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So you think you can dance? Here are the places to do it

Kati Hanlon Mayo knows dance. She is an instructor at Charlotte Ballet, but she is best known for her career as a professional dancer with Charlotte Ballet.

2 Photo of Kati Mayo, credit Van Miller

Mayo‘s perspective on dance is inspiring. She said, “Dance is such a wonderful discipline that coordinates mind, body and music.”

Whether you have apprehension about jumping back in (remember those tap classes when you were six?) or starting at the beginner level, dance can be another way to exercise, meet new friends and develop a skill.

Mayo explained her own Golden Rule for dance: “I tell all students to give it three classes. The experienced body will start to remember and the beginner will feel the walls come down and understand the expectations of the class. Either way, most come in by the third class with an ‘I got this’ attitude.”

Look at these options available for adult dance classes in Charlotte:

Carolina Dance Capital

12210 Copper Way, Suite 230

(704) 542-4998

Ballet – Wednesday 8–9 p.m. (all levels)

Jazz – Thursday 7:30–8:30 p.m. (all levels)

Ballet Barre/Conditioning – Friday noon-1 p.m. (all levels)

Tap – Thursday 8:30–9 p.m. (all levels)

All classes $15

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Charlotte Ballet

701 N. Tryon Street

(704) 372-3900

Ballet – Monday 7:15-8:45 p.m. & Wednesday 7:15-8:45 p.m. (beginner)

Ballet – Tuesday 6:45-8:15 p.m., Thursday 6:45-8:15 p.m. & Saturday 9:30-11 a.m.(intermediate)

Tap – Monday 6:15-7:15 p.m.  (beginner) meets at Spirit Square

Tap – Tuesday 6:15-7:45 p.m. (intermediate) meets at Spirit Square

Modern Dance – Wednesday, 7:15-8:30 p.m. (all levels)

Power Dance – Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. (all levels)

All classes $16

4 Charlotte Ballet – Emily Ramirez – photo by Peter Zay
Peter Zay

Dance Fever Charlotte

10211 Prosperity Park Dr #240

(704) 992-1060

Hip Hop Cardio – Monday 7:30-8:15 p.m. (all levels) $10

Jami Masters School of Dance

Park Road Shopping Center – Back lot


Ballet – Wednesday 10:00-11:30 a.m. (all levels)

Tap – Tuesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. (intermediate), Tuesday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (advanced)

Contemporary/Modern – Tuesday 10:30-11:30 a.m. (all levels)

Ballroom – By appointment only

All classes $18

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Charlotte School of Ballet 

627 S Sharon Amity Rd

(704) 366-9675

Ballet – Tuesday noon-1 p.m. & Thursday 10-11 a.m. (intermediate), Fridays noon-1 p.m .(beginner)

Tap – Friday 10:30-11:30 a.m. (intermediate)

All classes $15

Move Studio Charlotte

1111 Hawthorne Lane

(980) 329-6683

Ballet I – Monday 9:30-10:25 a.m. & Tuesday 7-7:55 p.m. (beginner)

Ballet II – Thursday 6:30-7:25 p.m. (intermediate)

CoreBarre – Tuesday 9:30-10:25 a.m. & Wednesday 7-7:55pm (all levels)

Jazz Dance – Tuesday 6-6:55 p.m. (all levels)

Modern Dance – Thursday 7:30-8:25 p.m. (all levels)

All classes $15

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Oneaka Dance Company

1318 Central Avenue

(704) 299-7432

African Dance – Friday 8-9 p.m. (all levels) $16

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Open Door Studios

1318 Central Avenue

(704) 576-5034

Ballet –Monday-Thursday 10-11:15 a.m. (beginner to intermediate) $16

Happy Hour Hip Hop – Friday 6:30 p.m., Some experience recommended $5

Jazz –Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (beginners) $16

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Discounts for multiple classes are offered by most dance studios. Check out specific websites for more information.

Photos: Carolina Dance Capital, Van Miller, Carolina Dance Capital, Peter Zay, Jami Masters School of Dance, Move Studio Charlotte, Larry Geter Photography, Open Door Studios