Safira's Center for World Dance inspires a love of foreign cultures through world dance. Its intructors, including director Safira Zeki, teach Middle Eastern, bellydance, Gypsy, and flamenco dance for beginners and advanced students. Classes range from Tribal Fusion Fundamentals that includes basic steps from a variety of styles including Turkish and Jazz and Dancers with Experience, which incorporates props including finger cymbals, canes, swords, and veils.
The seasoned hoofers at Care to Dance?, a professional terpsichorean studio, dedicate themselves to instructing students in the arts of ballroom and latin dance. Fleet-footed tutors treat you and a friend or winsome floor lamp to one hour of intensive, one-on-one body-movement coaching. Instructors use their friendly flair to help individuals or couples exceed their dance goals in their chosen dance style. To celebrate the social benefits of dance and the medicinal benefits of group tango, this Groupon also entitles buyers to one month of group classes, in which pupils share spicy samba, tangy salsa, or creamy merengue with fellow body owners.
In order to get a group photo with every student from their weekly classes, the instructors at Danceintime have to use a panoramic lens. Numerous excited pairs and singles fill the dance floor at the Wichita Moose Lodge on Monday evenings, moving along to lively music that shifts between blues, country, oldies, rock ‘n’ roll, and swing. Partners are not required for the classes, and there are sessions geared toward beginners and more advanced students. The scene grows extra festive around holidays, such as Halloween (when students are encouraged to come in costume) and Christmas (when students must perform all moves inside of a chimney).
Although the instructors at Old Town Ballroom are happy to teach traditional waltzes and seductive tangos to couples, they also specialize in more unconventional styles. Belly-dance imparts the fine art of hip undulation and of strapping tap shoes to one’s stomach, and Korean hip-hop fuses American b-boying with martial-arts-inspired choreography. Group and private lessons are available, allowing guests to pick their desired level of attention from the instructor. The staff also rents out its airy 3,000-square-foot space for parties. Renovated in 2011, the performance space is anchored by light wood floors and flanked by a lounge area. Up to 200 people can celebrate with a night of dancing, billiards, or converting leotards into giant slingshots.
The experienced instructors at Midwest Dance Mechanix transform the double left-footed into free-flowing figures during dance classes for ages 3–adult. Smooth-stepping students can perfect their pirouetting during ballet lessons or they can learn to coordinate their movements to swinging rhythms in the jazz lessons. Hip-hop lessons teach bold steps set to more contemporary tunes and tap lessons give students space to get out aggression by pretending to crush the termites who devoured their dance floors at home. Midwest Dance Mechanix organizes lessons into three levels—beginner, intermediate, and advanced—within each age grouping so that dancers never feel out place. Buyers of today’s deal may enroll in one class per week, and they can upgrade to more classes for an additional fee. Tap on this link with your cursor-toes to view the complete fall schedule.