The expert instructors at Champion's Dance Studio spread their love of dance during lessons for all ages. The studio specializes in ballroom and Latin dancing for children and adults, but also offers classes in the Tango, Waltz, and Foxtrot.
Influenced by dance trends from Europe to Latin America, the staff at SuperShag Dance Studios splits its time between three Boston-area spaces filled with dancing poles, yoga mats, and custom sound systems. Founder Chris Johnston—who won several amateur Latin dance championships as a kid in Ireland and was named a World Class adjudicator by the National Dance Council of America—carefully amassed his talented troupe of teachers from dance schools around the world and from Fred Astaire’s botched attempts to clone himself. During private and group lessons, they spice up Latin-, ballroom-, and pole-dance numbers with an urban twist heavily influenced by British Dancesport, and ready students for competitions.
As a ballroom-dance teacher, Monica had already mastered the dance floor when she found out she was pregnant. Though the news meant she had to give up some of her larger responsibilities, she kept teaching up until a week before she gave birth and came back just eight weeks after, driven by her love of dance.
But her months of working during pregnancy had taught her something: dancing was social and active, which was “keeping her sane.” Not only did it improve her mood, the stimulation of dancing helped keep her child, Oscar, calm both in the womb and in his carrier. Spurred by her new experiences, Monica founded Mama Ballroom to share the joy of dancing with other expecting and brand-new moms. Monica’s one-hour classes impart basic steps and patterns in a variety of ballroom styles, allowing moms of any experience level to move to the music and ensure their baby’s popularity at kindergarten cocktail hours. Mama Ballroom incorporates elements of classical, Latin, and tango to teach students to sway to the sultry sounds of Sinatra, salsa, and merengue.
On Friday nights at Crosby Whistle Stop dance hall, the floorboards heat up under the swinging steps of students, regulars, and teachers cutting a rug at Boston Swing’s Central’s weekly social dances. Sometimes it’s pre-recorded tunes and sometimes it’s a live band inspiring the boogiers, but either way, it’s a rollicking good time for all ages and skill levels and no partner is required.
The weekly party, which starts with a group class from 8-9 p.m. and then transforms into a free-for-all from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m., is the focal point of the non-profit dance organization. Boston Swing Central also offers classes and boot camps where dance instructors teach you how to do the east coast, lindy hop, and Charleston.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Wendy Reardon has worn many hats. From a writer for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons to a papal historian in London, she's journeyed far and wide in her career choices, but anyone who knows her now would say she's at her best without a hat on?after all, it falls off every time she does a graceful inversion. Having been an exotic dancer in Los Angeles and London, she wanted to share the fun, athletic, and confidence building aspects of the industry to women in Massachusetts, and, as a result, opened Gypsy Rose Exotic Fitness & Pole Dancing Lessons. She has even authored "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Exotic & Pole Dancing" and the studio has been featured by a large number of media outlets.
Here, she hosts small and personalized classes for participants, ensuring each of them truly learns the topic at hand. She inspired gals of all ages, shapes, and fitness levels to boost their confidence and strengthen their bodies, with Release the Kraken for beginners and Poultry in Motion teaching free-style swings, poses, and ankle swings. Her classes don't shy away from the more racy side of the art form either, with subjects ranging from striptease to couple's lap dances, complete with recitals.