114 E 28th St, #2a, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.742843 -73.983390
Sat - 12pm - 10pm
Sun - 12pm - 7:30pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Kips Bay
Voted the BEST NYC Dance Studio of 2009 & 2010. SHOCKra offers beginner dance lessons in an unitimidating atmosphere with the most professional instructors in NYC! Pole Dance, Belly Dance, Zumba, Bollywood, Salsa, Ballet, Burlsque, Hip-Hop/Club Dance. Birthday and Bachelorette Parties. SHOCKra Kidz Dance too!
If you are unsure where to begin or overwhelmed by larger, even the most "beginner" dance classes conducted in the city - welcome!
Jessica Hayden is the owner of SHOCKra Studio, an absolute beginner dance studio for adults in Manhattan, where the motto is "Anyone can dance!" SHOCKra Studio, perched above East 28th Street-NYC, is a come-as-you-are studio offering dance-based classes that are more than just physical fitness--it's also about self-expression, which is why SHOCKra is a social atmosphere comprised of people who want to learn how to move well! Anyone can dance.
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Pole dancing is the perfect empowering fitness alternative that allows for athleticism, self expression and boosting self-confidence! Shockra is the perfect place to start your journey, specializing in beginner to advanced pole dance since 2007. We are committed to your successful transition into our supportive pole community through individualized classes (you'll never have to share a pole here!) and caring instructors who love what they do.
I was in charge of planning my cousin's bachelorette weekend in the city and thought this would be a fun way to take up some time during the day. None of us expected to have as much fun as we did.
We had Maine as an instructor, who not only is talented but hilarious and made us all feel comfortable channeling our inner goddess.
She had us learn how to properly twerk and from there we moved to the pole. Maine made it fun and was very attentive to each of us individually if we were having any trouble. Her music was on point.
The class was an hour but it went by so fast. We all agreed we wish we had more time since we were having so much fun! I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to do a fun bachelorette activity.
*Just as a tip. I recommend wearing shorts. I wish the studio told us it is better to wear shorts so you have friction with the pole. We all had leggings on which made some of the moves more difficult.
I have been to Shockra Dance Studio for 2 bachelorette parties as well as taking 3 6-week workshops. Most recently, I planned a bachelorette party for a friend. I wanted to give the bachelorette the best yet also wanted to be considerate of the friends' wallets. I chose shockra for the pole dancing class (having been there before with a great experience.) Ivory Fox, our instructor, was very friendly, accommodating, patient, cute and fun, Every person commented on how sweet and informative she was. Her personality was happy, perky and pleasant all the time. She encouraged us to add our own flair and style to every sexy movement and chose music that made us feel like strutting our stuff. Once again, Shockra convinced me that it is THEE pole dancing studio for bachelorette parties!!!
Julie's Ballet Class – Julie is a wonderful instructor! When you take her classes you will leave feeling happy,engergized, and stronger. She has a real passion for ballet and that shows! She is very quick to praise each student and will encourage students as they get better. Even when we unfortunately need to be corrected she does it in such a kind manner!
She also has a happy personality that lights up the class. I've come to class in a bad mood but within minutes I can't even remember why I was grouchy! I always leave feeling happy and with a smile. I can't imagine anyone not genuinely liking Julie! Anyone that does not like her woud have to take a close look at themselves!!!
To make a long story short, I reccomend this class to anyone wanting to learn ballet! Even if you have never danced befrorei n your life you will be welcome and have a blast! See you there!!!
I've been taking Pole classes with Keisha Franklin since April 2012. I started the class as a very timid girl who never got the chance to feel the least bit confident and sexy. I regret not taking this class sooner. Since then I have lost close to 40 pounds and I've never seen my body change like this before. Keisha is a wonderful instructor who works with everyone at their own pace and makes everyone feel incredibly comfortable in their own skin. Before every class she'll do a warmup which includes some yoga and pilates moves to help you stretch and work some muscles. Within the first class I was already learning spins, floor work, and climbs. I did not know what I was capable of doing. I highly recommend a pole class with Keisha. Trust me, you won't regret it!!! I have not missed a series of classes since I started. I refuse to miss it.....this class is way too fun!! :)
Your Inner Stripper! – I just had a pole dancing class for my future sister-in-law's bachelorette party with 8 girls total and all I can say is ahhhh-mazing! There are 8 poles total in each class so be prepared to rotate in and out if you have more than 7 girls in your party.
