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.
Though they didn't know each other at the time, Evgeny Dyachenko and Inna Ivanenko both discovered ballroom dancing in Russia at the age of 7. They enjoyed tremendous success in their respective careers, placing among the top competitors in championships across the globe, but it wasn't until they moved to the US and met one another that their achievements began to pile up like film-award statuettes in a movie star's toy chest. In 2006, they ranked second in the World American Rhythm Show Dance Championship; they toured 25 cities performing with Dancing with the Stars in 2007; and in 2008, they lit up theaters across the nation in the stage show Champions of the Dance. Eventually, they decided to share their talents with others and opened their own studio. Today, Evgeny, Inna, and their team of instructors lead dancers of all ages and levels through social and competitive dancing programs in a variety of styles—24 styles, specifically, which include foxtrot, rumba, West Coast swing, and tango.
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 swing cha cha and salsa classes that can burn more calories than a four-hour tango.
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.
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.