We take class so you don’t have to.
Totally Subjective Not Objective reviews by special correspondent Rhonda Jamb, or by your hostess, Adult Beginner.
Reviews posted at whim.
Evolution Studios, reviewed by Adult Beginner here
Hollywood Wilshire YMCA, reviewed by Adult Beginner here
Heartbeat House, reviewed by Adult Beginner here
Debbie Reynolds Studio, reviewed by Adult Beginner here
Studio A, reviewed by Rhonda Jamb here
Millennium Dance Complex, reviewed by Adult Beginner here
The Sweat Spot, reviewed by Rhonda Jamb here
Hollywood Dance Center, reviewed by both Rhonda Jamb and Adult Beginner here
Align Method, blog post by Adult Beginner (written before the review project was started) here
Key for judging class levels, as codified by Rhonda Jamb.
TB: True Beginner. Little or no previous ballet knowledge. Maybe you know the five positions but that’s about it.
IB: Intermediate Beginner. Previous ballet training but not for a looooong ass time. You took class in your youth at a rinky-dink school where you learned how to do a tour jete before you grew hips and decided you’d rather be smoking weed with your friends.
AB: Advanced Beginner. Rusty after not getting into Pointe shoes after too many years. You’ve been away, but when you weren’t, you were the best dancer in class and you damn well knew it. Or, you were a TB two or three years ago and rose thru the ranks.
TI: No, I don’t mean the famous rapper who went to jail, I mean True Intermediate. You’re a wonderful ballerina who never quit her day job. Maybe in the next life you’ll know better.
TA: True Advanced. Dude, I don’t even know you. Oh, you take classes at The Edge? Cool. Oh, you were in a J.Lo video? Awesome. Oh, you used to be a principal dancer for the New York City Ballet? Wow… can you sign my ballet slipper? TA’s are the seniors to our freshman. Don’t look at them, don’t talk to them, and do whatever they say—I know it’s unfair but them’s the rules. If you go rogue and find your entire house toilet papered, I’m gonna have to pretend I don’t know you. Sorry.