Toes tap, soles crisscross, and ankles point and flex as pairs of dancers whirl across Arthur Murray Dance Studio’s smooth floors, where Sacramento-area hoofers have practiced steps since 1947. A specialized curriculum imparts basics such as foot position and rhythm, as well as how to lead, follow, or trot across the ceiling during beginning classes, and eventually ushers students into bronze, silver, and competition-level gold classes. Graceful instructors certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association lead classes and events such as private lessons, group formation practices, core rhythms reviews, and weekly practice parties.
Founded with the goal of bolstering childhood development via confidence- and fitness-boosting programs, Tricks Gymnastics, Dance, and Swim's team of instructors keeps kids of all ages active and engaged via a host of high-energy classes. The highly skilled and friendly crew works hard to foster a nurturing environment within each class, keeping a close eye on the kids while teaching them new skills via positive reinforcement and recognition of effort. All three locations offer dance classes that introduce preschool Baryshnikovs to the world of movement and grant school-aged pupils a chance to explore various styles ranging from ballet to jazz to ballroom hokey pokey.
Meanwhile, experienced coaches man gymnastics programs designed to combat inactivity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Young ones aged 0–5 burn excess energy and hone flexibility during Tumblebunny classes, and big kids build strength and character thanks to both noncompetitive and competitive programs. A variety of special events include date nights that enable parents to sneak off for an evening of fun while their progeny plays at the gym. The Folsom location further fortifies its kinetic curriculum with swim programs focused on teaching pupils the essentials of water safety and basic swimming techniques. Paddlers grouped into classes by age hop into the crystalline pool, splashing about in waters kept at a balmy 89 degrees to ward off loitering snowflakes.
The welcoming instructors at Sacramento Pole Fitness guide students of all experience levels through fun, sweat-inducing sessions of vertical acrobatics. In private, fitness-based classes, the teachers meet students in one-on-one sessions to help refine techniques, teach basic and intermediate moves, or perfect fireman escapes. With five-class passes, dancers have the freedom to try several different sessions. The Pole Orientation class begins with critical safety information before moving on to hands-on trials. Test out a variety of spins, climbs, twirls, and floor work in the Pole Passion class, which preps students to perform tougher cardio workouts and navigate a ropes course made of feather boas in the more advanced Pole Fitness class. Students never have to share poles, which vary in length up to 12 feet and by manufacturer, allowing dancers to test different poles.
During the show, junior virtuosos will play classic holiday tunes to connect with their community through service and steward holiday cheer. The library space can accommodate at least 400 community members for the concert, which will culminate in a finale conducted by a young audience member. The symphony still needs additional funding to cover the costs of transporting instruments, renting out the venue, and producing the concert.
Each year, the Mainstage troupe stages seven challenging, emotion-evoking plays in an intimate theater setting. The current production, Old Love (running Aug. 1–Sept. 12), jumps back and forth through 25 years in the relationship of a salesman, Bud Mitchell, and his boss's wife, Molly Graham. The illicit infatuation is portrayed through scenes of sporadic encounters interspersed with heartfelt monologues and comedic moments both light and dark. Adult tickets for Friday-, Saturday-, and Sunday-evening shows are normally $30 (senior and student tickets are $28); Tuesday-, Wednesday-, and Thursday-evening shows are normally $25 (senior/student $23); and Wednesday matinees are normally $22 (senior/student $18). Check the schedule for showtimes, and put on your play-watching pilot's goggles for an evening of stellar stagework at B Street Theatre.