Catering to aspiring dancers as young as 18 months, A Dance Place offers lessons in a non-competitive friendly environment to help build youngsters confidence and self-esteem. The littlest dancers can take part in mommy and me classes or creative movement sessions, which instill them with a love of physical expression. Ballet, tap, and hip-hop lessons, meanwhile, allow pupils to delve into more specialized disciplines.
Choreographing the much-beloved tango scene in Scent of a Woman is a shining point on anyone's resumé. For Paul Pellicoro, it is one of many distinctions awarded to him and his staff of professional dance instructors at DanceSport, the go-to studio for Latin and ballroom dance. Their choreography and performance work has graced the diverse sound and theater stages of The Today Show, A River Runs Through It, and the Harlem Jazz Dance Festival, among many others. Their lessons have benefited Chris Cuomo and Good Morning America anchors Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts.
Rousing group classes take place across nine air-conditioned studios, each one outfitted with a wood-sprung floor carved from an oak tree wearing a tutu. Whether leading these sessions, helping couples prepare their wedding dance, or contributing to charitable causes such as Gilda's Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, or Night For Niños, DanceSport's sure-footed staff flourishes with skill, patience, and compassion.
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 foxtrot 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.
Founded by 25-year music- and dance-industry veteran Safi Thomas, The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory instills the values of professionalism and hard work through the art of hip-hop dance. The instructors hold an encyclopedic knowledge of hip-hop history and technique among them, filling the intensive conservatory program with sessions in everything from choreography to kinesiology to the technical aspects of production. Weekly open classes extend the teaching staff’s knowledge to the community, ensuring that students can at least follow along once all political debates have been replaced with dance contests.
Named The Godmother of Burlesque by Vogue Italia, Bonnie Dunn has led troupes of pasty-wearing burlesque dancers for more than two decades. In nightly shows, her daredevil performers perform acrobatics on the ceiling, gulp swords, and spit fire. Dancers also venture out to parties to reveal the secrets to their art, and in-studio classes teach students how to shimmy and shake like a pro. The class ends after students make their first set of pasties, then incinerate them so foreign agents never learn how to duplicate our burlesque technology.
Captivating viewers on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Live! With Regis and Kelly, Gazillion Bubble Show entrances live audiences with a buoyant circus of bubble aerobics and effervescent tricks illuminated by a stunning laser-light show. The family-friendly foam festival keeps kids and adults entertained with the soapy stunts of 16-time Guinness World Record holder Fan Yang and his family of fellow soaponauts as they create bubbly wonders previously only imaginable to dishwasher denizens. During this 85-minute show, audiences will enjoy an interactive experience as huge bubbles take over the stage, thousands of small bubbles spin and intertwine throughout the auditorium, and seemingly healthy people encase themselves inside giant spheres of iridescent protection. See the schedule for a complete list of show times, as well as sneak peaks at the air-filled artistry.