Joyce Willett School of Dance nurtures young dancers in an emotionally, intellectually, and socially safe space. Instructors encourage students to embrace their creative instincts, exploring music through the movement of their body while developing fine and gross motor skills in a supportive environment. Teachers integrate multiple dance styles into classes, from the precise gestures of ballet to the less-structured movements of hip-hop and jazz. The school's theater-arts preschool program cultivates young performers through theater games and role-play that emphasize socialization. Students learn to not only read picture books but to act out their stories and ultimately leverage their adorable dimples into a two-picture deal plus a cut of merchandising.
Brass Ovaries' instructors duel gravity with classes, parties, and performances set in a multifunctional aerial arts studio, which garnered the 2010?2011 title of Best Pole Studio in North America's South/Southeast Region from Pole Dance International magazine. An expert staff welcomes physiques of every gender, build, and fitness level to swoop into their seemingly weightless techniques. Courses focus on basic to advanced pole tricks as well as the hangs and twirls of the lyra, and high-heel fitness classes increase endurance for upcoming stiletto marathons.
The studio's title also refers to the name of their vertical performing group, the Brass Ovaries, headed by lead instructor Miss Natasha. The troupe and their educational programs have earned the studio multiple press mentions that highlight the empowering effects of pole mastery, such as enhanced self-esteem and the ability to reach the second floor of a fire station.
"If you can see how beautiful your culture is," China Smith told Austin360, "you can see how beautiful you are." After eight years of teaching dance in East Austin schools, China realized how few opportunities there were to expose students to black art, something she believes is vital to the self-empowerment of her young students. This realization led her to found Ballet Afrique, a performing ensemble and dance studio that blends classical ballet and modern dance with African American culture. Ballet Afrique's team of artists aim to enrich the lives of performers, audiences, and students alike under the belief that expressive movement "transcends race, gender, and socio-economic backgrounds."
In addition to their performances and lectures, the rhythmically inclined dancers also teach classes from their tranquil studio, drawing in pupils of all ages and experience levels. Young twinkle toes learn the fundamentals of ballet, modern, and African dance, and an all-male tap dancing class for ages 9–17 encourages bonding, mentorship, and new ways to communicate with the downstairs neighbors.
Chi Chi Randolph has choreographed routines for hip-hop artists including Nelly and the Black Eyed Peas. Kari Lehman has 15 years of ballet training experience. Viviane Bressan turned her love of belly dance into a career, traversing the globe while teaching and performing the ancient art. At Dance Austin Studio, these three number among more than a dozen dance instructors whose dazzlingly diverse backgrounds enable an array of classes for everyone from preschoolers to grownups and fitness buffs to serious students of dance.
Zumba combines fast-paced cardio choreography with dynamic Latin rhythms, and the 18-and-older Sexy Stiletto Fit class uses high heels to tone calves and build confidence. Students can choose to learn fundamental positions, steps, and vocabulary during structured ballet, lyrical, and jazz programs, or they can develop video-ready swagger during hip-hop classes. The studio’s sense of fun occasionally spills out into the community—it recently teamed up with the city’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to spark a flash mob at city hall, held to raise awareness of emergency preparedness and help officials practice what to do if invaded by dancing aliens.
Dance Zone's scrappy, experienced instructors don't take "I can't, my leg is broken" for an answer. With patience, flair, and commitment to stylishly aerobic fun, they'll lay down the laws of dynamic self-expression, helping you build balance, fitness, and grace. Choose any of Dance Zone's intense, inventive classes. L.A. Street Jazz, Ballet Next, and Cardio Strip-Hop all remix classic disciplines with modern stylings, while Xtreme Abs transforms your stomach into an emergency cheese grater by removing unnecessary uses of the letter "e." Dance Zone also offers Hip-Hop (both intro and intermediate), Contemporary, Breakin', and more. As an added bonus, the Zone's instructors will teach you how to break through your self-consciousness and risk everything for love, despite the objections of your father, Jerry Orbach.
Belly Dance with Bahaia's eponymous owner draws upon her 15 years of torso-contorting experience to teach women the feminine hip-shakes and sinuous motions that compose this ancient art form. Internationally recognized for the belly-dancing skills showcased in her DVDs, Bahaia leads women of all sizes through this low-impact workout that trims waistlines without corset implantation. Each one-hour beginner’s or intermediate/advanced class breaks down torso-undulating technique step by step, allowing students to master the motions while focusing on proper posture and form. Dancers then weave together a string of graceful motions to create a fun, core-strengthening workout that flaunts femininity like an "It's a girl!" bassinet decal. Weekly classes take place either at Arthur Murray Dance Studio or Flamencura Music and Dance Studio. During sessions, students may wear comfortable clothes, keep feet bare or clad in dance slippers, and borrow accouterments such as veils, finger cymbals, and entranced bellybuttons.