The fleet-footed instructors of National Dance Clubs shepherd students of all skill levels through a variety of dance styles and techniques. Aspiring hip-swivelers can acquire the moves necessary to woo passersby into impromptu swing sessions with an introductory dance package, which includes two private 50-minute lessons to get the dance ball rhythmically rolling. Solo dancers—who will be paired with an instructor—and cha-chaing couples take to the 2,000-square-foot dance floor, learning the steps, dips, and secret handshakes of American, international, and social dance disciplines, including bolero, fox trot, rumba, waltz, and tango.
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 fox-trot 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.
Professional belly dancer Alexia guides students through shimmying sessions that blend fitness with Middle Eastern dance. No previous experience is necessary for the Bellydance Basics class, which teaches the nuts and bolts of head slides, turns, and traveling steps while applying liberal amounts of swivel to hips. With eight weeks of practicing mesmerizing movements, students can enhance their posture and confidence, solidify lackluster abdominals, and create ripples rivaling those of monster-inhabited lakes. Alexia breaks down Middle Eastern moves into their fundamental components and encourages dancers to quest for precision and proper alignment.
Fine Arts Connection provides artistic entrepreneurs of all ages and skill levels with the means to create. Instructor Yichen Reneau enlivens brushstrokers with more than 15 years of teaching experience and prodigious skill in an array of styles and media. The 90-minute introductory drawing course inserts biology-class notebook doodlers into a different classroom to work on fundamentals such as shadow shading, how to make thumbs not look weird, and recruiting fruit models. Meanwhile, the two-hour Chinese brush painting class lets students ink Chinese characters with special brushes on provided rice paper, upon which they'll delicately depict the characters for truth, beauty, and Marilyn Monroe sunbathing on a duvet made of Campbell's soup cans.
At Let's Dance Ballroom Dance Studio, the studio's 2,000-square-foot sprung floorspace jostles beneath the feet of first-time visitors practicing the basics of ballroom. During classes, newcomers step through simple choreography that emphasizes positivity and support. Certified instructors, all of whom oversee lessons at the studio full-time, maintain the same comfortable ambiance throughout their other group and private classes. Whether they are demonstrating the sensual dips of tango, the hip pops of the hustle, or the buoyant leaps of swing, they strive to infuse their pupils with lasting confidence in their moves.
The studio’s curriculum includes waltz, fox trot, cha-cha, and mambo, in addition to disciplines such as theater arts and country western. Instructors eagerly take on special projects as well, including coaching couples through their wedding dance. Friday-night parties allow students to socialize with fellow dancers outside of the context of clubbing or tucking notes into each other's tutus onstage. Occasionally, the studio even schedules live music to sync up with its sessions.
Dance Tonight co-owner Jeremy Norris knows his students. "When it comes down to it, everyone really dances for one reason: to have fun," he states on his school?s website. Co-owner Emily Loyless and their staff of fellow NDCA-registered instructors share his sentiment. In addition to teaching salsa, west coast swing, and country dancing, their dance studio turns into a ballroom dance party on Friday nights where students practice moves from their lessons. Norris and company also schedule Zumba dance fitness classes, whose calorie burn far exceeds that of completing 100 Macarenas.