Teaching hips to swivel to new circumferences, trained dance instructors impart their masterful moves unto students in the respected tradition Arthur Murray has upheld since 1912. On the Albuquerque studio's more than 3,100-square-foot floor—a dance destination since 1952—students can tackle ballroom, social, or Latin dance, bringing a partner to their private lessons or flying solo and dancing with the instructor. Protégés may find their new moves applicable in a number of settings, such as when prepping for a wedding dance or when blending into an airport crowd that breaks out in a cha-cha. Regularly scheduled dance parties let students practice what they learned in lessons, slicing and dicing rugs with new fleet-footed friends.
This airy downtown studio currently offers hour-long classes five days a week, though the schedule will soon be expanded to accommodate a senior class and mom-with-baby variant. Blending acrobatic aerial work with yoga poses and bends, this discipline is not so much anti-gravity as it is a thoroughly polite dustup with gravity. Freed from the ceaseless pull of the mundane world by a swinglike ribbon of tough, soft fabric, your spine will stretch and unlatch, allowing you to stretch farther and deeper while holding poses longer than possible with traditional yoga. Ideal for beginners unable to touch their toes, anti-gravity yoga also retains enough depth to challenge even the most impretzeled yogi.
With a focus on producing inspiring dance productions and giving back to the community, Keshet Dance Company staffs graceful masters who can help new body rockers take their skills beyond hokey-pokeys and electric slides. Multiple weekly classes are available, including hip hop, ballet, jazz, and gentle modern. View the class schedule here.
The encouraging instructors at Dimensions sow the seeds of graceful pirouettes and melodious orchestration through classes that cultivate nimble dancers and tuneful musicians. Dancing queens and kings can select from a variety of course styles, including Technique with Paula Morgan, which teaches general dance principles such as how to avoid stepping on toes or kicking down chandeliers ($6 for a drop-in class, ages 7 to adult). Three progressive levels of hip-hop classes build cardiovascular strength and undeniable rhythm ($58 monthly, ages 7 to adult), while pom classes coach aspiring cheerleaders with routines that improve sharp leg movement, arm placement, and visual effects ($58 monthly, ages 7 to adult).
Internationally acclaimed dancer Amaya isn't regretful of her romantic impulse to run away and join the circus, a decision that sparked her notable and diverse career. The passionate performer was awarded Dancer of the Year by the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance in 1998, and her documentary _Gypsy Fire_—which explores Spanish gypsy dancing—earned Amaya a Giza Award. Now, she channels more than 30 years of teaching experience and knowledge of several international dances, including Mexican folk, African, and a rare form of hot potato, into her dance classes. During these sessions, she overhauls boring cardio routines with basic belly-dancing techniques and Danza Mora moves—a marriage of Arabic and Spanish gypsy dance—which she infuses with cultural insights, inspiring philosophies, and nutrition advice. She also hosts women-only dance retreats to distant locales, during which she grants participants one-on-one dance training, spiritual guidance, and other opportunities such as the chance to observe a private Native American ceremonial harvest dance.
Amaya also believes in empowering young girls and women to reach their full potential. A portion of her DVD sales benefit The Girl Effect, a charity dedicated to empowering women and fighting for equal rights across the globe.