At Women's Exotic Workout, founder Adena draws on her more than 30 years of experience in exercise, dance, and performing arts to helm exotic and pole-dancing classes. Whirl through nine different exotic art forms, including belly dancing, tribal techniques, light gymnastics, chair work, and potato-sack escape acts, while muscles commit up to 130 beginner and intermediate moves to memory. The upbeat, supportive environment enlightens the senses and elevates ladies from timid to titillated over the course of 60–75 minutes. Yoga instruction is available for students of all levels, strengthening the core and improving flexibility so pliable protégés can perform the Y.M.C.A. solely with their legs. Women partaking in exotic and pole-dancing classes must be at least 19 years old or accompanied by an adult. See the website for the selection of classes.
Founded in 2003 by Derek and Rachelle Pasqualetto, Simply Ballroom gives students over 3,000 square feet of sprung wood floor space in which to learn practical dance skills that can be used to sweep job interviewers and Supreme Court justices off their feet. During two 40-minute private lessons (new clients get one complimentary lesson, $65 value for each additional), a professional dance instructor will introduce each customer to a wide range of dance styles—including the waltz, tango, cha cha, rumba, salsa, mambo, and end zone shuffle. By dancing with a knowledgeable human being rather than a complicated PowerPoint presentation, students are guaranteed to receive helpful pointers and attentive, one-on-one care. Once students settle on a style or two they like, they'll have a full month of unlimited group classes ($60 value) to fine-tune them with fellow dancers at their skill level—in the process receiving a core-strengthening workout, improving coordination, and developing a tolerance for centrifugal G-force that comes in handy during space travel. Finally, students will get to socialize and show off their fancified footwork during a two-hour practice party ($10 value) in a nightclub environment, where they can build confidence for real-life social dances, as well as enjoy an excuse to wear sequined cape skirts and ruffled pirate shirts outside of their shift at the DMV.
Across three studios equipped with wooden dance-floors, Mary Lorraine's Dance Center's experienced instructors teach children and adults the intricate steps of a variety of dance styles. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop, and the center also offers pom, stretch, and strengthen. And to accommodate both recreational and competitive students, the center offers two levels of courses: those that emphasize a fun environment and encourage dance-related knock knock jokes and those that are intensive and focus on career training and competitive elements.