Edge Performing Arts Center

Best of LA, September 2010

Taught in an industrial-looking room at the Edge Performing Arts Center, jazz funk fuses the fluid movements of contemporary dance with house and waacking. Pack muscle memory, coordination, and elastic flexibility with your dancing shoes; the choreography is fast paced. As for the students, they’re of the So You Think You Can Dance variety, private-school drop-ins, and actors and performance artists set on improving their technique. For instructor James Alsop, “tough love” means congratulating your students, then showing them up.