The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Arts Organization Award, Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy aims to preserve the art of classical dance with dazzling performances. For “Spring Celebration,” the troupe will perform works by in-house choreographers and guests including Rokaya Duval of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. The two-hour, highly collaborative extravaganza will also see the company joined by dancers from Kenai-based Peninsula Artists in Motion, the adventurous and edgy Pulse Dance Company, and hip-hop crew Underground Dance Company. The performance aims to delight dance fans and animated Christmas toys aged 6 and older.
Alaska Dance Promotions hosts rhythmic, Latin-flavored classes for budding rug-cutters during Alaska’s largest dance festival, the Alaska Salsa Festival. Students who opt for the salsa-immersion program dive into a sequence of 12 weekly classes built around a cumulative curriculum that discourages drop-ins as thoroughly as steel ceilings. Alternatively, patrons can bolster their cardio fitness with the athletic dance moves and international rhythms of Zumba classes, opt for one-on-one lessons, or follow group classes as they roam through spicy modalities such as bachata, cha cha, and meringue. Partnerless dancers are welcomed and smoothly paired with fellow students, and classes require no specialty gear, only comfortable outfits in breathable fabrics.