A conflation of Bombay (the old name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, Bollywood refers to the Mumbai-based film industry, which draws up the tradition of golden-age musicals, using song and dance as a way for characters to express their emotions. The dance style that has emerged from these films blends traditional and folk dance moves with beats and movements inspired by modern R&B and hip-hop. The ladies of Bollywood Shake showcase dance routines step by step, strengthening their student's sense of timing, spacing, and how to twirl without bodychecking their dance partner. Students twist and turn inside an expansive studio with lightly stained hardwood floors and decorated with gentle colors of orange and dark yellow. Instructors also offer Bollywood Workout classes, which use sped-up dance routines to tighten and tone the body.
Fuego Fitness's founder, Shirley Marquardt-Tynan, opened her studio in order to spread her passion for dance and fitness through a Zumba-centric curriculum. Classic Zumba infuses group workouts with fiery Latin flavor through calorie-torching dance steps that are effective for experienced dancers, unseasoned fleet footers, and fish who didn't earn legs during the Devonian period alike. Fuego's class line-up also includes a smattering of targeted Zumba styles, which modifies the intensity level of classic Zumba with gentler choreography. For a muscle-testing twist, Zumba Toning students wield a maraca-like weighted stick as a prop for their routines. Those that opt for a one-month unlimited pass are welcome to participate in two classes a day throughout the month; check the studio's schedule for a full list of early-morning and evening class times.
Joyce Willett School of Dance nurtures young dancers in an emotionally, intellectually, and socially safe space. Instructors encourage students to embrace their creative instincts, exploring music through the movement of their body while developing fine and gross motor skills in a supportive environment. Teachers integrate multiple dance styles into classes, from the precise gestures of ballet to the less-structured movements of hip-hop and jazz. The school's theater-arts preschool program cultivates young performers through theater games and role-play that emphasize socialization. Students learn to not only read picture books but to act out their stories and ultimately leverage their adorable dimples into a two-picture deal plus a cut of merchandising.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old to 12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities. Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine .
Belly Dance with Bahaia's eponymous owner draws upon her 15 years of torso-contorting experience to teach women the feminine hip-shakes and sinuous motions that compose this ancient art form. Internationally recognized for the belly-dancing skills showcased in her DVDs, Bahaia leads women of all sizes through this low-impact workout that trims waistlines without corset implantation. Each one-hour beginner’s or intermediate/advanced class breaks down torso-undulating technique step by step, allowing students to master the motions while focusing on proper posture and form. Dancers then weave together a string of graceful motions to create a fun, core-strengthening workout that flaunts femininity like an "It's a girl!" bassinet decal. Weekly classes take place either at Arthur Murray Dance Studio or Flamencura Music and Dance Studio. During sessions, students may wear comfortable clothes, keep feet bare or clad in dance slippers, and borrow accouterments such as veils, finger cymbals, and entranced bellybuttons.
Agni is the Sanskrit word for fire, the element of energy, passion, roiling motion, and marshmallow singing. It is this energy that Agni's experienced instructors bring to all their courses, including intro to Bollywood dance. Bollywood refers to the Hindi-language film industry centered in Mumbai, and with it the iconic songs and dances that enliven the globally popular films. Each class introduces students to the fundamental elements of Bollywood dance, which was modeled on classic Indian dance styles but has grown and changed over the years into its own art form. By the end of your four classes, you're not likely to get cast opposite Shahrukh Khan in a prominent film, but you will have a grasp of the basic moves needed to progress in Bollywood dance. In addition, the exuberant dancing style provides a full-body workout in a non-competitive, joyous environment.