At The Bea Hive Dance Studio, shoes hit 6,000 square feet of floating dance floor in the cadences of swing, ballroom, hip-hop, salsa, and other groovy disciplines. The beats rarely stop inside the venue's three rooms—they host lessons and competitive training in addition to weekend dance parties, where students can both socialize and practice their steps. Just as it embraces a wide variety of styles, the studio teaches dance for all purposes. Private classes steer couples through wedding sashays, and ballet and tap classes for toddlers prompt parents to look forward to future stomping tantrums.
Regardless of the reason behind the rhythm, guests can rest assured that each rug-cutting venture is overseen by a seasoned instructor. Some of the staff's accomplishments include performing for Nelson Mandela and nabbing third place in the team division of the World Latin Dance Cup. Their accolades have not prompted an exclusive attitude, however; they accept pupils of any age and experience level.
Brother and sister team Linh and Tam Nguyen train students in the art of hair, nail, and skin care at Advance Beauty College. Their student stylists demonstrate their talents at the college’s salon and spa, cutting and coloring hair using Matrix products and pampering skin with Dermalogica products. Before facials, trainees give clients a complimentary skin-mapping analysis, ensuring that treatments target problem areas from dry skin and fine lines to acne or bits of toilet paper glued to one’s cheeks. They also provide nail services—and whether it’s a pedicure, gel manicure, or nail-art application, techs use brand-new nail files, buffers, and orangewood sticks on each client.
David Nieto's résumé lists more than a few accomplishments—he's been named the Mayan World Salsa champion, choreographed routines for Dancing with the Stars, and performed alongside the Jonas Brothers and Jamie Foxx. But he still manages to take time out of his busy schedule to lead lessons through Salsa Dance Lessons. There, he leads group and private lessons that cover the basics of both salsa and the Dominican dance bachata. During classes, he not only teaches footwork, but how to lead and follow, the proper technique for turns and spins, and how to feel out your moves by understanding the music. Each session builds upon another, giving clients the chance to master the dance's basics and upper-level intricacies.