Describing a dance in words is like texting someone instructions for tying a tie—it's way easier just to demonstrate it. Perhaps that's why DanceSport VA's website is peppered not with written descriptions, but with a series of videos that introduce the steps of most of the 35 styles of dance that the studio teaches, from the tango to the foxtrot to the jitterbug. The videos provide a small taste of what students can expect if they sign up for one-on-one or group lessons or attend the dance parties that take place every Friday night. They're also a glimpse of the studio's space, which consists of one 3,000-square-foot room and one 1,200-square-foot room, each outfitted with maple-wood floating floors that are cushioned underneath to prevent knee and joint injuries. The studio also sells men's and women's dance shoes and new and pre-owned ball gowns so that dancers don't have to stare forlornly out the window until enchanted birds sew them appropriate attire.
Shall We Dance's sure-footed instructors utilize their experience as dance educators and competitors to unveil the secrets behind dance styles such as ballroom, Latin, swing, and salsa. Each 45-minute private dance lesson caters to participants with obligation-plagued schedules, offering appointments seven days a week. Instructors tailor individual sessions to meet each customer's skill level and only teach the style of dance that each student expresses interest in, gifting students with the winged feet of Hermes. Students can prepare for upcoming events and competitions, or improve their techniques before imminent dance-offs with rival neighborhood gangs.
Owner Jessica Jones-Healey founded Tidewater Studios for the Arts Inc. in 2009 as a noncompetitive forum for kids to practice performing and visual arts. Winner of a 2011 Virginian-Pilot Reader's Choice Award for Best Dance Studio and Best Performing Arts Academy in Portsmouth, Western Branch, Churchland, and North Suffolk, the facility inspires children with engaging explorations into the joys of hand-made art, hand-played music, and hands-free dance.
Located near Christopher Newport University in the heart of Newport News, Northampton Dance Studios / The Dance Center offers quality dance instruction for children, teens and adults as well as musical theater and baton classes for kids and teens. The studio is the official school of the Tidewater Dance Theater, Inc.
Havana Nights Dining and Jazz's moody allure earned the restaurant the title of "Best Restaurant Reviewed in 2012" by The Virginian-Pilot. With its trio of unique venues, the restaurant invites guests to three very different experiences under the same roof. The Caribbean Room features Caribbean-American fusion dishes from Chef Kent Johnson's kitchen amid a "beautifully moody and dark dining space," as described by HamptonRoads.com. Surrounded by murals of palm trees, diners browse wine and spirits menus on iPads and dig into interpretations of arroz con pollo and gulf bouillabaisse.
In an adjoining space, the Bang and Olufsen Jazz Club vibrates with improvised scales during live performances every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening. Upstairs, in a private lounge, cigar enthusiasts can kick back in large leather chairs while enjoying stogies and writing secret messages to each other in the clouds of aromatic smoke.