A conflation of Bombay (the old name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, Bollywood refers to the Mumbai-based film industry, which draws up the tradition of golden-age musicals, using song and dance as a way for characters to express their emotions. The dance style that has emerged from these films blends traditional and folk dance moves with beats and movements inspired by modern R&B and hip-hop. The ladies of Bollywood Shake showcase dance routines step by step, strengthening their student's sense of timing, spacing, and how to twirl without bodychecking their dance partner. Students twist and turn inside an expansive studio with lightly stained hardwood floors and decorated with gentle colors of orange and dark yellow. Instructors also offer Bollywood Workout classes, which use sped-up dance routines to tighten and tone the body.
Agni is the Sanskrit word for fire, the element of energy, passion, roiling motion, and marshmallow singing. It is this energy that Agni's experienced instructors bring to all their courses, including intro to Bollywood dance. Bollywood refers to the Hindi-language film industry centered in Mumbai, and with it the iconic songs and dances that enliven the globally popular films. Each class introduces students to the fundamental elements of Bollywood dance, which was modeled on classic Indian dance styles but has grown and changed over the years into its own art form. By the end of your four classes, you're not likely to get cast opposite Shahrukh Khan in a prominent film, but you will have a grasp of the basic moves needed to progress in Bollywood dance. In addition, the exuberant dancing style provides a full-body workout in a non-competitive, joyous environment.
Named for Charles Lindbergh's feat of leaping across the Atlantic with a plane strapped to his back in 1927, the lindy hop shook the foundations of many an American dance hall in the 1920s and '30s. During those roaring decades, the dance blended unrestrained new forms of movement, including jazz, tap, breakaway, and the Charleston. The dance became synonymous with swing, requiring of its dancers athleticism, enthusiasm, and a bit of training. Today, in an era of popping and locking, or programming robotic shoes to dance for you, the instructors at The Lindy Project keep the art form fresh, imparting Austin's two-steppers with the skills and fitness to perform this slice of Americana.
They lead group classes twice a week for couples and solo artists, or expedite the process with private lessons taught by an instructor schooled in a wide range of styles, such as balboa and shag. The art's many influences leave room for individualization and improvisation in dance styles, with some instructors incorporating more lifts and twirls while others perform tap moves while wearing scuba flippers.
When Dr. Gretchen Hoover purchased About Smiles’ dental facility, she was dissatisfied with the look and feel of the practice. So she and her husband remodeled the office themselves, adding amenities such as a gourmet coffee bar, free WiFi, and cable TV in every room.
Dr. Hoover’s vision, drive, and commitment to her patients’ comfort are also apparent in her approach to dentistry. She draws on the most advanced technology available as she performs preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services for adults and children. Intraoral cameras provide a close-up view of teeth, and low-radiation digital x-rays, panoramic x-rays, and computer 3-D scans reveal details invisible to both the naked eye and a dog's sense of smell. Computer-assisted CEREC technology allows Dr. Hoover to create crowns for patients in one visit.
Balance Dance Studios owner Kathy Dupuy understands the importance of balance—it’s a necessity for a mother of four who is also the owner of several businesses and member of area boards. So when beginning her studio, the longtime dancer wanted to create a space where students of all ages could connect their bodies, souls, and minds in order to center themselves in the face of everyday distractions such as work-related stress or malfunctioning jazz hands. Dupuy, her partner Kristin Nicolaisen, and their expert staff begin each class period with a moment of gratitude and recite an inspirational reading each week that helps adults focus during and after dance class and teaches children about the importance of teamwork.
The trainers at Movin' It Studios strive to offer the variety of classes that might be found at a big gym, but in a more intimate atmosphere at their cozy south Austin studio. This smaller setting allows instructors to share tips on form and motivate members to pursue their goals, whether they want to get in better shape, lose weight, or collect sweat for a science experiment.