Picture a sophisticated lounge with a business casual dress code that combines standard bar-area seating with couches and comfortable sitting room chairs; that’s the gist of Blu, a nightclub in downtown Indianapolis on south Meridian Street. During the week, Blu provides late-evening visitors with a casual and relaxing atmosphere with plenty of soft lighting, a few modest televisions and easy-listening music. Weekends are much livelier, with bass-heavy deejays in rotation and a flashy Miami-infused club scene taking over. Still, it’s possible to sneak away to the mezzanine level, outside patio or private VIP lounges for a more secluded experience, the latter of which comes complete with custom-designed sheer curtains. Of course, dancing is also an option, thanks to pulsing reggae, hip hop and Top 40 selections coming from the dance floor.
American Style Ballroom's founder Patric Didier has light tripped his way to a couple of Indiana Classic wins, a few gigs dancing for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and several commercial appearances. When he's not coaching professional competitive dancers, Patric teaches budding dancers of all skill levels how to gracefully hit the floor. Along with co-owner Jeanne Cross—a veteran instructor with more than 30 years of experience—the light-footed duo and its team lead private and group lessons at the studio's two locations. Students of any skill level pound the boards in styles ranging from raucous swing to elegant Viennese waltz to the slightly less elegant Viennese waltz on stilts. American Style Ballroom also hosts practice dance parties to give guests a chance to air out their new moves.
• For $30, you get four weeks of acting classes (a $50 value) and a year-long registration fee (a $15 value; a $65 total value). This Groupon is valid for Stage One: Let's Put On A Show (grades K–4, Tuesdays at 4 p.m.); Main Stage Production Class (grades 5–8, Tuesdays at 5 p.m.); or Acting 101 (ages 16+, Tuesdays at 6 p.m.). • For $30, you get four weeks of improv classes (a $50 value) and a year-long registration fee (a $15 value; a $65 total value). This Groupon is valid for Improv I (ages 10–15, Mondays at 4 p.m.) or Improv II (ages 16+, Mondays at 5 p.m.). Led by founders Michael and Jennifer Dalto, D'Alto Studio of Performing Arts' band of astute teachers tickles the motivations of budding actors in a 9,000-square-foot studio. Elementary schoolchildren cultivate memorization and acting skills during Stage One: Let's Put On A Show classes by playing theater games, analyzing scripts, and giving performances. Main Stage Production Class students learn to feel relaxed on stage by practicing improvisation and performing monologues while wearing suits made of massage pillows. Prepare for auditions, hone dramatic techniques, and concoct monologues and scenes for acting nights held every other month in Acting 101 classes. During improv classes, students participate in games that teach them to react to scenarios spontaneously, thereby gaining confidence and watching their inhibitions crumble like cookies made of dried leaves. Theatrical productions take place in a 115-seat black box theater, and all classes are 60 minutes long.
Executive director Beverly Smithey began dancing at the age of 4 and began her teaching career at 16, when she taught younger friends to dance in her parents’ home. Today, she leads a group of passionate instructors who all impart their love of dance to younger dancers. They teach a variety of styles for children as young as 2 as well as dance-inspired fitness classes for adults.
At Indy Pole Fitness South, women add flirtiness to fitness with aerobic and limb-strengthening routines performed on 9-foot dance poles and 15 stages. Within a mirrored studio, seasoned instructors helm various pole-dancing classes, leading students and fireman impersonators through a bevy of sensual moves designed to tone muscles and build flexibility. They also offer other classes such as hot yoga, ballet, and belly dancing, which torch calories in constructive group settings. Energetic group parties are also available, allowing ladies to unwind with friends. Tank tops and shorts ensure comfortable workouts, and sneakers, heels, or moonboots best accentuate fancy footwork.