The East Village’s newest exercise outpost opened its doors yesterday, and the boutique workout it’s offering is unlike anything you’ve spun—ahem, seen—before. Exile Professional Gym, near the intersection of Second Ave and East Second Street, is a studio devoted solely to street dance.
While an indoor class for street dance might strike you as an oxymoron (sort of like a gallery show devoted to street art), EXPG already seems to be attracting quite the crew. When we stopped by, one of the two studios was packed with kids busting moves, while the other was inhabited by a solitary, extremely focused dancer.
Sho Koshimura, the studio’s director, said that EXPG (a franchise of LDH Inc.) already has ten locations in Japan and another in Taipei. This is their first venture Stateside.
The studio will be offering up to 12 classes each day: everything from Hip-Hop to Vogue to House to Tricking. New York’s offerings vary quite markedly from those of the Japanese studios, says Koshimura. Here, local styles like Lite Feet (developed in Harlem and the Bronx) and Flexing (from Brooklyn) get a foot in the door.
Most of the instructors (who have names like “The Katalyst,” “Javier Ninja,” “Tweetboogie,” and “Chrybaby Cozie”) are from New York, says Koshimura, and the majority of clients are already dancers, and want to get a feel for street style. The impressive list of faculty accomplishments includes dancing in the Step Up movies and in music videos for Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Usher, and touring with some of the same artists as well as Daddy Yankee, Nas, and many more. One teacher, Javier Ninja, even danced for Madonna during her Super Bowl performance.
So if that flexing lecture made you want to try it at home, this may be the way to go.
Exile Professional Gym, 27 Second Ave., bet. East First and Second Sts.; (646) 461-2123