The mission of Glow Yoga Studio is for each class to feel relaxed and reflective, giving students a chance to clear their minds as they improve their flexibility and strength. This studio, tucked inside Riverside Jazzercise, has a small staff of three instructors, two of whom have backgrounds that include dance and a third who traveled to India to learn how to teach yoga. They lead all-levels classes in three practices: Hatha, deep-stretch, and a blend of Iyengar, Yin, and Anusara.
Dancemeister David Vanderzell transforms his lifelong passion for ballroom dance into a living through both the lessons and facilities at D&D's Dance Center. He and his cast of instructors aid beginners and aspiring professionals in lightening their feet within one of the establishment's four ballrooms, the largest of which measures a whopping 2,500 square feet, the size of a three- to four-bedroom house or the cramped dorm room of a gray whale. This grand ballroom also boasts a DJ booth, a full light and sound system, and a stage for live bands. A dance-supply store inhabits one of the building's many chambers, dealing in everything from championship costume design to emergency pairs of shoes for sudden danceoffs to determine to the fate of the nations.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
OC Dance Studio views dance through dual lenses, both as a path to fitness and a catalyst for mingling. Body barre—a class focused on stretching and toning—sculpts svelte limbs and cores, and cardio dance lessons set to high-octane Latin and techno beats aid weight loss as a personal trainer bolsters calorie burning with personalized workout advice. Alternatively, students can explore movement’s interactive side through social dance classes and studio events, where people can mingle and practice moves such as The Worm or the more social Three Braided Worms.
OC Dance Studio’s panoply of children’s classes complement their adult offerings, building poise and self-confidence in youths aged 3¬–12. Classes span modalities such as hip-hop, tap, and flamenco. During regular dance recitals, students showcase their new skills for friends, family, and talent scouts for So You Think You Can Dance Before You Can Vote. The studio’s shoe showroom outfits dancers of all ages for courses, stocking kicks handpicked by the staff for niche styles such as Latin and ballroom dance.
Shesha Marvin was nervous as he gazed out on the dance floor, certain that his pounding heart could even be heard over the booming music. He had always been uneasy on his feet, choosing to lurk by the punch bowl at parties rather than asking girls for a dance—but now, at last, was a chance to overcome his fear. He took a deep breath and stepped out onto the floor, where he was immediately swept away in a rush of lively beats and glimmering lights.
After than fateful night, Shesha was hooked. He began dancing six nights a week at local clubs and, eventually, in Disneyland shows, favoring the lindy-hop and swing styles. He traveled the world to compete in international championships, even performing live on Dancing with the Stars. Today, Shesha brings his years of passion and expertise to his own dance studio, Atomic Ballroom.
Atop the hardwood floors of his spacious studio, Shesha and his instructors lead students of all experience levels through the steps, twirls, and transitions of the East Coast swing, the American fox trot, and the Argentine tango. The instructors can even help couples choreograph a dance for their wedding while providing expert advice on how to sashay gracefully in heels or how to twirl the bride without destroying the reception hall with F5-level winds. Every night of the week, they host a group dance party—from Sunday night tango to Saturday night Ballroom, as well as host dance-infused workouts of Jazzercise and belly dance throughout the week.