Since its 1937 inception, the Dayton Ballet has flowered into one of the country’s most esteemed dance companies, creating new productions and performing classic numbers with professional zeal. Take a seat in the high-tech Mead Theatre and sugarcoat your eyes with sweet scenes of mice, fairies, cannons, and anthropomorphized peanut crushers from The Nutcracker. The popular holiday pirouette fest will star more than 100 local kids and a skillful cast of spinning storytellers to communicate the charming Christmastime chronicle.
It was a sad night for a group of Dayton dance devotees in 2002 when their favorite bar discontinued swing dance nights. Unwilling to give up their beloved dance, the friends spearheaded SwingOutDayton, where they continue to lead swing dance classes to this day. The skilled volunteer instructors guide students through the steps of a variety of styles, including the lindy hop, charleston, and balboa. After lessons, they invite dancers to practice their newly acquired moves and mingle with fellow students during swing dance socials.
Driven by a mission to provide women from all walks of life a fun and challenging alternative to conventional fitness routines, instructors at Pole Vixens Xtreme lead seven pole fitness classes within a studio outfitted with professionally installed poles. They also host pole-centric parties for gals looking for a unique way to spend a night out on the town, as well as workshops and private lessons.
The DVIDA-certified instructors at Always Ballroom Dance Studio believe that dance can benefit anyone, and uphold a policy of total acceptance across experience levels. On the glossy scape of blond hardwood floors, they monitor shimmies in both private and group lessons, prepping couples for their wedding-dance debut or showcasing a stock of nightclub moves. Pupils needn't reserve a spot or have a partner to attend most group sessions—the studio provides everything down to airsickness bags for soaring spins, and accommodates diverse tastes with more than 20 dance styles on its syllabus. Special events such as lock-ins and Salsa Saturdays top off the swinging schedule.
At Golden City Ballroom, students learn dances from the waltz to the rumba in a well-appointed studio. On its 2,400 square feet of suspended hardwood floors, students practice fancy footwork, double-checking their technique in wall-to-wall mirrors. They can also hit the same dance floor for LaBlast dance fitness classes, which incorporate the calorie-burning moves seen on Dancing with the Stars.
The friendly instructors at Kira's Oasis offer belly-dancing classes well suited to prospective students of all experience and fitness levels. Beginners curious to learn the belly basics and familiar gyrators looking to fine-tune their technique will all find something to benefit them within Kira’s calming confines. Monday night classes (6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.) are specifically crafted for those new to the ancient Middle Eastern dance form, providing a basic rundown of the techniques, as well as warm-ups and drills to aid muscle memory. Tuesday (7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m.) classes up the ab-sculpting ante with more-challenging movements, combinations, and choreography. Sunday evenings (6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.) are set aside for dancers wishing to explore the American Tribal Style (ATS) of belly dance, which combines traditional elements with contemporary and folkloric dance forms. Rather than stressing sultry solo moves, tribal fusion centers on group improvisation, fostering communication and a feeling of sisterhood rivaled only by public viewings of The Alchemic Secrets of the Ja-Ja Sisterhood of the Hermetic Pantaloons.