Get moving at San Francisco's top dance studios

Photo: Alonzo King LINES Dance Center/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on August 23, 2019.

Unlike other exercise routines, dance packs the punch of both fitness and fun. And SF workout enthusiasts have the opportunity to learn from the best professional dance instructors, many of whom double as performers. 

To find the top dance studios in the area, Hoodline analyzed data from Yelp, Facebook and ClassPass to identify which studios are the most popular. Read on for the results.

(Bonus: You can try them all out if you're a member of ClassPass, a monthly fitness membership that provides access to thousands of different studios, gyms and wellness offerings.)

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Alonzo King LINES Dance Center

26 Seventh St., Floor 2, SoMa

Photo: Alonzo King LINES Dance Center/Yelp

Alonzo King LINES Dance Center is San Francisco's favorite dance studio by the numbers, with 4.9 stars out of 8,336 reviews on ClassPass, 4.5 stars out of 128 reviews on Yelp and 45,053 fans on Facebook.

The global company performs original works of contemporary ballet created by choreographer Alonzo King, but also teaches the nuts and bolts of dance to students. 

"As the home of LINES Ballet, the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center offers more than 80 classes a week in disciplines and styles that support the creation of contemporary dance," notes the business's profile on ClassPass. "It also offers workshops and master classes that provide access to incredible choreographers, companies and artists."

Learn more about the Dance Center's selection of classes on ClassPass here.

RAE Studios

414 Mason St., Suite 705, Lower Nob Hill

Photo: RAE Studios/Yelp

With 4.8 stars out of 7,464 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of 72 reviews on Yelp and 2,036 fans on Facebook, RAE Studios has garnered plenty of local fans.

"Rae Studios is a boutique dance and fitness center overlooking downtown San Francisco," explains the business's profile on ClassPass. "With wall-to-wall mirrors, high ceilings, stretch bars, window-side resting area and our electrifying in-house dance and fitness instructors, Rae Studios is the perfect solution for group exercise."

See what people are saying about RAE Studios' offerings on ClassPass here.

The City Waves

3221 22nd St., Mission

The City Waves | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.9 stars out of 354 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of 12 reviews on Yelp and 1,979 fans on Facebook, The City Waves holds its own among the competition.

"The City Waves was founded by Alessandro Moruzzi and Vehllia Tranne, certified 5Rhythms Teachers and accredited 5Rhythms Teachers Association members," according to the business's ClassPass profile. "All of their classes and workshops count towards The Dancing Path to 5Rhythms Teacher Training. They offer 5Rhythms classes and workshops in San Francisco."

Take a look at reviews of The City Waves' selection of classes on ClassPass here.

VRV3 Studios

1419 Stockton St., Russian Hill

VRV3 Studios | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.9 stars out of 3,757 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of 53 reviews on Yelp and 462 fans on Facebook, VRV3 Studios is another popular local pick.

"VRV3 Studios is committed to providing expertise in pole fitness and dance in a safe and inclusive community," the business states on its Yelp page. "We aim to foster a welcoming and creative space where clients can learn about our unique fitness regime that combines artistry and strength. VRV3 Studios will tap into your undiscovered confidence and bring out your beast mode with engaging classes that safely teach students how to push themselves beyond what they thought they could achieve."

Learn more about VRV3 Studios' selection of classes on ClassPass here.

This story was created automatically using ClassPass and other local business data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.

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