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The Ailey Extension

405 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 405-9500
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Editorial review from Citysearch 3/10/2014

There is no zumba class like Ben Byrd's zumba class. It has become a huge--and the most fun!--part of my Saturday and Sunday mornings at The Ailey Extension. I have been taking ballet and other types of dance most of my life, including at Ailey, but I am in some of the best shape of my life and have newfound upper body strength thanks to Ben's zumba. The classes are equal parts fitness and dance, and all fun! Expect kickboxing punch combos, merengue, salsa, cha cha--and what do you know, also push ups and squats! Ben's personality is just right to push us to do our best, encourage us and keep the class atmosphere fun. His music is the best! The Ailey studios are beautiful (you can't beat the views from the 5th and 6th floor studios) and the amenities are great. And last but not least, I love the community of students I take Ben's class with. I have met some wonderful women and men who support each other inside and outside of the class. All around RECOMMENDED! Check it out by the end of March 2014--after that, Ben Byrd might no longer be teaching at Ailey but find him on Facebook for his new class schedule. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 3/10/2014

I have taken Zumba for years and have not in the past or present found a class or instructor like Ben Byrd. He is the reason I began going to Ailey and he is the reason I wake up with a smile early on Saturday and Sunday mornings. His zumba classes are both tons of fun and an incredible workout. He is a great teacher who is inspiring and really knows how to work with everyone in his classes. The feeling is definitely infectious b/c he also has the most jam packed classes with everyone joining in and even singing along. I am so happy to have these classes to go to--I have even doubled up and do the one on Saturday and both on Sunday. Thank you Ailey for Ben and thank you Ben for keeping me in shape! more

Editorial review from Citysearch 3/10/2014

Ben Byrd's zumba classses ….\r I have been dancing & cross training in different countries all my life so far and though mostly taking ballet classes I am open to find new ways to keep my fit & healthy. When my dance teacher recommended giving Ben Byrd's zumba class a try I was reluctant to join at first - the packed atmosphere did not appeal to me at all. That has changed the moment I kicked myself to really set foot in Ben's class and I am hooked ever since. Not your average generic 'zumba' workout but a full blown dance experience combining so many styles with dancy choreography and demanding workouts which had me sweaty, head spinning & smiling from the very first class. It has become my favorite work out at the weekends for sure - a great way to kick-start a Saturday & Sunday!!! more

Editorial review from Citysearch 3/9/2014

If you want to get an amazing workout, learn how to dance (yes, you will look good after several classes even if you're not a dancer), get incredibly fit fast, be encouraged to do more than you ever thought you could while having the best time, Ben Byrd's Zumba class is for you. He will be at Alvin Ailey through the end of March, and you will not want to miss out on this awesome experience. Great to no longer have to even belong to a gym - I can just take this class! He also teaches at Broadway Dance Center and The Ball, and will surely be everywhere around town before long! Come rock out with 60+ of your closest friends! (many of them will actually become friends too - the class is truly a community where you will feel welcome and you'll look forward to coming back week after week) :) See you in class! more

Editorial review from Citysearch 3/8/2014

Ben Byrd's Zumba class is legit. If you want to dance, get conditioned and have a smile on your face by the end of the class, then check out his class on Saturday or Sunday morning. But I must warn you that this is no ordinary Zumba class as he'll throw in push up, jump squats, and lunges when you least expect it. Bring a towel and extra water for this one. But this class is a must if you're looking to burn calories and have fun at the same time. Ben is only at Ailey for the remainder of March, so get in there or you will miss a class that is truly special. more
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  • Hours:

    Mon 9:30-21:30, Tue 9:30-21:30, Wed 9:30-21:30, Thu 9:30-21:30, Fri 9:30-21:30, Sat 9:30-20:00, Sun 9:30-19:00
  • Neighborhoods:

    Clinton, Midtown