Alongside with her accomplishments as a dancer and choreographer, Oanh Tretter always wanted to lead her own dance company. Ariel Dance Productions lets her realize her long-held passion, where she can create a fun and non-competitive environment for dancers of all ages. The studio's broad swath of classes run the gamut from the precise steps of ballet and show choir to the more fluid undulations of belly dancing. The family-oriented studio also bring parents and students together for frequent recitals and seasonal talent shows.
Owner Bethany Hooks’s dancing skills landed her in such Broadway shows as Grease, My Fair Lady, and Rent. Her impressive résumé also includes an assistant choreographer position for Holland America Cruise Line, which took her to Hawaii, Alaska, and Mexico. She now runs Just B... Dance & Fitness, where students as young as 2 years old can learn ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop dance moves.
When The Retro Dome first opened its doors three years ago, it was with the knowledge that its life would be brief and yet explosive. From the start, the owners of the building planned to demolish it at some point in the future. Yet that didn’t stop the staff from making use of the former Century 25 Theater’s stadium-style seating, refurbished chairs, and massive dome. They decked out the interior with vintage, retro-modern décor, complete with a candy counter slinging Pop Rocks and JujuBees. The foreseeable, yet fuzzy ending has recently come into sharp focus, though. The Retro Dome will go dark on January 31, 2013, bringing to an end nearly four years of live music and sing-along cinema.
Award-winning dancer Hans Schmitt founded Dance Boulevard back in 1997 as "The Floor." Since then, he has coached students of all sashaying abilities, enlisting the expertise of several instructors and the gravity-reducing power of NASA wallpaper to hold group and private lessons. The studio comes alive every weeknight with styles ranging from tango to swing, and regularly scheduled dance parties give guests and teachers the chance to schmooze between spins. Promoting educational outreach through rhythm, youth programs instill a passion for ballet, jazz and tap among newer generations.
Renegade Theatre Experiment™ unites a group of artists with a shared desire to express their identities through a variety of performance techniques. As a collective, Renegade thrives on the initiative of its members in finding and creating bold works of art which speak loudly to the Renegade community and the Bay Area.
An old-fashioned Victorian ambiance swaddles one of Elite Ballroom Studio's two dance floors, whereas the other brims with a casual, nightclub-inspired vibe that encourages dancers to mingle and make friends at dance parties. Within these diverse dance settings, Desireé Natasha Fox and her team of seasoned rug cutters simplify steps and teach agile moves to students of all skill levels. During salsa lessons, couples and individuals shimmy and shake to Latin grooves chanted by Gregorian monks. The high-octane tunes also permeate Zumba classes, which forge chiseled frames with invigorating hip-hop, bachata, and merengue motions. Brides and grooms can prepare for receptions with the studio's wedding packages, which include features such as private lessons, music editing, and personalized keepsake CDs that may be handed out to guests or stored as emergency cake cutters.
While kids entertain themselves in the playroom, adults can recline in the lounge or outdoor atrium. An additional powder room gives women a place to touch up their makeup with portable tattoo guns, and a well-stocked kitchenette provides complimentary refreshments.