City Music Schools

★★★★☆
  • 260 W 36th St

    New York, NY 10018

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  • 212-563-6781

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I read the bad reviews and still decided to check it out with my fiance...the consultation was free, and we don't have a real budget for dance lessons. I have to say that I think the others reviews are unfair. In NY you get what you pay for...the lessons are $75 an hour...a fraction of what other places charge. The studio isn't fancy and yes there are two dogs (they really didn't bother us at all.) BUT the lesson was really great. John and Maria were very sweet and really put us at ease. After only one half hour with them, I started to believe that it was really possible and easy to learn how to dance with my fiance. I set up a package for four lessons and am really excited to go back. If you're a couple planning your wedding with minimal funds and want a laid-back dance experience then this is for you...if you're expecting a fancy instructor and a stuffy atmosphere...then go somewhere else.

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★★★★☆

I read the bad reviews and still decided to check it out with my fiance...the consultation was free, and we don't have a real budget for dance lessons. I have to say that I think the others reviews are unfair. In NY you get what you pay for...the lessons are $75 an hour...a fraction of what other places charge. The studio isn't fancy and yes there are two dogs (they really didn't bother us at all.) BUT the lesson was really great. John and Maria were very sweet and really put us at ease. After only one half hour with them, I started to believe that it was really possible and easy to learn how to dance with my fiance. I set up a package for four lessons and am really excited to go back. If you're a couple planning your wedding with minimal funds and want a laid-back dance experience then this is for you...if you're expecting a fancy instructor and a stuffy atmosphere...then go somewhere else.

Pros: The relaxed atmosphere, the price

Cons: the studio was a little too warm

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Austin and Blue

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★★★★★

We're pretty and we smell good too!

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Austin and Blue

Pros: Nice people who pet us come here.

Cons: People should bring more treats.

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I have been a student of WSDP and its affiliate City Music Schools for almost 8 years now, and I find the previous 2 postings unbelievable--in every sense of the word. The student population here is relatively small and doesn't turn over a lot, (you have to be enrolled--no drop ins) so you get to know everyone pretty well.
First of all, these two people don't sound like anybody I know. Actor Mark is supposed to be a guy who takes daytime classes, right? Well I know all the guys who take daytime classes, and they're all current or previous members of the internship program there. You have to interview and audition to get into that--it's very prestigious. Since John & Maria (the owners) teach all of the Adult dance classes themselves it seems really unlikely to me that if a student was upset about something, they wouldn't simply bring it up with J&M. Why would you put an anonymous posting on a website instead? Isn't that pretty passive agressive?
Anyway, I really appreciate the access to affordable dance and music lessons that these guys provide, as well as the performance opportunities that they sponsor for the community there (Sing for your Suppers Rock!)

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★★★★★

I have been a student of WSDP and its affiliate City Music Schools for almost 8 years now, and I find the previous 2 postings unbelievable--in every sense of the word. The student population here is relatively small and doesn't turn over a lot, (you have to be enrolled--no drop ins) so you get to know everyone pretty well.
First of all, these two people don't sound like anybody I know. Actor Mark is supposed to be a guy who takes daytime classes, right? Well I know all the guys who take daytime classes, and they're all current or previous members of the internship program there. You have to interview and audition to get into that--it's very prestigious. Since John & Maria (the owners) teach all of the Adult dance classes themselves it seems really unlikely to me that if a student was upset about something, they wouldn't simply bring it up with J&M. Why would you put an anonymous posting on a website instead? Isn't that pretty passive agressive?
Anyway, I really appreciate the access to affordable dance and music lessons that these guys provide, as well as the performance opportunities that they sponsor for the community there (Sing for your Suppers Rock!)

Pros: Great Classes and Teachers--You feel like Part of a Community Here!

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The instructors were helpful but the enviroment was stuffy. And...not to mention that they had dogs roaming around! Overall it was quite distracting, honestly. The waiting room was cramped and the studio overall seemed to be more about packing clients in the space than providing a relaxing experience. I would not recommend the studio.

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★☆☆☆☆

The instructors were helpful but the enviroment was stuffy. And...not to mention that they had dogs roaming around! Overall it was quite distracting, honestly. The waiting room was cramped and the studio overall seemed to be more about packing clients in the space than providing a relaxing experience. I would not recommend the studio.

Pros: good instructors

Cons: VERY POOR studio...how many places have dogs freely roming the place?!

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I found this place when my Fiance and I were looking for wedding dance coaching. We were really impressed by the quality of teaching, and the level of personal attention we were given. I discovered that they also offer group classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and exercise for adults, so now I'm a danceaholic! You can't beat the prices and its so much more fun than going to the gym.

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★★★★★

I found this place when my Fiance and I were looking for wedding dance coaching. We were really impressed by the quality of teaching, and the level of personal attention we were given. I discovered that they also offer group classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and exercise for adults, so now I'm a danceaholic! You can't beat the prices and its so much more fun than going to the gym.

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They promise "user friendly" classes and they really deliver. John & Maria gave me tons of personal attention, and made me feel as if I could really acheive my goals! Classes are a real mix of neophites, returning dancers, and pros, but the place has such a warm and neighborhoody feel, that I never felt out of place. They also have two adorable and friendly dogs, who greet you like a long lost friend by your second class!!

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★★★★★

They promise "user friendly" classes and they really deliver. John & Maria gave me tons of personal attention, and made me feel as if I could really acheive my goals! Classes are a real mix of neophites, returning dancers, and pros, but the place has such a warm and neighborhoody feel, that I never felt out of place. They also have two adorable and friendly dogs, who greet you like a long lost friend by your second class!!

Pros: Really well taught dance classes for adults.

Cons: Dressing rooms are very basic if you're used to the gym scene, but who cares!

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The thought of swaying in place for all 3 minutes of our first dance while all of our wedding guests looked on, filled me with horror, but my husband to be was equally horrified at the thought of dance lessons. Then we found John & Maria at West Side Dance Project. We signed up for their "Stressfree Wedding Dance Lessons" and they actually got us moving around the floor in our first lesson. By the end of our 4 lesson package we were actually doing some pretty spiffy moves. They team teach their classes which is extremely helpful to non -dancers like us. They also give a free half hour mini-lesson, which really put my husband at ease. There was no pressure to sign up for some huge expensive package (or anything) which we also really appreciated.

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★★★★★

The thought of swaying in place for all 3 minutes of our first dance while all of our wedding guests looked on, filled me with horror, but my husband to be was equally horrified at the thought of dance lessons. Then we found John & Maria at West Side Dance Project. We signed up for their "Stressfree Wedding Dance Lessons" and they actually got us moving around the floor in our first lesson. By the end of our 4 lesson package we were actually doing some pretty spiffy moves. They team teach their classes which is extremely helpful to non -dancers like us. They also give a free half hour mini-lesson, which really put my husband at ease. There was no pressure to sign up for some huge expensive package (or anything) which we also really appreciated.

Pros: Very skillful and articulate teachers.

Cons: They are very popular, so sometimes you can't get your first choice of lesson time

 

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