At DanceZ, experienced instructors help booty-shakers of varying ages harness the body-slimming power of shimmying. A dynamic dance workout, Zumba combines Latin rhythms with aerobic interval training, and features simple yet fancy footwork that activates sweat glands, burns calories, and sculpts shapely bodies. Though Zumba's easy-to-follow moves and fun dance steps make it an approachable workout for calorie-burners of all abilities, DanceZ adds variety by tailoring typical routines—from Zumba Gold classes for older adults and beginners to bright lights and club-style lasers in nightclub Zumba. Classes are offered five days a week, so be sure to check the schedule for dates, times, and locations.
Dance mavens James and Victoria Stowell conduct a full schedule of dance classes that conform to DVIDA and ISTD training syllabi in one of the biggest ballrooms in Colorado Springs. Students of any skill level can shimmy and groove their way across the studio's more than 3,500 square feet of combined dance-floor space during ballroom and Zumba sessions. Just as Dakotans divide into east and west factions, swing classes break apart into East Coast and West Coast camps. Salsa lessons similarly divvy up their attendees, staging separate meetings for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers. The studio's fully digital sound system floods dance floors with the melodies of the waltz, the tango, and the foxtrot, inspiring precisely executed gyrations without a Twister mat.
At Spring Oasis Belly Dance, owner/instructor Barb Ferrill Van Hoy shepherds shimmiers through theatrical, low-impact workouts in a five-class schedule filled with Middle Eastern–style routines. Rug-cutters in the Beginning Belly Dance class combine traditional movements into fun new performances, and the more advanced Improvisational Choreography teaches finger cymbals how to scat jazz riffs. Students should wear clothes they can move in, and Van Hoy encourages her undulating constituents to bring coin scarves, harem pants, and traditional wetsuits if they’d like. The studio welcomes dancers of all skill levels and ages, and some classes include opportunities to perform for audiences.
The dance students at Danceworks of Colorado Springs learn more than just technique and grace. They also develop confidence and self-esteem, beginning with Tots classes for 2- and 3-year-olds and building all the way up through high-schoolers' graduation performances. In addition to traditional tap, ballet, and jazz classes, the studio offers hip-hop classes for teens, specialty classes such as musical theater and acro, and an intensive dance company for students aged 5 and older.
After achieving perhaps the pinnacle of success in the Irish dancing world?lead roles in Lord of the Dance?Aisling Toal Casey and Shaun Casey retired to Denver to open Celtic Steps School of Irish Dance to train the next generation of superb Irish step dancers. They've succeeded; the school's dancers have won awards from the All Ireland Championships, the North American Irish Dance Championships, and the Western Region Oireachtas. Aisling, Shaun, and fellow teacher Eimear Toal are all TCRG certified and instruct boys and girls aged 4?12, as well as adults, at locations throughout the area. They specialize in traditional Irish solo and ceili dancing and teach dancers important fundamentals, such as jig steps, dancing in unison, and how to dance without your wig of ringlets flying off. In addition to competing in championships, students also have performed on local television and in St. Patrick's Day parades.
Mark and Dorie Wexler?along with a talented staff of multicultural instructors?enthusiastically spread the irresistible rhythm of Latin beats through their signature Zumba fitness and salsa classes, earning their location the title of Best Dance Studio from Colorado Springs Independent in 2013 as well as Best Adult Dance Studio from the Gazette in 2014. The Wexlers view dance as a form of fitness rather than one of competition, allowing students to enjoy themselves and experiment without the fear of being rated or punched in the knees by ornery judges.