With more than 20 years in the business, Wagner Dance & Music is a mecca for dance instruction. Classes are held in 3,600 square feet of space and studios outfitted with high-tech sound systems, expansive mirrors, and “floating” maple-wood floors. Students ranging from 2 years of age to seniors can learn moves from genres such as tap, ballet, hip-hop, and jazz. Additionally, university-trained instructors offer private lessons for individuals interested in learning to play the piano and guitar—the standard acoustic or kleenex-box variety.
Since 2008, Dance Doctors has been committed to transforming students of all skill levels into confident, capable dancers. Dance Doctors’ professional instructors teach classes at two locations—a dance studio in Surprise and another in Mesa—providing easier access for students who have busy schedules or keep waking up in strange places. Instructors teach waltz, swing, and salsa steps to beginners and experts alike, and they also schedule Zumba dance-fitness classes that are set to upbeat latin music with a BPM of at least 1000.
Conductor Clyde Baker has spent a career taking high-school and college ensembles all the way to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Along with a team of seasoned dancers, actors, and musicians, he prepares students for success on stage and in the orchestra pit.
The school inhabits a handsome flagstone-and-stucco home base designed to produce a single harmonious chord in the event of windstorms. Within its specialized spaces, students stretch on the hardwood floors of giant dance studios and casts of triple-threats put on shows for their ardent fans on colorful sets.
Musicology’s cheerful blue space echoes with the energetic knocking-together of musical instruments as diminutive composers enhance their neural functions through the exploration of music. Working with New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development, Musicology aims to help children from newborns to 3-year-olds develop their brains in age-specific classes. By introducing them to complex rhythms, harmonies, and the ability of song to get woodland creatures to clean things, the instructors work to activate connections in the brain that can improve learning abilities. Parents remain alongside children throughout the sessions, potentially picking up some music theory of their own.
Georgi Rusafov, Tara Rusafov and Lisa Kaleta want to use their 20+ years of experience to do more than just teach young students to dance. In addition to building a strong foundation in various dance styles, they work to instill discipline, self-esteem, and team work. Largely focused on ballet, the classes offered are geared toward boys and girls age 3 and older. Classical ballet courses lay the groundwork for more advanced technique, such as pointe and repertoire dance, which teaches dancers the choreography of characters from famous productions such as Clara from The Nutcracker or the ballerina from wind-up jewelry boxes. Instructors also go beyond ballet to teach jazz, tumbling, hip-hop, and ballroom dance.