Bodies twirl gracefully through the air, seemingly defying gravity as they float gracefully earthward in slow-motion pirouettes. Such a descriptions might suit a cirque du soleil performance—or any Saturday morning class at Iluminar Aerial. Founded by two professional aerial dancers, the studio provides both performances and classes for the community.
They take on students of any age, but particularly specialize in teaching kids. For the youth who attend their center, they teach different sports that build fitness right alongside confidence and social skills. They also teach kids on the go with a program called Iluminar Mobile, designed to fit into regular or after school curriculum.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or cha-cha. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur fire walking.
The instructors at L'Ru Studios—all of whom have undergone professional training or held careers in the dance industry—aren't afraid to mix things up. They lead a range of classes where fusion is key. For instance, in pole dancing and salsa, they combine cardio and strength-training exercises with sensual movements to create fun and unique fitness experiences. They even blend disciplines into entirely new styles—their vertical barre course mixes pole tricks with ballet techniques. For even more unconventional workouts, they lead circus and aerial yoga sessions that combine acrobatics with flexibility-boosting poses. In addition to offering private parties and lessons, they host workshops and class series designed to build a repertoire of dance or circus skills for use in full routines.
Though their curriculum is broad, their philosophy remains focused. They strive to cultivate a judgment-free area for guests of all fitness levels, builds, and ages. This ideology of accessibility and acceptance surfaces in their small class sizes and supportive attitudes.
Richard and Jennifer Booth fell in love with ballroom dancing more than 30 years ago. Since then, they've fueled their passion by participating in national dance competitions and coaching U.S. champions and finalists in all styles of ballroom dance. At Booth's Dance Denver, the couple strives to pass their love of dance to others through private and group lessons that cover more than 30 dances, including salsa, East Coast swing, and tango. They also host Friday- and Sunday-night dance parties, where students can show off their new moves.
First years are often tough for small businesses, but when Funky Find Boutique’s first birthday rolled around, it wasn’t shakily toddling around and covered in frosting. Instead, the boutique store was strutting proudly, fresh off a big win in Denver A-List’s 2012 Best Women's Accessories category. Olde Town Arvada and Copper Mountain Village locations won the favor of Denverites with their eclectic sweaters, cardigans, and jackets. Although the selection rotates constantly, unique jewelry and sequined handbags always can make a wardrobe more colorful or a tall robot with glowing eyes less terrifying.
Feet on the Ground LLC founders Charlie and Etalia view dance as more than a sport—it's a delicate art form intrinsically tied to one's love of his or her own body, life itself, and the earth. That's why they teach forms of dance as organic as the contents of a nutritionist's fridge, including free-flowing modern dance and body-love dance, which pays homage to your form. They also teach children how to connect with their bodies and nature at dance classes inspired by the movements of animals or earth, fire, water, and air.