At iCandy Pole Dance Studio, 11 poles await 11 students. The small class sizes ensure that each gal receives individual attention from the seasoned pole-dancing instructors. During group classes and private parties, they teach ladies of all shapes and abilities pole-dancing techniques while helping them forge stronger cores, improve their coordination and flexibility, and boost their self-confidence. In beginner classes, gals get acquainted with pole-dancing basics, which include gracefully pulling yourself up onto the pole. More-advanced tricks include performing inversions, or the Chinese pole technique, and gripping the pole with only the left pinky toe. In addition to leading pole-dancing classes, the instructors motivate women to whip into shape in fitness- and fun-focused hula-hooping and burlesque classes, and to channel their inner divas in chair-dancing sessions.
Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness helps people realize the full benefits of dance, including personal enjoyment, fitness, and cultural expression. Fiesta’s team of skilled instructors lead dance classes that draw on a number of different cultures and styles, such as ballet, flamenco, and Bollywood. High-energy fitness classes, meanwhile, include Pilates and Zumba. Because of the breadth of offerings, you can focus on overall health with cardio or strength training, clarify your mind with musical instrument and yoga classes, or cool down with intermediate freeze-tag sessions.
Ellington Hall instructors David and Cirkl lead would-be jitterbuggers through the simple steps necessary for an evening of on-tempo fun. The rug-cuttery begins with a class aimed at beginners and more advanced dancers alike, who can arrive partnered or fly solo to join the crowd of two-steppers. Students arrive dressed in whatever makes them feel comfortable; after the one-hour seminar in fancy footwork, the evening's dance begins. Swing students spin, jump, and twirl on the expansive hardwood dance floor, pausing for breaths and Great Gatsby impersonations on the garden terrace. An all-brick fireplace dominates the dance space, adding a note of elegance and an easy place to store extra left feet.
The teachers at Just Dance Swing Ballroom foster a supportive environment for students as they illuminate how to cut a textbook rug in styles such as the jitterbug and the charleston. The sprung floor wards off joint pain as singles and couples spin about the ballroom, learning from Annie Darrimon and two-decade dance veteran Denny Freeman.
Following the professional guidelines of the Pilates Method Alliance, Tone's staff of certified instructors puts movement-induced flush into the cheeks of men and women by guiding them through the breathing, balance, and centering of the Pilates system. The 55-minute private introduction lets participants get a feel for the studio's equipment and understand how their mechanisms work the body's muscles and improve the mind's ability to endure friends' vacation photos. The instructors will also explain the basic terms so students are able to follow their cues in future classes. Finally, torsos are tested with fundamental Pilates techniques that increase core strength, balance, and flexibility—giving adherents an overwhelming advantage in thumb-war battles.
Along with her husband, Antonio, Irene Silva strives to inspire a passion for salsa music and dancing in students of all ages and skill levels. Designated Sultry Salsa Nights commence with pre-dancing cocktails before Irene and fellow instructor, Jesús, acquaint beginners with basic footwork while letting more advanced dancers in on the secret to great salsa: filling dance shoes with tomatoes. Irene also coaches other styles of Latin dance, including mambo, salchata, and the Dominican Republic–based bachata. Following some of the formal lessons, a DJ declares free reign over the dance floor with a swift flick of a record-scratching wrist, inviting students to let go of their inhibitions and practice their newly forged moves.