Welcome to Downtown Dance Factory!

We are New York City’s premier comprehensive dance studio for kids. Established in September 2009, Downtown Dance Factory offers programs for dancers from eighteen months to eighteen years in a wide range of popular dance styles including jazz, classical ballet, hip hop, tap, lyrical, theater dance and breaking.

A vibrant community founded on our shared love of dance, we aim to develop our students to their full dance potential, while nurturing their creativity and self-expression. We believe that the lessons learned through dance – artistry, effort, discipline, commitment and self-confidence – translate to a world beyond dance. We’re here to help dancers of all ages, genders and levels pursue their passion, wherever it may lead, from their very first joyful steps.

National Winner
Best Musical Theater Performance

National Finalist
Best Musical Theater Performance

National Finalist
Best Jazz Performance

“Best of New York”
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Meet Our Founders

Melanie Zrihen


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Hanne Larsen


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From First Steps To Center Stage

From our founding class forward, many talented DDF dancers have been recognized for their notable successes beyond our studio walls. Our dancers continue to be accepted into prestigious NYC performing arts public schools, elite summer programs, and top college dance programs:

Summer Programs

Juilliard Summer Intensive
Jacob’s Pillow
Miami City Ballet
Boston Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
School of American Ballet
Orsolina 28
Arts Umbrella
The Ailey School
Hubbard Street
Verdon/Fosse Legacy
Alonzo King Lines Ballet
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Camp Protégé
Generation IV Advanced/Professional Division

College Dance Programs

University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
The Juilliard School
Ailey/Fordham BFA Program
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Boston Conservatory
Point Park University
Chapman University
SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance
University of Michigan
Ohio State University
University of the Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Loyola Marymount University
University of South Florida
Florida State University

DDF’s Competitive Edge

A small but exceptional group of dancers, DDF’s highly selective competitive companies regularly participate and excel in regional competitions, and on the national stage. Each year, we garner accolades for our soloists, our groups and for the studio as a whole. At the Dance Awards in Las Vegas, our soloists have been placed in the Top 10 nationally, and our group pieces have not only won on this national stage, but have seen DDF recognized as a finalist for the Best Jazz Studio and the Best Musical Theater Studio in the nation. Additionally, we’re a consistent nominee and winner of the nationally recognized Industry Dance Awards.

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