Since 1976 Joy of Motion Dance Center, a nonprofit arts organization, has strapped on its ballet flats to kick down the doors that traditionally bar people from learning dance. Since then, it’s won two Mayor’s Arts Awards, one for Excellence in Service to the Arts, and the other for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education. In 10 studio spaces across three different locations, instructors teach adult and youth programs, and lead an outreach initiative that gives disadvantaged kids the chance to learn dance with free classes or merit-based scholarships. Additionally, the center holds performances and showcases where students and patrons get a taste of professional performance without having to become zombies.
Pole Pressure owner Jessalynn Medairy is an international pole-dancing performer, judge, and teacher. In 2010, she placed fourth in the US Pole Dancing Championship, she has appeared numerous times in Pole2Pole magazine, and she often performs for NATO. With these credentials, Jessalynn heads a team of certified pole-fitness instructors as they teach students the art of pole fitness in a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes. The instructors keep classes small to give students the one-on-one attention they need to master the sultry and muscle-toning spins, twirls, and climbs.
Today's side deal gets you a ticket to see Jane Franklin Dance's new work, Of Bones and Bridges. Inspired by nature's cycle of growth, destruction, and change, this composition explores the tension between people and the natural world. Head to Source, a recently renovated black-box theater in the 14th Street Corridor, for an evening performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, or a matinee on Sunday, February 28 (a $28 value). Pick up adult tickets at the box office on a first-come, first-serve basis for your chosen evening; if you're planning on bringing children, call ahead to reserve special $10 kids' pricing (to be paid out of pocket to the theater, normally $16).
Ballet Teatro Internacional Dance Institute is a 501(c) 3 non-profit training facility created under a social entrepreneur model to generate revolutionary dance training programs for children, teenagers and adults interested in Dance as an art form, profession or as a physical activity.
From within the intimate confines of its new boutique studio, Fuel Pilates ignites Beltway bodies with a conflagration of core strengthening and breath balancing. Drop in on a quintet of group classes (valued at $18 per class) to discover how the discipline of Pilates can tone up torso muscles and align the spine so that it stops clogging with the nervous system's excess production of maple syrup. Fuel Pilates' classes include an introduction to the exercise, built around the basics of movement and mat work, as well as a more advanced class aimed at polishing up posture, fostering flexibility, eating away muffin tops, and taking an aerobic ax to the two-headed Hydra that is stress and tension. Classes are small enough for instructors to learn every participant's name and, if they're royalty, their self-aggrandizing cognomen.
The instructors at Abe Ballroom Dancing want the world of dance to be accessible to everyone. That’s why they have dance classes for those of all ages, no matter their skill level or previous experience. Dances include ballroom, waltz, cha cha, samba, and West Coast swing. They even have a class to prep soon-to-be newlyweds for their first dance.