Toes tap, soles crisscross, and ankles point and flex as pairs of dancers whirl across Arthur Murray Dance Studio’s smooth floors, where Sacramento-area hoofers have practiced steps since 1947. A specialized curriculum imparts basics such as foot position and rhythm, as well as how to lead, follow, or trot across the ceiling during beginning classes, and eventually ushers students into bronze, silver, and competition-level gold classes. Graceful instructors certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association lead classes and events such as private lessons, group formation practices, core rhythms reviews, and weekly practice parties.
The instructors at Joyfulution guide bodies through a full schedule of diverse courses aimed at fortifying mental, physical, and spiritual health. Rhythmic and energetic Prana Flow sessions unfurl in a room heated to 78 degrees, helping students to find focus through sequenced poses, chanting, and 15 minutes of silent meditation. Sensory-based, empowering Nia classes are set to soul-stirring tunes and draw from martial-arts, dance-arts, and healing-arts disciplines, and Belly Bliss Belly Dance introduces pupils to the ancient practice of french-braiding via skillful torso twists. With 12-foot-high ceilings and 2,500 square feet of toe-massaging floor, Joyfulution accommodates everyone, even students on pogo sticks or under top hats.
Founded with the goal of bolstering childhood development via confidence- and fitness-boosting programs, Tricks Gymnastics, Dance, and Swim's team of instructors keeps kids of all ages active and engaged via a host of high-energy classes. The highly skilled and friendly crew works hard to foster a nurturing environment within each class, keeping a close eye on the kids while teaching them new skills via positive reinforcement and recognition of effort. All three locations offer dance classes that introduce preschool Baryshnikovs to the world of movement and grant school-aged pupils a chance to explore various styles ranging from ballet to jazz to ballroom hokey pokey.
Meanwhile, experienced coaches man gymnastics programs designed to combat inactivity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Young ones aged 0–5 burn excess energy and hone flexibility during Tumblebunny classes, and big kids build strength and character thanks to both noncompetitive and competitive programs. A variety of special events include date nights that enable parents to sneak off for an evening of fun while their progeny plays at the gym. The Folsom location further fortifies its kinetic curriculum with swim programs focused on teaching pupils the essentials of water safety and basic swimming techniques. Paddlers grouped into classes by age hop into the crystalline pool, splashing about in waters kept at a balmy 89 degrees to ward off loitering snowflakes.
Sacramento Pole Dance Studio transports ladies out of their gym routine and into a sultry, comfortable environment painted in opposing tones of pink and black. The sassy curriculum aims to transform ladies of all ages into shapely, self-confident performers. Inhibitions melt away and ponytails fall out of scrunchies as women get in touch with their seductive side while twirling around dance poles or strutting around chairs, or unleash their inner Hulk as they rip the pole from its foundations with newfound upper-body strength. Instructor-led choreography sneaks into sessions to strengthen muscle groups, improve flexibility, and imbue spines with a confident posture
The welcoming instructors at Sacramento Pole Fitness guide students of all experience levels through fun, sweat-inducing sessions of vertical acrobatics. In private, fitness-based classes, the teachers meet students in one-on-one sessions to help refine techniques, teach basic and intermediate moves, or perfect fireman escapes. With five-class passes, dancers have the freedom to try several different sessions. The Pole Orientation class begins with critical safety information before moving on to hands-on trials. Test out a variety of spins, climbs, twirls, and floor work in the Pole Passion class, which preps students to perform tougher cardio workouts and navigate a ropes course made of feather boas in the more advanced Pole Fitness class. Students never have to share poles, which vary in length up to 12 feet and by manufacturer, allowing dancers to test different poles.
The Mirror Ballroom, formerly Ultimate DanceSport, offers group classes in a variety of styles that range from salsa and hip-hop to historical dance. After treading the boards of its spacious dance floors, no other danceable surface will feel intimidating. Try rock stepping without having to barefoot it through a rock garden during Lindy Hop, or give either ocean-facing swing style—West-Coast Swing or East-Coast Swing—a go. New dancing chips can dip into beginner salsa or get to know a move or two in beginner social dance. The cast of instructors is comprised of enthusiastic teachers with impressive moves interested in assisting dancers of all levels. Come alone and scope out a dance or dinner partner, or bring a partner in crime by buying an additional Groupon as a gift to practice waltzing casually away from the scenes of your crimes.