The experienced instructors at Ruth's Robics and Dance Co. guide groups of fitness-seekers through body-strengthening, Pilates, and step aerobic, and strength-training classes while stressing improved balance and muscle control. Body-strengthening sessions pit complacent fibers against an emotionless trio of weights, resistance bands, and balls, which sculpt toned torsos and prompting shy curves to emerge from epidermal covers. Flat surfaces form the foundation for most buildings and for step aerobics classes, which begin with an upbeat cardio routine before transitioning into floor exercises that target major muscle groups. Link your brain to your body through breathing exercises during Pilates classes, which focus on core conditioning to fortify postures, strengthen abs, and help trainees achieve a leaner, healthier look.
Students of all skill levels learn to shimmy with grace during Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy's comprehensive bellydance classes. Beneath the pressed-tin ceilings of a renovated theater-turned-studio, experienced instructors lead dancers in beautiful movements that can also help tighten and tone the body. Besides combinations, choreography, and head-to-toe technique, many sessions include flexibility and strength training. Others enhance the aesthetic experience with props such as the single and double veil, zills, canes, and fan veils. Students also receive training in musicality, interpretation, improvisation, and performance skills, helping prepare them for biannual showcase performances where they can show off their new moves.
Students at the Absolute Ballroom & Dance Center can obtain head-turning dance skills that will make them the center of attention at social events while impressing more than their coat-rack dance partners. Offering top-notch dance instruction and an encouraging environment, Absolute Ballroom staffs a group of talented DVIDA-trained instructors who are knowledgeable in a bevy of dance styles and rain-luring routines. Group classes last 50 minutes and include an additional 10 minutes of practice time while honing eye-catching fluidity in newcomer classes (Wednesday nights in June) or beginning salsa classes (Thursday nights in June). Newcomer classes have been created specifically for newbies and are split into ballroom and Latin dance styles, allowing participants to flash hybrid moves like genetically engineered break-dancing replicants.
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.
Movement Matters guides students through a muscle-toning medley of fitness classes including pole-dancing workouts held in a gym bedecked in kaleidoscopic hues and DJ-quality sound and lighting equipment. Alluring and enjoyable, pole dancing cultivates strength and litheness with exercise that tests the mettle of every muscle in the body. Those looking to foster flexibility and basic pole precision climb up during the Pole Fit session, which imparts the foundational grips of bar work and readies pupils for more difficult maneuvers on the pole, such as parallel parking. After students complete one instructed drop-in session, they can sharpen their skills during Open Pole, a free-for-all forum ideal for practicing lessons from previous classes and perfecting impressions of billowing flags.
At Pittsburgh Heat Hip Hop, veteran choreographer Brenna Jaworski and her staff of friendly, experienced instructors guide dancers of all levels through hip-hop and break-dancing classes. In each one-hour class, seasoned steppers expound move-by-move instruction at a comfortable pace, allowing students and maladroit shadows alike to keep up. Age-specific sessions cater to various levels of experience, including break-dancing for kids ages 5–12, beginners hip-hop for ages 9–adult, and open hip-hop sessions for all ages.