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The Sweat Spot

3327 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
2009 2020

The Sweat Spot was choreographer Ryan Heffington’s dance studio in the heart of Silverlake, which he opened after hosting a series of popular dance classes called Sweat Sundays. It was a 2200 square foot space and a hub of the east side arts community. The classes included ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip hop, dance fitness, Gaga, Pilates and a variety of emerging dance styles and fitness classes specific to the teachers and choreographers who called The Sweat Spot their home for 10 years. In addition to Heffington, these instructors included Maurice Harris, Nina McNeely, Jasmine Albuquerque, and many others who straddled underground and mainstream culture. The Sweat Spot was a rehearsal space for local queer dance-centric performances such as KTCHN and WIFE.

Most of the classes that were offered at The Sweat Spot’s physical location were all levels, and it was common to see complete beginners and professional dancers sweating side by side.