As a dancer and instructor, Tiffany Enger has pirouetted through world-renowned institutions such as Steps, The Broadway Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet School. Today, at Just Dance Academy, she and her staff of dance professionals help ignite passion for the art form in children as young as 3 years old. Though their classes build strong foundations in ballet, hip-hop, and other styles, benefits extend beyond just technical dance skills. The instructors strive to help each pupil become comfortable with self-expression and creativity during recitals and state-mandated flash mobs as well as auditions for the studio's competition teams.
The instructors of French Kiss Fitness model their group classes after the acts of performers such as Pink, the pop star who thrilled audiences at the 2010 Grammys with a dance routine derived from circus acrobatics. Like a dark room plastered with Lou Ferrigno posters, the studio's workout style both develops and shows off muscle. Fourteen poles support physiques as they execute moves that build core strength; off the pole, students learn floor- or chair-based routines to replicate at home. Aerial classes build center strength with the help of silk ropes, dangling hoops, and a trapeze. For more traditional workouts, students can attend core-strengthening Pilates classes or yoga classes to relax the mind and body.
The caring faculty at Syracuse Dance Academy helps students develop confidence and transform raw talent into stage-ready choreography during classes for ages 18 months and older. The 7,000-square-foot facility holds three separate studios—one for ballet, one specifically for children's classes, and one exclusively for tumbling. Prima ballerinas can stretch their legs on bars lining a hardwood floor that is suspended to cushion the body during graceful leaps and misguided trust falls. In the children's studio, parents gaze from observation windows during classes or pile in front of the purple-curtained stage to enjoy in-house performances. During tumbling classes for boys or girls, a pit trampoline and 50-foot rod floor help spring tumblers into the air, and the 16-foot vaulted ceiling ensures they come down before hitting the stratosphere. At the end of the year, dancers from every class sashay onto the Val A. Browning Center for Performing Arts' stage at Weber State University for the end-of-year recital that creates a professional dance atmosphere.
Emily Jane Center for Dance?s owner, Emily Jane Weaver, couldn?t wait until she graduated from college to become a dance teacher. Though she received her BFA from the University of Utah?s nationally ranked modern-dance program in 2012, she began teaching in 2008. A dancer herself since 1995, Emily and her crew lead group classes for students as young as 18 months in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop. Classes unique to the center include "Mornings/Afternoons of Magic" and "Me & Tot."
Expressions Dance turns pointed toes and graceful arms into a form of self-expression with dance classes catered to kids aged 18 months and older. Starting as toddlers, dancers can move with their parents to music, eventually progressing to more complicated styles including ballet, jazz, tumbling, and hip hop.
Utah Salsa's instructors orchestrate explosive Latin dance events in Salt Lake City, ranging from classes to heated competitions to salsa dance nights, which are backed by live beats. Weekly salsa classes introduce newcomers to the fleet-footed art and provide longtimers a venue to showcase their moves. For those with a bit of experience underfoot, the biweekly bachata sessions elucidate the scandalously intimate dance, which is most commonly performed during corporate icebreakers. The enthusiastic instructors throw salsa parties, complete with live bands and catering, on a regular basis, and are the organizers and judges behind some of the area’s top competitions, including the Utah Salsa Championship, the Jack & Jill Latin Cup, and the Utah King and Queen of Bachata contest.