Oluremi Sano had one of her earliest dance experiences at Bryan Adams High School, performing as a Bryan Adams Belle. Since then, she has undergone extensive training and earned a graduate degree in higher education administration. Combining her skill sets, she founded Fihankra Dance & Fitness Studio to create a community that valued both dance and fitness. The studio’s motto is “per ankh seneb,” or health, wealth, and prosperity. They teach more than 14 styles of dance class in an aim to get people moving and help them achieve their fitness goals. Zumba, Bollywood, African dance, and yoga classes run seven days a week.
Where there is human life, there is dance. At United Dance Academy, the instructors take an anthropological approach to their adult and children's dance classes by teaching styles from all over the globe. The instructors lead international styles such as the Brazilian samba and African dance, imparting their worldly skills to adults of all ability levels. In addition to perfecting their technique, students can enhance their endurance and ability to bench press a salsa partner in fitness-driven classes such as barre and Latin-based Zumba classes.
Kids age 3 and older can begin their dance voyages with classical styles such as ballet and jazz, or more contemporary styles such as hip-hop. The staff also lends their talents to parties and private events with Bollywood or belly-dance performances, and conduct personal Zumba and Brazilian samba lessons.
Power House of Dance's experienced instructors teach feet of any age how to tap, twirl, and tip-toe through a multitude of classes. Boasting two studios lined with mirrors that reveal the fairest dancer of all, the crew of artistic movers guides grownups through their choice of five classes selected from a flexible schedule, with styles including hip hop, ballroom, and yoga. A modern contemporary class introduces dancers 10 and older to routines packed with expressive flourishes while a ballet course challenges physiques to perfect grand jetes and pirouettes until they are as graceful as a swan on ice skates.
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. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with instructors during private lessons and other classmates for group lessons as instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. 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.
Instructor Michael Angelo Mendez has some advice for beginners: “Have patience, focus, and dedication. You are learning how to speak a new language. The language of dance.”
After years of training, this is a language in which Michael is now fluent. He began dancing as a child in Chicago, and eventually studied ballet, modern, and African dance at Columbia College. At Dance Academy of Salsa in Dallas, he leads private and group lessons to help share his dance expertise with interested students. He specializes in a variety of styles, including salsa, bachata, and cha-cha.