A boutique dance school with highly qualified professional instructors, state of the art facility and a warm, friendly, non-competitive atmoshphere. Currently in our 20th year of business with the same consistent ownership. Classes offereed for three-year-olds -adults, in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Tumbling & Juggling!
Internationally known burlesque star Lola van Ella captains VanElla Studios, home of burlesque-infused dance and cardio classes that are “pure fun,” according to St. Louis Magazine. Clients can build confidence and performance repertoires in a panoply of body-positive classes, such as Burlesque Basics 1, which covers moves such as the shimmy, the bump-and-grind, and boa-wielding, which teaches guests how to seductively fashion a lasso out of a boa constrictor to reach coconuts for survival. For a higher-octane workout, rug-cutters with some dance experience can enroll in the hip-hop sequence, whose fast-paced choreography matches a soundtrack of rap and R & B tracks. In each class, an average of 10 students follow in the footsteps of instructors with professional dance experience.
Brian Brooks Moving Company delights audiences with MOTOR, a three-act performance held in the 656-seat Edison Theatre. The show leads off with Motor, a 40-minute set where a lit tunnel of cerulean wire, which Washington University's writers describe as "suggesting both astrophysics and virtual reality," stretches toward the audience, accentuating the show's intensity and luring out hungry physicists. The piece plays with notions of collision and linear time as dancers twist and leap beneath the tunnel to an electronic score. After an intermission, the notes of LCD Soundsystem fill the air as Brian Brooks performs his nine-minute solo piece, I'm Going to Explode, in a corporate gray costume. The night concludes with the ethereal grace of Descent, which Dance Enthusiast describes as "a beautiful tribute to flight and the delights of falling and floating." The piece closes with the ensemble keeping gossamer sheets of fabric aloft by wafting an air current from small boards in their hands, then mimicking the fabric by leaping around and sewing themselves into evening gowns.
Union Avenue Opera provides professional opportunities to gifted, emerging artists and offers vibrant and affordable opera experiences that reflect the breadth and diversity of the St. Louis region. Union Avenue Opera is committed to its urban setting, educational outreach and artistic integrity.