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One of our hottest trainers, Erica Hood of Body by Simone, said it best: "There's nothing more thrilling to me than leading (and sweating) with a room full of people in the most ultimate dance party." If you, too, prefer getting your ass kicked with a smile, then it's a prime time to explore our city's many dance studios, offering everything from salsa to ballet to hip hop—our girl JJ Dancer's (pictured) speciality.

Check out our favorite spots in map form, and if you're looking for more ways to sweat, don't forget to hit up our lists for LA's best yoga/barre studios and star-frequented spots.

Photo: Lovers and Friends

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1. 3rd Street Dance

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8558 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 275-4683
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In addition to offering dance classes that range from ballroom to bachata (prices range from $15 for a single class to $855 for 10 private lessons), this studio is also the home of celebrity trainer/ Racked Fit Club alum JJ Dancer's cult-favorite Bangin' Body Bootcamp. Taking place every Sunday from 10:30am to 12pm, the 90-minute workout costs $35 and features all of the Jessica Alba-favored trainer's signature techniques, including cardio, conditioning, cardio fusion, music video dance, and JJ Essentials. [Photo]

2. Evolve Dance Studio

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5872 W Pico Blvd Ste A
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 230-9605
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Evolve is your sexy dancing headquarters. Offering everything from pole parties ($500 for three hours) to Aerial Tissu classes ($39 for three classes), this studio is a safe place for anyone looking to tap into their sensuality from a dancer's point-of-view. [Photo]

3. Allure Dance and Fitness Studio

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5996 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 343-9757
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Last year, we introduced you to Rihanna's favorite pole dancer, Nicole Williams. When the petite powerhouse isn't starring in music videos for RiRi and Bruno Mars, she's teaching tons of pole dancing classes at her studio, from acro pole, to lap dance to even something called "Twerkout". Prices range from $15 for a single class to $500 for three months unlimited. They also offer private bachelorette and birthday parties. [Photo]

4. EDGE Performing Arts Center

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6300 Romaine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 962-7733
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Serious dancers know all about Edge PAC. It's where pros go to get their hip-hop, jazz, and ballet fixes in an environment filled with like-minded dance fiends. Prices range from $13 for a single class to $305 for 30 classes. [Photo]

5. By Your Side Dance Studio

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12613 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 391-0400
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Want to really step up your wedding dancing game? Go to this Culver City gem to learn how to Waltz, Salsa, and Foxtrot with the best of them. Drop in to join a 45-minute single group class for $15, or take a private lesson solo or with a partner for $95. [Photo]

6. LA DanceFit Studio

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10936 Santa Monica Blvd
West La, CA 90025
(310) 473-3530
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Calling itself "the hippest dance fitness studio in Los Angeles," DanceFit offers Zumba, hip-hop, jazz, salsa, ballet, and even kids dance classes. Single classes are $16, while private lessons are $100/hour. [Photo]

7. iDanceAcademy

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111 West 7th Street, Suite 1018
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(323) 393-3875
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This DTLA studio prides itself in offering a range of social dancing and choreography with some of the world's top instructors. Their claim to fame is wedding dance choreography, with packages ranging from $125 for a one-hour trial private lesson to $1,500 for a VIP wedding package that includes two songs choreographed, 11 hours of private lessons, a one-hour rehearsal at the venue, and even take-home practice videos. [Photo]

8. International Dance Academy

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(323) 463-8865
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The home to TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, and Dancing with the Stars, IDA Hollywood is a true dancer's studio, welcoming a range of celebrity clientele that includes Britney Spears, Usher, and Ciara. Hip-hop is big here, with class prices ranging from $13 for a single class to $190 for one month unlimited. [Photo]

9. Beat Box LA

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11828 Teale St
Culver City, CA 90230
Although this boutique-contemporary, full service, multi-media rehearsal and production studio is new to the scene, the 3,000-square-foot space is already receiving tons of buzz. Starting June 6th, Beat Box LA will be home to dance-fitness craze Groov3, hooking up $15 classes every Tuesday night at 8pm. [Photo]

10. Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio

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6514 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 985-4176
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Established in 1979 by Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, this legendary studio has hosted just about every big name in the music biz, from Madonna to Michael Jackson. Go here to brush up on your hip-hop, dancehall funk, burlesque jazz, and more. Single classes are just $11 a pop, and unlimited monthly passes are $230. There are also special discounted prices for SAG/AFTRA members. [Photo]

11. The Sweat Spot

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3227 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 953-8089
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Ryan Heffington's stylish Silver Lake studio is where dancers go to perfect their form. Offering everything from yoga for dancers to barre ballet, classes are priced from $14 for a single session to $140/month unlimited for six months. [Photo]

