The dance instructors at Academy of Dance Arts lead recreational and pre-professional classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop for students ages two and older. They also teach fitness classes for teens and adults including Zumba, Pilates, and yoga.
During each private 45-minute lesson, Dance Magic Studio's head fancy-footer, Nick Felix, and his nimble squad can teach mildly experienced and advanced movers traditional ballroom dancing, including samba, waltz and tango, and Latin and swing dancing—efficiently exorcising demons from proms past or failed devil dance-offs. Nick has choreographed dozens of television dance programs; taught his magical moves to stars such as Robert Duvall, Lee Majors, Frankie Avalon, Mickey Rooney, and Tess Harper; and recently had his journey featured in the documentary show Gallery on the OETA network. He'll happily plan lessons around your schedule, giving personal attention and custom tips to individuals or couples. Ten thousand square feet of floor space frees eager shufflers and shakers to liberate stiff legs and attempt complex maneuvers without accidentally stepping on any nearby feet or Bigfeet.
At Teaze Dance & Fitness, instructors draw from history to inform many of their classes?that's why you might see students channeling Bettie Page's famed burlesque twirls, or rehearsing disco moves on roller skates. Conveniently located in the Automobile Alley district of downtown Oklahoma City, photo shoots see subjects drape themselves in feather boas and unfurl fans on antiquated furniture, emulating vintage pinups without enduring an old-timey cameraman's requests to smile and say "transcontinental railroad." Even the studio's three performing troupes, including the Teaze Pole Team and Oklahoma Showgirls, traverse time with their varied routines. Just as they span the century with their titillating teachings, they welcome visitors of all ages and builds to participate, allaying anxiety with the fact that most of their students are beginners.
However, the staff embraces modern rhythms as well. They welcome guests to access their sultry side on 14 studio poles, where seven levels of pole-dance classes reveal techniques from basic spins to competition choreography. Their private parties, ideal for birthdays or bachelorettes, entertain groups with empowering lessons on pole-, chair-, and lap-dances, and fitness options cover Pilates and barre workouts.
The focus at OKC Swing Dance Club is on West Coast swing. The exceedingly social dance is made up of sweeping spins set to brassy, upbeat tunes. With roots in Los Angeles and some of the quirky aesthetic of rockabilly, it can be ideal for dancers of all ages and skill levels. Instructors also pass down techniques from other styles, such as salsa, country-western, and ballroom, and this can allow one to become the center of attention at a party without crying into a smashed piñata for hours. To help the staff, visiting dancers and teachers at the studio lead workshops on creative movement.
Students of all ages find themselves at home on Dance Makers's sprawling floating-hardwood floor, where certified instructors teach ballroom dances that range from swing and Latin styles to country and western. Twice a year, students can show off their dance chops in showcases held at the studio.
Kim Massay offers a plethora of classes to motion mavens of all ages, levels of skill, and areas of interest. The small sessions consist of 12–18 dancers, under the tutelage of the studio's expert instructors. Both casual and competitive classes are available, allowing students to kinetically express their joyful release or horseradish craving in the appropriate setting. Age-specific classes match students of similar skill levels in classical twirling callings including jazz, tap, and ballet. More modern movers can move to the beat of hip hop, contemporary, and Zumba drums, and ballroom courses challenge duos of hoofers to perform in a room full of colorful plastic orbs. Each course begins with a warm-up session, followed by floor exercises, a technical skill workshop, and choreography practice in the bright, polished studio, lined with photos of dancers in motion. Kim Massay's studio is open Monday through Thursday. Classes for all ages take place in the afternoon and evening, and students can take up to five per week. Because of the broad range of class offerings, students should call the studio for a full schedule.