1. Wuyi studio
This studio is very old but the teachers are very good here and a lot of students go here because it is the cheapest option from all of the dance classes in Taiwan. A walk in class will only cost you 400TWD as compared to other studios who would charge 500-800TWD. Just come 20 mins before class and they will allow you to join any of their classes.
How to get there: Exit M7 at the Taipei main station. You will see a 7-11 to your left and you turn left to that street then you will see a small door to your Right and go up to the 3rd floor using the elevator.
Cost of classes: 400 TWD regular, 500TWD pointe shoes
2. 62 studio ( Art Wave, organizer of Gala in Taipei )
This studio different from the Wuyi studio is relatively new. They are one of the more famous studios because they are the organisers of Galas in Taipei. Their teachers are also very good here and plenty of kids and adults take class here during the evening. If you would like to come here go here during the day where there are lesser people. They also sell ballet rosa leotards here, which is a local leotard brand from Taipei.
Cost of classes: 500 TWD regular class and 200TWD pointe shoes.
After walking an hour or so in Yongle, we finally found the fabric market. The street leading up to it, lined with fabric stores, makes you think that’s already it –we walked past the mall the first time. Funny because it’s the biggest structure in the area. In front of the street are a few benches in a small open space and across the street is the 1920’s bookstore. You should’t miss it.
Eating the mall, through the plastic curtains, the first thing you notice is the smell of fish. This is because the first floor is in fact a wet market. Crabs, squid, a nd other sea creatures whose names I have only seen in my textbooks. And of course, there are also stalls that sell cooked food.
The second floor, to put it simply, is a maze of fabric stores. From mesh to cotton to those things you use for blankets, they have everything. Plenty of Japanese prints. There are not so much people going around, mostly young people who look like they go to fashion school. As I do not look very Chinese, they still addressed us in the language. Perhaps this is because they do not get much tourists around her. But in any case, yards and meters are still the units used.
We managed to get out of the maze and up into the third floor. It was full a floor full of seamstresses. We did not go around up there too much as we aren’t staying long enough to have something sown anyway. So we just went back to the second floor to shop some more!
How to get there: Most sites say to take the MRT, get off at the Shuanglian Station, then take the Red 33 or 518 buses, and get off at the intersection of Minsheng West Road. We opted however to ride the train to Biemen station and exit the Y7 exit. As you walk along that area you will already start to see lace shops and tailoring shops. Small crochet shops and nice pottery and wood working places. Its a nice walk to the Yongle market if you like to do a lot of walking you could opt to take this route.
Opening hours: Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 6pm and closed on Sundays