12. Your Neighborhood Studio

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3625 Hayden Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 876-3498
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From cardio to choreography, YNS Culver City hooks up 100 classes per week, including adult and youth classes. Here you can learn everything from Bollywood to breakdancing; classes range from $16 for a single session to $200 for 20 classes. [Photo]

1. 3rd Street Dance

8558 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
In addition to offering dance classes that range from ballroom to bachata (prices range from $15 for a single class to $855 for 10 private lessons), this studio is also the home of celebrity trainer/ Racked Fit Club alum JJ Dancer's cult-favorite Bangin' Body Bootcamp. Taking place every Sunday from 10:30am to 12pm, the 90-minute workout costs $35 and features all of the Jessica Alba-favored trainer's signature techniques, including cardio, conditioning, cardio fusion, music video dance, and JJ Essentials. [Photo]
8558 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

2. Evolve Dance Studio

5872 W Pico Blvd Ste A, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Evolve is your sexy dancing headquarters. Offering everything from pole parties ($500 for three hours) to Aerial Tissu classes ($39 for three classes), this studio is a safe place for anyone looking to tap into their sensuality from a dancer's point-of-view. [Photo]
5872 W Pico Blvd Ste A
Los Angeles, CA 90019

3. Allure Dance and Fitness Studio

5996 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Last year, we introduced you to Rihanna's favorite pole dancer, Nicole Williams. When the petite powerhouse isn't starring in music videos for RiRi and Bruno Mars, she's teaching tons of pole dancing classes at her studio, from acro pole, to lap dance to even something called "Twerkout". Prices range from $15 for a single class to $500 for three months unlimited. They also offer private bachelorette and birthday parties. [Photo]
5996 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

4. EDGE Performing Arts Center

6300 Romaine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Serious dancers know all about Edge PAC. It's where pros go to get their hip-hop, jazz, and ballet fixes in an environment filled with like-minded dance fiends. Prices range from $13 for a single class to $305 for 30 classes. [Photo]
6300 Romaine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

5. By Your Side Dance Studio

12613 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Want to really step up your wedding dancing game? Go to this Culver City gem to learn how to Waltz, Salsa, and Foxtrot with the best of them. Drop in to join a 45-minute single group class for $15, or take a private lesson solo or with a partner for $95. [Photo]
12613 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

6. LA DanceFit Studio

10936 Santa Monica Blvd, West La, CA 90025
Calling itself "the hippest dance fitness studio in Los Angeles," DanceFit offers Zumba, hip-hop, jazz, salsa, ballet, and even kids dance classes. Single classes are $16, while private lessons are $100/hour. [Photo]
10936 Santa Monica Blvd
West La, CA 90025

7. iDanceAcademy

111 West 7th Street, Suite 1018, Los Angeles, CA 90014
This DTLA studio prides itself in offering a range of social dancing and choreography with some of the world's top instructors. Their claim to fame is wedding dance choreography, with packages ranging from $125 for a one-hour trial private lesson to $1,500 for a VIP wedding package that includes two songs choreographed, 11 hours of private lessons, a one-hour rehearsal at the venue, and even take-home practice videos. [Photo]
111 West 7th Street, Suite 1018
Los Angeles, CA 90014

8. International Dance Academy

6755 Hollywood Blvd, California 90028
The home to TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, and Dancing with the Stars, IDA Hollywood is a true dancer's studio, welcoming a range of celebrity clientele that includes Britney Spears, Usher, and Ciara. Hip-hop is big here, with class prices ranging from $13 for a single class to $190 for one month unlimited. [Photo]

9. Beat Box LA

11828 Teale St, Culver City, CA 90230
Although this boutique-contemporary, full service, multi-media rehearsal and production studio is new to the scene, the 3,000-square-foot space is already receiving tons of buzz. Starting June 6th, Beat Box LA will be home to dance-fitness craze Groov3, hooking up $15 classes every Tuesday night at 8pm. [Photo]
11828 Teale St
Culver City, CA 90230

10. Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio

6514 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Established in 1979 by Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, this legendary studio has hosted just about every big name in the music biz, from Madonna to Michael Jackson. Go here to brush up on your hip-hop, dancehall funk, burlesque jazz, and more. Single classes are just $11 a pop, and unlimited monthly passes are $230. There are also special discounted prices for SAG/AFTRA members. [Photo]
6514 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606

11. The Sweat Spot

3227 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Ryan Heffington's stylish Silver Lake studio is where dancers go to perfect their form. Offering everything from yoga for dancers to barre ballet, classes are priced from $14 for a single session to $140/month unlimited for six months. [Photo]
3227 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

12. Your Neighborhood Studio

3625 Hayden Avenue, Culver City, CA 90232
From cardio to choreography, YNS Culver City hooks up 100 classes per week, including adult and youth classes. Here you can learn everything from Bollywood to breakdancing; classes range from $16 for a single session to $200 for 20 classes. [Photo]
3625 Hayden Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232