At Astoria Ballroom, instructors teach dance as an art and a language spoken between two partners. The studio combines the talents of Alex, a competitive dancer and teacher hailing from the former Soviet Union, and his partner Midori. The duo cultivates a warm and social environment for students, all while emphasizing correct technique, physical communication between partners, and a connection between body and mind. Students can drop in to pick up a few foxtrot moves, or strap on dancing shoes to train for full-scale competitions. Because the studio holds memberships in the NDCA and USTA, guests get professional-level training.