Avoid the hustle and bustle and lack of individual attention at Infinity Aerial, a small fitness studio where creative workouts meet small class sizes and one-on-one attention from instructors, where Val Schrader and her staff teach attendees to fly at their own pace. With the help of hanging silks, students flow through aerial fitness classes that teach yoga or conditioning in the air, or participate in cardio kickboxing and fitness barre classes. Or pupils can learn the art of pole dance—as well as other fitness classes for men and women, such as Aerial Yoga, which uses a hammock to stretch the body, increasing flexibility, strength, endurance, and alignment.
Carlos Rubio of Salsamante says they aim to give their students the “confidence and skills to dance the salsa anywhere, anytime, and with anyone.” And that’s what they instill when they teach the seductive and graceful moves of salsa—confidence. They do that during private and group lessons for couples and individuals. Classes are designed for complete novices as well as veterans looking to shake the rust from their dancing feet.
As competitive ballroom dancers and coaches of the ballroom dance team at Ohio State University, Alex Thomas and Josh Tilford believe any person can reach their dance goals in the right program. Together, they own and run Dance Tonight, whose network includes group and private instruction of myriad dance styles such as waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, and swing. Lessons can help even the slowest at foot become confident in their step as they absorb basic dance knowledge, prepare for special events, or escalate to amateur ballroom competitor status. The adult instruction is also supplemented by an extensive children's program, directed by professional instructor Danielle Moor.
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, then other classmates as the 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 Ballroom and social to salsa, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
With more than 30 years of combined experience and numerous competition wins, Rachel and Adam Maynard of Inspiration to Movement lead students in dance and Pilates classes. A sprung floor acts as the stage for classes such as Vaganova ballet—a Russian method developed esteemed dancer Agrippina Vaganova and beta-tested by thousands of music-box ballerinas. The Pilates studio peers over Franklin Park, providing a scenic location for cultivating strength, flexibility, and balance. The dancing partners also offer music-editing services for dance performances, and perform themselves for special functions.
Founder Juan Carlos Polanco came up with JC Entertainment as a way to encourage the community to participate in engaging and unique Hispanic cultural events. Polanco and his staff bring people of all ethnicities together with an array of latin-dance classes, musical performances, and private parties. At regularly scheduled events around town, skilled dance instructors teach guests to tap their feet to salsa, cha-cha, and merengue rhythms while DJs spin latin tunes ranging from salsa hits to Ovid's lost reggaeton poems.