The fitness instructors at Exotic Curves Pole Fitness Studio create design and lead sultry pole-dance classes in an effort to boost good health, chisel strong physiques, and bolster self-confidence. Owner and pole instructor Stephanie Mancuso, a dancer since age 7, forged the swirl-inducing dance studio close to her hometown, fusing her love for dancing, her enthusiasm for helping others, and her passion for vintage fireman poles. Utilizing knowledge of a variety of dance techniques—such as Zumba, belly dancing, and chair dancing—the studio’s staff provides a number of steamy outlets to foster streamlined silhouettes and release pent-up energy. Stephanie and her staff also host special events, such as bachelorette parties for brides-to-be and retirement shindigs for nostalgic polecats.
Professional dancer Francis Teri knows how to celebrate. He?s danced at Ziegfeld Theater for the party in honor of Dirty Dancing's 20th anniversary and at the 30th anniversary shindig for the iconic Saturday Night Fever. At Dance Fever Studios, he and a team of experienced dance instructors party down everyday, helping students hone specific footwork skills or nail the basics in beginner and intermediate classes. Attendees learn good timing and partner connection in beginner salsa, or how to pull off the waltz and foxtrot in ballroom dancing. During beginner and intermediate hustle classes, students learn how to do the basic dance step without disturbing the goldfish in their shoes.
When Dara was growing up, she was often picked last in gym class because she couldn't keep her eye on the ball. Nowadays, however, her fitness regimen is ball-free—and she's so passionate about it, she started her own fitness studio: Sacred. Primarily a yoga studio, the center specializes in Evolation Yoga, which blends the flexibility and cardio benefits of Bikram yoga with meditation. However, other classes complement the flowing hot yoga workouts in Dara's curriculum, ranging from hot Pilates to fusion dance and more sultry dances. Pole dance sessions, for example, cover basic spins and floorwork, whereas the Bed-Stuy Burlesque class teaches students to peel off stockings, gloves, and other garb to reveal their sexy wetsuits.
Drawn from the studios of The Ailey School and NYU Tisch, the tours of Jill Scott and pop acts, and the ring of the Big Apple Circus, the faculty members at Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center know how to bust moves for every occasion. On the sprung floors of the center's three studios, they guide students of all ages through a diverse spread of performing arts curricula. From classes like Dancing Toddlers and children's circus arts programs, to adult lessons in capoeira and ballet, classes teach lessons to performers young and slightly less young. The learning continues, no matter the time of year; camps synchronized with school breaks let kids learn something even when they're not hanging out with their school's most bookish janitors.