Dance Class (French Title: Studio Danse) is a French Graphic Novel series written by an author duo named Béka (Bertrand Escaich & Caroline Rogue) and artist known as Crip. The book is translated and published by Papercutz in the Western Market and Bamboo Edition in it's home country.
The series is well... about a dance class and the forms of it, from ballet, street dancing, African Dance, Tecktonic dancing, etc. Following the three leads, Julie, Alia and Lucie, as they go through lessons, participate in plays and sometime inadvertently apply their skills to daily life with usual hilarious results. Essentially it's a slice of life series but with quite the interesting look into the world of dance.
Started in 2012, the series has eleven volumes at the current as of 2019 (Though the tenth won't be translated for English till 2020).
- All Part of the Show: During certain plays, something sometimes goes wrong but the audience just rolls with it and think it's a change up to the story or a new addition.
- Agony of the Feet:
- In one comic, Alia and Lucie go to a dance but end up having their feet stepped on since the boys at said dance didn't know how to slow dance properly.
- Another◊ showed Bruno trying various sports before settling on dance thinking it safer... least until Carla accidentally steps on his foot during a practice routine.
- Another strip had the class do an outside African tribal dance performance. However they were barefoot and the day they did it on was very hot and warmed the street. So when the performance was over, the class couldn't stop hopping because the ground was so hot.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Capucine, Julie's little sister, sometimes falls into this in a few comics.
- Ballet: While the series does look into other forms of dancing, Ballet is usually the main focus.
- Big Eater: Lucie, made pretty obvious by her pudgy figure. If there's any food around or a role that's associated with it, chances are she'll be seen nibbling on something.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory!: The girls usually run into this problem when not practicing, sometime doing their exercises while in classes or while bored.
- Hot for Teacher: In the first issue, a few of the girls, namly Julie and Alia, fall for the street dancing teacher K.T.
- Hypocritical Humor: Some comics involve the Ballet teacher, Ms Anne, telling the girls to practice routinely to keep themselves limber◊ only once the class is done and everyone gone to reveal she doesn't exactly practices what she preaches herself.
- Language Barrier: Alia runs into this problem◊ when the class goes to Russia for a recital when trying to ask a boy out on a date. Ironically said boy had the same idea as her.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Carla usually ends up suffering this. A running gag in the first two issues have her trying to snatch the roses meant Julie only to suffer a consequence. The first time, she pricks her finger and faints at the sight of her blood. The second time, she was hit with a pollen allergy.
- Metaphorically True: One strip had Julie and Alia telling their parents that their dance class was going to run a little late then usual. Turns out it was a lie to go a teen club which technically does have dancing.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The girls sometime use their dance skills to their benefit outside the class or stage such as managing to tip toe around their teacher without notice or use it to reach a light bulb.
- Playing Against Type: In-Universe example. When the class is set to preform "Snow White", Julie was naturally cast as the main lead. Carla and surprisingly Julie objected, the former tired of Julie getting the main leads while the latter wanted to try something different. So Julie was given the role of the Evil Queen while Julie got Snow White (albeit briefly, when she couldn't get along with the kid dancers playing the dwarves. She was given the role of the mirror instead while Lucie got Snow White).
- Potty Emergency: A comic has one of the students asking this◊ when the class come to Russia to participant in a recital.
- Roadside Wave: In one comic, Alia tries to recreate the "Singing in the Rain" number in actual rain while at a bus stop. Only to have a passing car splash water on her.
- Shout-Out: Book 10 involves the class putting up a performance based on The Snow Queen. While the story the performance is following is reasonably faithful to Andersen's tale, the costumes the characters are wearing are almost identical to those from another well-known adaptation of the fairy tale (including a certain iconic ice dress for the dancer playing the Snow Queen, and upon which the story hinges). Additionally, the English title of the book is "Letting it go".
- Shown Their Work: The writers and artist clearly have been studying the various forms of dance as most of the techniques seen in the book are quite accurate.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Carla, she sees herself as a prima ballerina who should gain all the lead roles. While she is a competent dancer, her rotten attitude and selfish stance don't exactly endure her in preforming well with others. Ironically the one time she did get the lead role for "Snow White", she ended up forfeiting the role to Lucie since the child dancers that were meant to play the dwarves finally got fed up with her and refused to preform until the role was recast. Even more ironic she usually ends up in the role of the villains a majority of the time.
- Teens Love Shopping: One humorous strip saw the three girl seemingly on a shopping strip but it turns out that they had initially went in to ask the manager if it was okay for them to put up an advertisement for the dance class, having gotten distracted while doing so to the point that they has spent 45 minutes in each store they visited so far and still had more to go.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Played for laughs when Bruno, the sole male member in the ballet class, has his father complain about him taking ballet while his co-workers have sons that are into sports. Least until he see the other girls greet him. Then his father is proudly bragging to his co-workers that his son has "things figured out".