Dance directors Christina Penatello and Ken Hansen have trained underneath champions such as Dancing With the Stars contestant Louis Van Amstel, whose new dance fitness classes, LaBlast, has become a staple of the studio’s schedule. LaBlast classes share schedule space with instruction in cha cha, tango, swing, and other social dances. To sample the studio’s wares, budding dancers can follow in instructors’ rhythmic footsteps during 30-minute introductory sessions, which traverse various modalities with a speed-teaching method. As part of the renowned Fred Astaire franchise, instructors also host social dance parties and choreograph wedding dances for couples who want their first dance to look as effortless as tossing a flaming bouquet.
The crack team of instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio swiftly instills rug-cutting basics in students with a speed-teaching method that demystifies ballroom standards such as rumba, cha-cha, swing, waltz, tango, foxtrot, and hustle. Private lessons hone pupils' moves under direct guidance of a teacher, while group lessons build talents in a more social setting, rotating partners throughout the class. Dance socials and dancers' nights out let students meet one another, practice their craft with new partners, and quietly horde hors d' oeuvres for upcoming attempts at running away from home.
The teachers of Dance Factory lead students of all levels through ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, acrobatics, pointe, and contemporary dance instruction during their year-round sessions. In addition to teaching students the proper technical skills, the instructors seek to instill good habits and character traits in their students.
Lustig Dance Theatre is a performance company, a dance school, and an outreach organization all rolled into one. Started in 2010 by esteemed choreographer Graham Lustig, the dance company works hard to cultivate a press-lauded, diverse season of shows while nurturing the talents of dancers of all ages.