many genres (Latin, Night Club, Ballroom) is available, though it’s for weddings that the studios are renowned. Beginning with a $40 consultation, lessons can cover as little or as much as one wants, from a few basic steps for the newlyweds to partywide, Busby Berkley-style choreography.

Manhattan Ballroom Society

310 E. 42nd St., nr Second Ave. (various locations); 917-734-4778;

The inventive teachers at this company can choreograph a routine to any song and help couples rehearse other big-day dances. Styles range from ballroom and swing to Latin and salsa. $95 per hour-long lesson.

NY Wedding Dance

1261 Broadway, nr. 32nd St., Ste. 510; 646-742-1520;

Take lessons on-site, then leave with a recorded DVD of your session so you can practice at home. Six lessons for $528.

Sandra Cameron Dance Center

439 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl., second fl.; 212-431-1825;

Instructor Sandra Cameron is a three-time U.S. ballroom-dancing champion. One-off private lessons are $95 per couple, per hour. The wedding package ($400) includes a month of group classes plus three private lessons.

Stepping Out Studios

37 W. 26th St., nr. Broadway, ninth fl.; 646-742-9400;

More than 60 group classes are offered by the award-winning staff at this studio. The introductory package is $20; private lessons are also available.

Wedding Day Dance

520 Eighth Ave., at 36th St.; 917-796-4960;

Never fear: The instructors here focus on wedding dances for all skill levels. Packages offer three lessons for $225 or five for $350. Private classes are $80.

Zack's Dance Loft

37 E. 28th St., nr. Park Ave., Ste. 206; 212-464-7506;

You can learn the basics or choreograph an elaborate number here. Private lessons ($70 to $95 per hour) include an inhibition-melting glass of wine.

From the Summer 2014 New York Wedding Guide


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