If you’re planning on exploring the L.A dance scene alone, don’t be scared – it’s more than doable! The LA-dance community is such a strong family of dancers from all over the world. Everyone took a leap of faith and moved to California to pursue what they love. And they all know what it’s like to be new in town.
Most people are super friendly – I promise you – if you hang out outside the studio before/after class you’ll most likely make 10 new friends. But I get it, it is really nice to have people you know to take class with, talk about your day with and to support you if (when) you get a little overwhelmed.
That’s why you should choose to stay in a Dance Dorm in Los Angeles!
Even if you go to LA with a friend or two, living in a Dance Dorm is a really cool way to make memories with dancers from all over the world.
What is a Dance Dorm?
A dance dorm is like a hostel or a house – but for dancers. They are located very close to all the studios you want to train at in L.A, and they’re providing a safe, clean space to national- and international dancers. They all offer different things, so check them out below!
The Dance Dorms in LA
LA Dance Dorms
Home for Dancers
The NoHo House
Why choose a Dance Dorm in Los Angeles?
It’s an incredible way to get friends in LA really fast.
First of all, everyone in the dorm is there because of dance, everyone is passionate about training and honestly, everyone is a little bit confused about what’s going on, so it’s a great way to figure it all out together!
I still to this day am so close to a lot of the dancers I stayed at a dance dorm with for two months – and that was 5 years ago!
If you want to read about how I got my American Artist Visa for dance, I broke it all down in a step-by-step guide for you here!
You’ll go to class together, hang out between classes, go talk to a teacher/choreographer together that you’d be too nervous to talk to alone, go to the beach and explore the city together, and by the end of the day you’ll most likely find yourself in a parking lot with your house mates and practice the routines you learned that day.
Maybe you’ll go to one of the big agency auditions together too! Read all about the dance agencies in LA and how to get signed here!
How long should I stay in a Dance Dorm in Los Angeles?
It definitely depends on your personality! If you’re super introverted, how about challenging yourself and trying it out for just a couple of weeks?
Again, check out the different webpages I linked to – they all offer something different, from prices to locations and how many dancers they put in one room. You can choose to stay with 8 people, 4 people, in your own room or just with one other person.
I lived at Home For Dancers with 15 other dancers in a house, and I loved it so much, but I wouldn’t want to stay there forever.
I’d reccommend you to stay there for maybe a month or two – since there are a lot of people in a very small space. Eventually you want your own room and your own space, don’t you think? But honestly, save where you can, because you’re not gonna be home that much anyway, let’s be honest.
You might as well start saving up for you trip now and read “how to save money as a dancer” here!