Finding Dance Classes in Jakarta
Legendary ballerina Suzanne Farrell once said “Plié is the first thing you learn, and the last thing you master”. So whether you’re gearing up the kiddos for their first pair of dancing shoes, or you want to pick up where you left off, we found the best dance academies that will have you rocking the pas-de-deux in no time.
Steps Dance Academy
Ballet classes are available from Early Dance Program (3 and 4 year olds) to adult classes. If classical ballet is not your cup of tea, you can sign up for their modern contemporary classes, which are available from young children all the way to pre-professional. Or get shakin’ with their hip-hop class. Steps has recreational courses and an academy program with a syllabus that gives you the opportunity to join the Student Company.
Steps Dance Academy, Art & Culture Edutainment Center, Lotte Shopping Avenue Floor 3F, Jl. Prof Dr. Satrio Kav 3-5, Jakarta, p. 021 2988 8640/41 (multiple locations, see website for details).
One of the oldest dance centres in Indonesia, Marlupi’s ballet programs were adapted from the UK’s Royal Academy of Dance and the Beijing Dance Academy. The school also offers classes such as jazz, hip-hop and contemporary, and fitness-oriented classes, including Tae Bo, standing Pilates, and cardio-dance.
Marlupi, Jl. Green Ville Maisonette FB 8, Jakarta, p. 021 565 6303 (multiple locations, see website for details).
Forever Dance Centre
A sister company to Marlupi, Forever Dance Centre offers the same programs and certifications as Marlupi but specialize in hip-hop and K-pop dance. For a preview of these trendy dance styles that are popular with teens and adults, you can check out videos on their website of these class groups performing.
Forever Dance Center, Jl. Pulomas Timur 2 No 116, Jakarta, p. 021 4786 6343
Belly Dance Jakarta
Shake and roll that belly at Belly Dance Jakarta. Not only do you get to wear sexy belly-dancing getups, you’ll get an insane abs and cardio workout. Belly Dance Jakarta focuses on the elegant Egyptian belly dancing, and students get to perform their skills at international festivals, weddings, and private functions.
Belly Dance Jakarta, Jl. Mas Putih Blok D-48, Jakarta, p. 021 981 3346
Ballet Sumber Cipta
Ballet Sumber Cipta is probably the best place to go if you are looking for variety. Founded by Indonesia’s “Maestro of Ballet” Farida Oetoyo, the center has extensive ballet classes with Russian teaching methods, hip-hop, and instruction in styles that include Balinese, Javanese, Arabic, and ballroom. Quite a list!
Ballet Sumber Cipta, Jl. Pondok Pinang Raya No. 1, Jakarta, p. 021 765 9467 (multiple locations, check website for details)
Kemang Dance Center
There is a strong international flare at the Kemang Dance Center. Ballet classes are based on the UK’s Royal Academy Dance syllabus, while its jazz-ballet standards come from the Australian Teachers of Dancing. The center can also help adults who wish to continue recreational training because sometimes we just miss those cute tutu skirts! The offerings are rounded out with Pilates and belly dancing.
Kemang Dance Center, Jl. Bangka Raya No. 5C, Jakarta, p. 021 7179 4726.
Namarina is probably the best-known dance center in Jakarta. Children as young as 3 can start ballet classes, while intermediate classes, which include classical ballet, free movement and pointe work, are a bit more serious and require twice a week attendance. Jazz classes and fitness programs are also available.
Namarina, Jl. Halimun No.43, Jakarta (Main Center), p. 021 829 4777. (Multiple locations, see website for details).
Salsa Class & Latin Nights
Learn salsa dancing in a vibrant party atmosphere with Salsa Class & Latin Nights. Classes are held in different venues, such as Spanky’s and Amigos Restaurant in Kemang and the Tempus Club inside the Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan. Classes in salsa, salsa for children, and tango are followed by a live band and the opportunity to show off your skill on a real dance floor.
Salsa Class & Latin Nights, p. 0813 1832 2899 (Multiple locations, see website for details).
Top Image: Kemang Dance Centre