Teaching hips to swivel to new circumferences, dance instructors impart their masterful moves unto students in the respected tradition Arthur Murray has upheld since 1912. Students can bring a partner to their lessons or fly solo and dance with the instructor, who provides a greater understanding of the dance style of their choosing. Protégés may find their new moves applicable in a number of settings, such as when prepping for a wedding dance or blending into an airport crowd that breaks out in a cha-cha. Embodying the three-count time of a stately waltz brings partners in close; rumba moves and swing steps add vibrancy and playfulness to one’s repertoire. Arthur Murray Dance Studios provide a warm, aesthetically sound environment for engaging in private and group dance lessons where students learn to slice and dice a rug until it is no longer recognizable.
Dance Art CT's experienced instructors have competed and taught around the world in dance styles such as international standard, Latin, salsa, and Argentine tango. They offer group and private dance lessons for beginning and advanced dancers, as well as lessons for children.
At Connecticut Martial Arts, classically trained martial artist and fifth-degree tae kwon do black belt Master Steven Doyon leads a team of instructors who teach both the physical techniques and the philosophy of martial arts. Fitness-kickboxing classes teach participants to punch and kick as they shed weight. Muay thai kickboxing classes focus on the martial art's core techniques in intense lessons. Kids' martial-arts lessons teach youngsters to defend themselves against bullies as they acquire discipline and focus.
Annette Kokkola-McLean discovered Zumba’s energetic dance workout in 2008, and she recalls feeling right at home thanks to her background in Latin dance. Before long, she had become a licensed Zumba instructor and started leading classes wherever she could—at local gyms, ballrooms, basketball courts, and crowded train stations.
Now that she has more than five years of experience under her belt, Annette has secured a more permanent location for her classes at Vitti’s Dance Studio. While a stereo fills the spacious room with international dance tunes, Annette guides students of all ages and fitness levels through basic, yet challenging steps inspired by Latin dance styles. Her classes blend aerobic, strength, and interval training to burn calories and increase flexibility.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Towns Sports International's network of fitness loci, welcomes exercisers to a number of equipment-stocked facilities to help attain perspiration-soaked fitness goals at a convenient location. Strength-training gear such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls filled with black holes mold muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Calories simmer and move to cooler climates after sessions on cardio machines ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draw from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, to keep members from jazzercising without a spotter. Each location thanks exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features, such as babysitting, though Passport memberships do not include pool access.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary dancer 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. 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.
At Formfitting Fitness, certified personal trainer Kaysa and her all-female staff carve out space for women to exercise. More often than not, that space is in the air. The studio's fitness classes include pole dancing, aerial hoops, and suspension yoga, a form of yoga that is performed in a hammock. Complementing the group lessons, the staff schedules personal training, nutritional counseling, and themed parties that teach attendees how to lap dance, belly dance, or pole dance.