At Aerial Space, workouts unfold in midair. Practitioners weave through suspended silks, flow through yoga poses supported by hammocks, or practice acrobatic moves on the static trapeze and lyra, a suspended hoop. Aerial Space's aerial circus-arts classes, offered privately and for groups of children and adults, instill equal parts grace, fitness, and newfound skill.
As the resident company at New York’s 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Doug Varone and Dancers strive to tell emotionally resonant stories through original, technically complex modern dance pieces. During "Lux," the graceful, athletic bodies of the troupe's eight dancers, including Waynesville native and Carolina Day School graduate Erin Owen, overleap imaginary potholes and fire hydrants to the music of renowned Candyman II composer Philip Glass. Spectators slotted into the Diana Wortham Theatre's 500 comfortable seats can also squint at the footnotes of "Chapters From a Broken Novel," which intertwines several short-story vignettes, or wave farewell to "Boats Leaving." Those seeking extra background and insight into the routines can attend a 7 p.m. pre-show discussion free to ticket-holders and left-footed ballerinas.
Trained industry professionals at Asheville Performing Arts Academy cultivate creativity in fledgling scholars with weekly dance and drama classes. Patrons can enroll pint-size progenies in a semester of Kindermusik classes, introductory music courses designed to bolster their cognitive development and prepare them for potential careers as boat rowers and bus wheels. Designed for even younger tots, the school's Creative Arts Preschool program embraces dance, art, and drama to foster critical-thinking skills and boost confidence levels at an early age. Children may also opt to perfect their two-stepping abilities in a slew of classes—including ballet, Irish dance, and Broadway style—that cater to a variety of age groups and experience levels.
For three decades, Greenville Ballet has set the stage for plié practitioners to develop lifelong fitness, learning, and arts appreciation through engaging classes. The schedule of 90-minute adult ballet sessions (a $17 per class value) helps hoofers ease into position once a week, laying a foundation for further studies in bodily expression. Pre-ballet classes (a $13 per class value), offered on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, gift little legs 45 minutes of creative fun each week, teaching basic elements of movement and discipline that can be applied to other activities, such as sports, education, and mastering a perfect teeter-totter landing.
During Shake, Rattle, & Roll!, professional Elvis impersonator Scot Bruce accurately depicts The King during his prime by belting out hits from the 1950s and 1960s in classic Presley attire. Known for his cameo in Faith Hill's "Let's Go to Vegas" music video, Bruce impresses audiences with an uncanny resemblance to Presley that encompasses the same pompadour, shared facial characteristics, and the ability to power a propeller-less helicopter by swiveling his hips. A four-piece band equipped with vintage instruments joins Bruce in successfully recreating Elvis's journey from his humble beginnings at Sun Records.
“We remember that everyone was a beginner at some point, even us!” says the Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s website, which displays many of the award-winning team’s words of encouragement to their students. Whether participants are new to dance or want to become the next superhero known for their crime-fighting tango, comprehensive lessons from the internationally recognized team in ballroom, Latin, and swing dance can get them there. Weekly social parties also gather students from all levels in a relaxed space where they can try out what they gleaned in class and learn a few new steps, too.