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.
For more than three decades, Belliston Academy of Ballet and Belliston Centre of Dance have inspired slipper shufflers and character-shoe stompers to temper their technique in weekly dance classes. Ballerinas splash in pool-based pointe-conditioning classes that strengthen feet and muscles for on-stage pointe execution and water-spitting fountain imitations. Children and adults achieve greater balance and grace through lessons in a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and tumbling, while pre-dance classes introduce younger children (ages 3–6) to the fundamentals of expressive movement, forward momentum, and dance terminology, enabling them to point out faulty fouettés and lava-covered barres.
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.
Ballet Nouveau Colorado enchants dance devotees and ballet beginners alike through innovative productions filled with contemporary choreography, with the Rarities & Oddities show boasting an anything goes approach that’s packed with imaginative concepts. Guest choreographers Alex Ketley and Maurya Kerr, hailing from acclaimed San Francisco dance companies, together with BNC artist Jason Franklin and BNC artistic director Garrett Ammon, showcase a dizzying display of fantastical pageantry and eccentric routines that erase expectations and replace them with wonder, much like a tax-return envelope filled with glitter. Within the ample 600-seat theater at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, plié-curious attendees will perch in standard-level seats located comfortably close to the action.
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.