Motus Dance Theatre sends its ensemble pirouetting through the walls of convention and into the city's auditoriums, libraries, and art museums. With performances such as Pairings—a series of six dances inspired by six wine and gourmet food matchups—the nonprofit company translates imaginative contexts into spectacles of movement. Its reputation for novelty stems from a mission to disperse the arts throughout the public sphere without putting tutus on every streetlight. By hiring up-and-coming choreographers, planning site-specific installations, and collaborating with other entertainers, the theatre brings continuously evolving dance presentations to the community.
Motus is by no means exclusive: its classes and workshops welcome participants of all backgrounds to enhance their bodily awareness. Lessons from highly trained instructors cover techniques from yoga poses to burlesque pivots, and focus on finding confidence regardless of age or build.
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 cha-cha. 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.
The experienced fancy footers at Arthur Murray instruct pupils in the art of coordinated rhythmic motion in 13 styles, ranging from the foxtrot to the mambo. During group lessons, sashaying students learn dance patterns and techniques to lead or follow steps through elegant waltzes, marching merengues, and shock-inducing electric slides. Sessions are tailored for all skill levels from experienced toe tappers to those with little or no dance experience. In each class, steppers pair up with classmates of their skill level to practice perfecting rhythm, movement, choreographed footwork, and synchronized blinking. Dance-persuasions change daily and weekly, providing toes ample variety throughout the monthly calendar.
At Indy Pole Fitness South, women add flirtiness to fitness with aerobic and limb-strengthening routines performed on 9-foot dance poles and 15 stages. Within a mirrored studio, seasoned instructors helm various pole-dancing classes, leading students and fireman impersonators through a bevy of sensual moves designed to tone muscles and build flexibility. They also offer other classes such as hot yoga, ballet, and belly dancing, which torch calories in constructive group settings. Energetic group parties are also available, allowing ladies to unwind with friends. Tank tops and shorts ensure comfortable workouts, and sneakers, heels, or moonboots best accentuate fancy footwork.