Siblings Brandon and Heather have always loved to dance. For 26 years, the two have shared their love of dance through a variety of classes for all ages. Their team of instructors also teaches drama, vocal, guitar, and rock band classes.
Starlighters' owner Laura Hawkins and Johnny Lambert draw upon decades of dance experience to preside over a troupe of professional performers who lead hoofers of all ages through ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, and ballroom moves. In weekly 75-minute sessions, tap classes let percussive pedagogues introduce steps from classic Broadway styling and informal Morse code. Ballet aficionados lead students through five basic positions and into advanced on-point pirouettes, and modern-dance coaches fuse Afro-Cuban, Latin, and lyric styles. Solo coryphées or couples in ballroom-dancing sessions learn to perform basic steps and advanced lifts while tracking progress in studio mirrors. Dancers twirl and leap in two modern studios with sprung hardwood flooring that minimize stress on joints and maximize envy from regular hardwood tree houses.
For more than 20 years, Ozark Mountain Gymnastics has cultivated balance in its students. Though its classes for toddlers to 18-year-olds impart cheering, tumbling, and competitive skills on the physical level, instructors also focus on a healthy equilibrium between mental and visible strength. They emphasize sportsmanship and teamwork, building character traits in their pupils that translate to finesse both on and off the parallel bars. Additionally, they recognize the importance of familial support: parents are welcome to observe classes and always participate in those for children younger than 3.
As a professional member of USA Gymnastics, OMG recruits USA safety- and CPR-certified coaches. In the interest of personalized instruction, its classes typically admit 10 or fewer students, though birthday parties can accommodate up to 15 so kids can switch in and out of the host's human-pyramid throne.
At Step by Step, clients work with experienced instructors on a spacious dance floor. No partners are needed during their exciting group lessons, which can cover everything from basic rumba to salsa steps and preparation for the first dance of your wedding. Private lessons help establish the four basic steps that most styles of dance rely upon.
At Take The Lead, staffers collectively maintain a community-based dance center along with offering personal training services. Through blending relationships, confidence, fun, stress relief, and physical fitness, unique approaches to a variety of dance styles such as country, Latin, and swing are born. Take The Lead treats each session as a chance to connect with others, from custom choreography for altar-bound duos to group classes that implore students to dance until cows have returned home, emptied the recycling, and retired to bed. The studio—which features a sprung floor, reducing the impact on joints and bones—also hosts myriad other functions such as Zumba, performance, fitness, and social classes. In addition to its dance classes, Take The Lead offers one-on-one personal training to help participants build lean muscle and boost overall movement skills.
Founded 16 years ago by Jay and Beth Handline, Dance Trance constructs an upbeat fitness regimen that doesn't require reenacting historic dance battles such as the Hoedown of Antietam to burn calories. During hour-long classes, students are schooled in four to five dance routines for an invigorating workout appropriate for all ages and ability levels. Each fitness-driven session is different, keeping students on their toes with popular music, lighting effects, and diverse choreography. To keep up with new music and dance trends, exercises are choreographed on a quarterly basis; they incorporate jazz, funk, hip-hop, Latin, and Uncle Steve's best wedding-reception moves, plucked from the idea nests of Dance Trance choreographers across the country. Gym or aerobic shoes are required for class; the smoother the sole, the better.