Technique, performance, artistry, and life skills. Those are the pillars on which Dance Arts Conservatory molds it students into fully formed dancers. Even the youngest ballet students here start their paths with technique, learning pas de basque and three-point turns before moving on to more complex moves. But ballet is not the only curriculum here. Instructors here also teach jazz, tap, and hip hop classes, each with their own distinct style. The school's large class slate also includes fitness-based dance classes—such as Zumba and Red Hot Dance Fitness—which combine energetic dance steps with upbeat songs to keep classes fun.
At Socialsport Dance Club, the instructors specialize in first dances, whether it's for your wedding or it's literally your first dance. During private and group lessons, they walk beginners through one of 13 ballroom dances, including the foxtrot, waltz, and rumba. For more upbeat movements, the studio also hosts Latin-inspired Zumba dance fitness classes that can burn more calories than a four-hour tango.
At Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance Center, dance instructors lead group and private classes in a variety of American and international styles. A large schedule of classes includes waltz and fox trot, tango, rumba, samba, and swing. The center also hosts social lessons and parties.
Pennsylvania Pole Academy builds strong bodies with female-focused exercise routines and pampers them with boutique cosmetics and tanning, earning the women's-only studio a spotlight on Fox-29 news. A favorite exercise of telephone-line repairmen, fire fighters, and skyscraper iron workers, pole-dancing classes and curve-sculpting sessions for students of all skill sets fill the studio's calendar, providing challenging yet approachable full-body workouts. In addition to teaching pole-gripping techniques, Intro to Pole Dancing strengthens the core muscles needed to perform fancy spins and upside-down moves in intermediate classes. Powered by upbeat teachers and music, Flirty Girl cardio-dance sessions melt calories and stress with an hour of struts and swivels, and Booty Camp shapes glutes with plyometric jumps and strength-training intervals rather than encasing legs in pantyhose made of lead.