The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Head instructor and Rising Star Theatre Arts Award recipient Dan Begin helps dancers of all ages and skill levels learn how to twirl, dip, and spin. Lessons for individuals and couples cover the basics of a variety of dance styles including tango, cha-cha, and salsa. In addition, Dance Unlimited offers wedding programs to help couples create memorable first dances that do not involve doing the worm in a wedding dress.
Dancing raises your heart rate, gets you in contact with other people, and imbues your body with grace. Because of these physical and social benefits, David Miner Ballroom recommends dance classes for everyone. Its swing, salsa, rumba, and Brazilian dance classes combine energetic rhythms with basic instruction to ensure every student knows their way around the dance floor. For special choreography, a wedding dance, or a lesson in leading lemmings away from nearby cliffs, private classes give students one-on-one time with an experienced instructor.
Mobile Ballet marches onward toward its goal of enriching the Gulf Coast with spirited ballet performances in its one-time-only production, Carnival of the Dance, which marks the end of the spring season. Accomplished hoofer and artistic director Winthrop Corey, who notably fluttered his feet as the principal dancer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada, oversees Mobile Ballet’s graceful troupe as it performs its best impersonations of alluring swans, descending helicopter seeds, and torn-up parking tickets caught in the wind. Vivid, electroluminescent lighting dictates the shifting tones of the performance as audience members throughout the 1,940-seat theater marvel at the enchanting pirouettes and calculated tiptoeing that narrate the fairy tales The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare, along with excerpts of George Balanchine’s Serenade.
Instructor Russell Mace leads students of all experience levels through basic ballroom, Latin, and swing-dance steps during relaxed group classes. Styles of twinkle-toeing vary from week to week, so pairs of students may practice the swift steps of the cha-cha, trace the sweeping circles of the waltz, or learn how to avoid getting rose thorns stuck in their teeth while performing a sultry tango. In any of the offered styles, the roughly one-hour class works to ensure that all attendees advance past the level of hokey-pokey befuddlement. See Downtown Dance's Facebook page for upcoming session information.
The instructors at Detour Fitness Studios seek to shake up tired workout routines with fun and challenging classes that range from introductory pole-dancing sessions to learning ballet skills on a vertical barre. Their signature Triple Interval Training program comprises four challenging classes, including a 45-minute full-body circuit and a 50-minute combination of spinning, boxing, and crunches, all of which aim to strengthen cores. In addition to group classes and burlesque workshops, they also oversee three levels of pole parties that can commemorate birthdays and bachelorette events.