The crack team of instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio swiftly instills rug-cutting basics in students with a speed-teaching method that demystifies ballroom standards such as rumba, cha-cha, swing, waltz, tango, foxtrot, and hustle. Private lessons hone pupils' moves under direct guidance of a teacher, while group lessons build talents in a more social setting, rotating partners throughout the class. Dance socials and dancers' nights out let students meet one another, practice their craft with new partners, and quietly horde hors d' oeuvres for upcoming attempts at running away from home.
The professional dance instructors at Ballroom, Etc. suspect that when people say, "I just want to dance," they don't necessarily mean that they want to spend the next five years mastering a series of steps. At the relaxed studio, instructors aim to create group classes and private lessons that embody what's really at the heart of dance—fun. Folks can stop by for group classes and learn the waltz, tap, or modern swing while mingling with other like-minded learners. On Friday night, the studio opens its doors to the public for dance parties, where students and shimmy-curious shufflers can amble in for a night of high-stepping.
Dance directors Christina Penatello and Ken Hansen have trained underneath champions such as Dancing With the Stars contestant Louis Van Amstel, whose new dance fitness classes, LaBlast, has become a staple of the studio’s schedule. LaBlast classes share schedule space with instruction in cha cha, tango, swing, and other social dances. To sample the studio’s wares, budding dancers can follow in instructors’ rhythmic footsteps during 30-minute introductory sessions, which traverse various modalities with a speed-teaching method. As part of the renowned Fred Astaire franchise, instructors also host social dance parties and choreograph wedding dances for couples who want their first dance to look as effortless as tossing a flaming bouquet.
At Let's Dance Ballroom, guests don't need a predetermined partner to learn ballroom and Latin steps. Award-winning instructors—including globally ranked dancer Cole Mills and World Pro/Am swing champion Brian Stark—gladly steer beginner and advanced students alike through several styles. For personal guidance, they help plan wedding dances and salsa twirls during private lessons. They also lead group ballroom classes and host Friday-night dance socials, where students can move or rap the Gettysburg Address to the beat.
At VIVA Ballroom Dance Studio beginners with no prior experience can learn the basics while more advanced dancers hone their skills in a variety of dance styles from ballroom to break dancing. A talented team of instructors teaches private and group lessons in ballet, Latin, hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballroom, and lyrical dance styles. In addition, the studio offers fitness classes such as Zumba and yoga as an alternative way to achieve cardio fitness.
Inside La Luna Dance Studio, students whirl like colorful tops, salsa dancing, tango dancing, or swing dancing atop a 5,000-square-foot dance floor as a crystal-clear sound system pumps tunes. Encouraging instructors stand nearby, breaking down the music and the steps of each style, as friends, partners, and the newly acquainted bond over each tap of their toes. While the studio specializes in these adult Latin-dance courses, junior-level programs welcome kids aged 3 and older, and all classes are scaled to beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels. In addition to their comprehensive month-long programs, the sashayers host special events and dance parties, such as BYOB Salsa Friday every second and fourth weekend, and an annual symposium on the safety risks of holding roses in your teeth.