Under the tutelage of Energy Dance Center's skilled instructors, groovers and twirlers ages 1–18 can actively engage in the art of dance. Tots and toddlers in the Rising Stars Summer Sessions I and II can work on coordination and basic motor skills during the Creative Movement class ($50) or try ballet and tap ($55). Young gents ages 4 and up can perfect moves at the Boys-Only Hip-Hop class ($55). Session I's Ballet, Jazz, and Tap classes for ages 5–7, 7–9, and 9–11 (all $68) use positive reinforcement to build graceful boogying skills, while Session II's Recreational Hip-Hop classes for 5- to 8-year-olds ($55), 9- to 12-year-olds ($55), and kids 13 and up ($55) inspire students to break out into spontaneous pop-and-lock routines during family road trips.
Bruce and Rebecca Abas have danced around the world, studying tango in Argentina, perfecting salsa moves in Cuba, and mastering swing steps throughout the United States. They bring their lifetime of training, teaching, and professional choreography experience to Four Seasons Dance Studio, where they work alongside a staff of seasoned and passionate dance instructors. Atop the hardwood floors of their spacious studio, the expert dancers lead group classes and private lessons in ballroom, Latin, tango, and swing styles. On the first weekend of the month, they host a dance party, where guests can showoff their newfound moves in front of fellow students.
In addition to group and private lessons, they specialize in wedding dance instruction, guiding couples through a choreographed swing dance set to their best-loved pop song or a formal waltz set to their favorite Grey Poupon jingle. The instructors also lead a variety of fitness-focused sessions, including Pilates and dance workouts inspired by Bollywood numbers.
At E.R.V. Dance Studio, students can summon their inner Fred Astaire in motivational group dance classes. Experienced instructors offer tips and demonstrate moves to help students execute classic ballroom styles that include the waltz and tango, along with sultry Latin dances such as the cha cha, salsa, and merengue. Private lessons, meanwhile, provide more personalized one-on-one instruction for individuals or couples. The spacious studio also makes a great venue for private dance parties or kids' birthday parties, which feature a DJ and dance instruction from a competitive hokey pokier.
Academy of Russian Ballet founders Svetlana Gavrilova and Kirill Bak supply beginning dancers with techniques gathered through years of professional dancing as well as study at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Russia. The one-hour pre-ballet classes divvy up time slots according to age group, with 3- to 5-year-olds embarking on their slippered studies in Pre-Ballet I at 4:30 p.m. and 6- to 8-year-olds learning the ropes of Pre-Ballet II at 5:30 p.m.
The sage-like instructors at Social Dance Studio transform two-step tyros into graceful swans with a jellybean jar of dance classes, ranging from Argentine tango and salsa to hip-hop. Strut your stuff in a beginners' bachata class, a hip-popping Dominican dance characterized by a four-step beat, allowing students to master the basic footwork and traveling turns without resorting to excessively detailed blueprints. Hip-hop-salsa fusion pours hot sauce on bland dance routines with body rolls, chest pops, and novel choreography. Become a ball-belle via Social Dance Studio’s American-style ballroom-dance classes, which come chock full of waltz, foxtrot, and country two-step moves guaranteed to melt the icy hearts of headmistresses the world over.
American Classic Ballroom keeps the Twin Cities stepping by teaching others the artistry, technique, and expression of dance. Fueled by their own passion for the craft, ACB's energetic instructors offer private lessons, and even help clients create customized dance routines for weddings and other special events. Besides one-on-one sessions, the ACB instructors also head a variety of group classes and workshops throughout the week. That includes instruction in such styles as ballroom, salsa, and even "Social Dances", which includes the dances often performed at weddings, in nightclubs, and after positive parent-teacher conferences.