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downtown dance factory

Downtown Dance Factory is Tribeca’s first comprehensive dance center. Launched in September 2009, we’re excited to offer a wide range of dance styles – including jazz, classical ballet, hip hop, tap, lyrical, musical theater and boys’ hip hop and breaking classes - for students from twos to teens.  Since moving to our new, purpose-renovated studios in 2010, we also offer cardio/dance for adults too! Downtown Dance Factory follows in the “dance steps” of our highly successful sister school in Sydney Australia, The Jazz Factory.

Our aim is to foster a love of dance and a freedom of self-expression through movement, through any number of dance styles and techniques. Enjoyment is absolutely our number one priority, however all students are encouraged to develop their dance style and technique to their full potential, no matter their age or level of dance experience.

Many serious dancers who train at Downtown Dance Factory have attained a superior level of artistry and technique, recognized by their notable success outside our studio walls. Dancers continue to be accepted at prestigious institutions, both for summer programs as well as college. Below is a list of programs and schools to which Downtown Dance Factory dancers have been accepted. 

Summer Programs  College Dance Program
Juilliard Summer Intensive
Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Dance Program
Orsolina 28
Miami City Ballet
Boston Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
School of American Ballet
Arts Umbrella
Ailey School Professional Division
Ailey School Junior Division
Hubbard Street
Alonzo King Lines Ballet
University of North Carolina School of the Arts 
Camp Protege
Generation IV Advanced/Professional Division
University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
The Juilliard School
Ailey/Fordham BFA Program
Boston Conservatory
SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance
Point Park University
University of the Arts
University of Michigan
Ohio State University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Loyola Marymount University
University of South Florida
Florida State University
University of South Carolina
University of Georgia
East Carolina University

Melanie Zrihen and Hanne Larsen are Tribeca mothers (with seven children of their own between them!) who long bemoaned the lack of variety of modern, fun dance offerings in the local area. Their vision to bring a wealth of exciting dance styles and experiences to the children of downtown Manhattan, all under one roof, has come to fruition with the establishment of their newest baby, Downtown Dance Factory!

Downtown Dance Factory… bringing the best of New York City dance to your doorstep!

Downtown Dance Factory

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Anna Palma
Hannah Marchetto