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AXIS School of Dance is Building a New Downtown Hoboken Studio

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This article is sponsored by AXIS School of Dance.

New Jersey dancers who wanted to learn from active industry professionals used to cross the Hudson to take dance lessons in New York City. AXIS School of Dance, located at 115 Grand Street in Hoboken, changed the game by bringing this same experience to the Mile Square. This local dance school provides a pre-professional environment for dancers ages 1 to 17 who want to take jazz, ballet, hip-hop, acro, and other dance classes from active industry professionals. Construction is currently underway for a new, bigger studio space in downtown Hoboken that will be ready for the fall semester. Keep reading to learn about the pre-professional training program at AXIS School of Dance in Hoboken + the new studio space that will open in September.

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Dance Classes Taught By Active Industry Professionals 

Students can take ballet, tap, jazz, broadway, contemporary, acro, and hip-hop classes at AXIS School of Dance. The classes emphasize a strong base in technique, what they consider to be the most important aspect of dance, in addition to body alignment, and of course performance.

Every class is taught by an active professional who has years of industry experience. AXIS teachers have danced with Taylor Swift + Beyoncé, choreographed the Super Bowl halftime show, been a company member with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and performed on Broadway as well as other national Broadway tours.

A group of young dancers in yellow tutus performs in front of a crowd of their parents in the AXIS studio

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AXIS School of Dance at its core is a training facility, not a designated competition school, which means students are not required to compete, but are given it as an option.

“Our focus is on developing great dancers through practice, exposing them to other top choreographers through conventions, and bringing guest artists into our studio,” Lauren said.

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Weekly classes are available each semester. The upcoming fall-spring semester runs for 37 weeks starting on September 9th. New students can sign up for one free trial class to help decide which style of dance is right for them.

Interested dancers ages 6 and older can also sign up for the one-week summer intensive for a taste of the AXIS School of Dance experience. This summer intensive lasts from July 15th to July 19th from 9AM-5PM. This week-long summer camp helps dancers improve their strength, flexibility, and creative spirit.

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New Studio Opening For the Fall Semester

AXIS School of Dance is opening a new location in downtown Hoboken. Construction is underway and the bigger + better location will be ready for the fall semester which starts on September 9th.

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The new, larger studio will be located on Grand between 1st + 2nd Street. The AXIS team is excited to have a brand new studio in Hoboken to provide additional classes for dancers in the community. With the bigger space, AXIS will have more classes including some with more convenient afterschool times.

“Watching dancers grow, hone their craft, and find their creative voice,” is what makes the job rewarding according to Lauren. “Each student has something special to bring and seeing them find that spark is worth it all.”

A group of AXIS dancers in yellow tutus and white shirts perform in front of a large group of their parents

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All About AXIS School of Dance

AXIS School of Dance is a pre-professional dance school for kids ages 1 to 17. Students can take classes in a variety of genres including ballet, tap, jazz, broadway, lyrical, contemporary, acro, and hip–hop. Classes are taught by active industry professionals who are still currently choreographing, performing, and working in the field.

“We focus on training dancers for a future in dance. Even if the child only wants to do it for fun, you know you are being trained by the best, and no matter where your child wants to take their dance journey and for how long, they will have had the best possible training,” Lauren Greenwood, a dancer and the founder of AXIS School of Dance, told The Hoboken Girl.

Lauren Greenwood and artist director Abdur-Rahim Jackson run the day-to-day operations of the dance school. Abdur-Rahim graduated from Juilliard and has an impressive resume which includes 10 Years with Alvin Ailey as a company member, choreographing part of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” Super Bowl XLVII Halftime performance + her “Halo” music video, and much more.

“We are the only dance studio in the area that provides training with active industry professionals in every class. We also are a training facility. What this means is our focus is on developing technique, strength, and agility that will last them a lifetime, ” Lauren said.

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AXIS School of Dance is located at 115 Grand Street in Hoboken. You can email [email protected] with questions.

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