We had the fabulous Maine teaching us everything from booty popping to pole tricks to floor work to more booty popping! I wasn't too sure who we were going to have prior to the class and was quite afraid and intimidated by the whole idea of swinging on a pole but Maine was able to make everyone in the class feel comfortable with themselves and feel like pros doing the tricks. Trust me, I was far from a pro but she broke everything down step by step so that most girls were able to catch on really quick. She's like a proud (sexy) mother who just saw her daughters graduate from college when she sees you just trying to do the tricks.
Why go to strip clubs when you can release the inner stripper within you!
Shockra Dance Studio is the way to go... small and intimate classes.
Maine is the person to get... fun, sassy, encouraging and one heck of a booty popper!
But just for caution sake... if you are doing this for a bachelorette party... try booking the class like 3-4 weeks prior to the wedding. Even though Maine made it look simple and effortless doing the tricks, as beginners, you will be sore and bruised up. And no one wants a black and blue bride! =)
Best Pole Dancing Experience! – One word! Addiction. By my 3rd class in Absolute Pole with Keisha F. I purchased my own pole at home. It has been such an amazing experience for your mind and your body. I feel and look so much stronger. Keisha is an amazing teacher, at the beginning of every class, she's always teaching us new routines and tricks. And in the beginning, every single one of us is always shaking our heads, no... we can't do that. And guess what, we all manage to do so at some point. She provides a lot of one to one instruction with each student, pushing us to excel to the next level. I've taken several workshops with Keisha now, and she is by far one of the best pole teachers out there. Take a class! You won't regret it!
So much fun!!!! – So we went for my cousin's birthday and we had an AMAZING time. I really believe it had to do with our instructor Maine, she was great! If you do go make sure you request the instructor Maine, you won't be disappointed!
I love Salsa! ... I love this dance studio... – When I came to Shockra it felt like coming home. There is a warmth & friendly, inviting feeling here.
I have been in salsa level 1 & level 2 for more than 1 1/2 years with Jose Luis and I can't say enough good things about him. I love the way he dances first of all. His style resonates with everything I love about salsa. He is smooth, confident, clear, gentle and passionate about what he does. He gives us steps/combinations that stimulate and challenge us to learn more and yet he focuses on doing those moves well rather than just accomplishing many moves.
His style allows for all those delicious moments of feeling the music in your whole body that I love, and his lead allows time for the follower to interpret and express what we are feeling so we feel we are also a part of the beautiful conversation that is taking place.
You just like him instantly. he has that beautiful balance of being professional and focused and at once he creates a feeling of fun and joy. We get things done but we always laugh together.
He makes new people and veterans, like me, feel welcome and at ease to be here. I could go on...I just love coming here and it has added so much joy and beautiful friendships to my life.
Love it! – I have to confess that I do have dance training, but as a former Irish step dancer I have been nervous about trying any form of dance that required upper body/core movement. SHOCKra has made learning belly dancing a blast and completely painless. Keisha is an excellent (!!!) teacher, and she makes the movements simple and fun to learn. Class is a group effort, as opposed to the competitive atmosphere of other dance classes in the city. I've gotten more confident my body and even about dancing in public (much to the chagrin of strangers who'd rather not witness my shimmy). Anyone hoping to learn a new form of dance or simply take a fun class will have a great time here!
We Love Keisha!! – Booked a party for my 22nd birthday. This is probably one of the best decisions I made especially choosing SHOCKra as my venue. Jessica was very helpful and provided me all the information I needed to book this party. She got back to me promptly and gave me no pressure at all. Pole dancing with Keisha was amazing!! She's so cool and was very patient with me and my friends, none of us felt embarrassed or intimidated at all. She trully is a great instructor!! My friends and I had so much fun that we already we're planning our next pole dancing trip to the city on the way home!! Definitely coming back, and yes, WE WANT KEISHA!!! <3 Thanks for making my birthday so much fun!!
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