Portland's top dance studios, ranked

Portland's top dance studios, ranked
PulsePDX | Photo: Nerinna V./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on October 23, 2019.

Want to know where to go when it comes to dance in Portland?

Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned pro, there's no shortage of great dance options to consider in and around Portland.

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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3602 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Laurelhurst

PulsePDX | Photo: ClassPass

Open since 2011, PulsePDX is Portland's favorite dance studio by the numbers, with 4.8 stars out of 5,365 reviews on ClassPass, 4.5 stars out of 51 reviews on Yelp and 3,661 fans on Facebook. It's the top dance studio in the entire Portland metro area, according to ClassPass' rankings.

"PulsePDX is Portland's only Nightclub Group Fitness Studio," states the business's profile on ClassPass. "They currently offer 23 classes a week set under the pulsating lights and sounds of a nightclub or concert experience. Come check out the difference no mirrors and a fun setting can do for your workout."

Take a look at reviews of the classes at PulsePDX on ClassPass here.

Vega Dance Lab

1322 S.E. Water Ave., Buckman

Vega Dance Lab | Photo: Simeon J./Yelp

Also among Portland's favorites is Vega Dance Lab, with 4.8 stars out of 52 reviews on ClassPass, four stars out of 51 reviews on Yelp and 4,291 fans on Facebook.

"An adult dance studio, offering various formats of hip hop, jazz, lyrical, dance fitness and more," states the business's ClassPass profile. "Vega provides an atmosphere where adults can feel comfortable dancing without kids or tweens, where they can have sexy dance classes like Tease and Tone and Burlesque without feeling inappropriate, and where they can all laugh at themselves and dance without being self-conscious."

See what people are saying about the classes at Vega Dance Lab on ClassPass here.

Dance With Joy Studio's

8051 S.E. 16th Ave., Sellwood-Moreland

Dance With Joy Studio's | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.7 stars out of 128 reviews on ClassPass, 4.5 stars out of 18 reviews on Yelp and 2,166 fans on Facebook, Dance With Joy Studio's has garnered plenty of local fans.

"Dance with Joy Studios strives to offer excellence in all they do," states the business's profile on ClassPass. "Their mission is to be a positive force in the world by adding joyful moments to your day, enriching the mind, body and spirit by providing educational, cultural and physical activity to individuals of all ages. Their dance and activity programs are created in an inspiring atmosphere for students of all levels."

Learn more about the selection of classes at Dance With Joy Studio's on ClassPass here.

Polaris Dance Theatre

1826 N.W. 18th Ave., Northwest

Polaris Dance Theatre | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.9 stars out of 330 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of five reviews on Yelp and 2,578 fans on Facebook, Polaris Dance Theatre holds its own among the competition.

"The Polaris Dance Center offers a wide range of classes to youth, adults, and seniors of all skills and abilities, including pre-professional and mobility-impaired dancers," according to the business's ClassPass profile. "The center fosters thoughtful discourse and personal achievement and enhances self-esteem, and creative self-expression. Their community-oriented programming is staffed with working, professional dancers with a passion for making dance accessible to all."

Learn more about the selection of classes at Polaris Dance Theatre 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.