The Dance Studio's instructors start by building a foundation. Teaching ballet and tap to students as young as 3, they instill solid techniques into students' muscle memories, setting them up to build on these skills throughout their lives. Teachers nurture a welcoming, noncompetitive environment, and are selected both for their dance prowess and their ability to serve as role models to their young charges. Locations in both Grand Blanc and Clio ensure that dancers have two places to practice their tour jetés or accidentally forget their tutus.
Our goal is to bring the art and joy of pole dancing to all women and men who want to discover an exciting and enjoyable method of fitness.
We strive to remove the stigma that the term ‘pole dancing’ may bring to mind, and to show our customers a method of fitness that is as enjoyable as it is effective.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Dance icon Gene Kelly once said, “The history of dance on film begins with Astaire.” Since its founding in 1947, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio has continued to turn out dancers with the aid of a pragmatic curriculum that imparts Hollywood–quality footwork. Now taught at more than 140 studios, the curriculum teaches students diverse styles ranging from ballroom to latin to swing and salsa. Stratified by skill level, classes can take students on a journey from rudimentary basics through the foundations of social dance, and then on to more advanced moves, with a trophy system delineating each student’s progress. Dancers of all skill levels and ages can expand their repertoires with group classes, personalized one-on-one instruction, or special wedding dance programs that fortify couples for their first dance as newlyweds.
After performing as a soloist with the Metropolitan Ballet Society, Lori Burton sashayed out of her pointe shoes and down the avenue of her new, fiery passion. She took the Argentine tango circuit by storm, showing off her 25 years of dance experience on ESPN, PBS tango exhibitions, and in several well-known Detroit news publications. So infatuated was she with her fueling her soul as well as her knowledge of Argentine tango, she traveled to Buenos Aires twice a year to study with the art form's masters. It's this commitment to excellence that has garnered Lori numerous top teacher awards and a loyal following at Argentine Tango Detroit.
The light–footed headmaster recruited a team of experienced instructors to teach graceful dance steps and passionate partner work. They designed their private or group tango classes to benefit dancers of all abilities, guiding students through stylized moves and complex spins during beginners and advanced lessons. They also train feet to flit through salsa dance's high-energy moves, and lead private dance lessons so that students may conquer their crippling fear of dance shoes in peace. Weekly milongas, or open practice parties, offer students a chance to practice their new moves in a judgment-free environment. Argentine Tango Detroit also hosts a variety of accomplished guest instructors, who broaden students' horizons with their own unique dancing styles and perspectives.
Physical fitness takes center stage during Zumba classes as instructors help get students in prime dancing condition. They harness the same Latin dance moves and cardio workouts during these heart-pumping dance-fitness classes.
An instructor of the Argentine tango, James Valentino moves gracefully, his feet instinctively hitting the floor in time with the music that fills the ballroom. As the owner and founder of City Style Tango, Valentino imparts his grace to dancers of all experience levels during private and group lessons, sharing the secrets of the tango as well as other dancing styles such as swing, salsa, and the fox trot. Beyond the classes for adults or children, James encourages his pupils to show off their skills during student showcases or venture together to local clubs to dance amid the real world's oil-slicked floors.