With so much creative talent in one area, DTPHX is one of the best places in the state to learn a new art form. We’ve gathered some of the most fun and unique classes to try in Downtown Phoenix that varies from music, dance, art, cooking and classes for kids — and won’t break the bank.
It’s never too late (or early) in life to pursue a new medium of art — whether that be dance, music, ceramics, painting, photography or writing. Phoenix Center for the Arts offers all types of classes for students that range in age and experience level. Phoenix Center for the Arts gives the expertise and space you need to finally learn to play guitar or design your own jewelry in a 12-week class. Some dance classes are drop-in, including ballet, hip hop and tap — while other classes meet weekly for several months. The Moreland and Third streets facility also hosts teen and youth classes in theater, dance, music and more. There are still plenty of classes open this fall and spring registration begins Oct. 28.
Looking for a date night idea in Downtown Phoenix for your new match or longtime partner? The Duce is one of the coolest places to eat, drink and dance on a date or a night out with friends. The historic Warehouse District gem offers free swing dance lessons every Tuesday night from 7 to 8 p.m. — no partner needed. And for $8, you can stick around after the lesson and show off your new moves all night. The Duce also hosts a weekly country night on Wednesdays with free lessons at 8 p.m and Latin nights on Thursdays with $10 lessons from 7 to 9 p.m.
You are likely familiar with the 80+ vendors in the open air market — but did you know that Phoenix Public Market also boasts workshops and cooking classes?! Upcoming events include a gardening workshop on Oct. 19 and a workshop on fermented foods on Nov. 9. For the pint-sized shopper, the market offers a Power of Produce (POP) club every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. — where kids can participate in crafts, scavenger hunts, storytime and more. There is also a free kids cooking class every second Saturday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. P.S. The market’s hours from October to April are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May to September is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Aerial yoga incorporates an aerial hammock, or “silk”, as a prop for students to flow through traditional yoga sequencing. Elevate Yoga’s classes use silk to help students increase flexibility and improve balance — while also allowing you to go deeper into positions. Every student at Elevate must begin with a 60-minute aerial yoga fundamentals class that is at a slower pace. Then, you can try other levels based on your comfort level. There are also classes on meditation at the Third Avenue studio. Each yoga and meditation class is $25 or you can get a membership.
Fushicho Daiko is Arizona’s longest-running professional performing taiko group that conducts performances, workshops and classes on the powerful performing art. Taiko is the Japanese word for “great drum,” with the ancient musical artform originating back centuries in Asia. You can try taiko for yourself at the Grand Avenue dojo with a single class or ongoing sessions. There are classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students as well as children’s lessons. A single taiko class is just $20 and the beginner’s adult group costs $70 a month.