Arthur Murray has been a leading name in dance since 1912, when the founding entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, Murray enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships, and he skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Murray and his wife Kathryn were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years.
Today, the Arthur Murray team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired with an instructor, who will assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Instructors teach the foundations of a variety of dance styles, including samba, swing, and tango, helping students learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or cha-cha. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
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.
At Five Star Dance Studios, certified instructors take the lead and teach students swing, cha-cha, salsa, waltz, and more. They can even teach the hustle, and will provide personalized instruction for wedding dances. Classes for all skill levels are available, in both private and group lessons.
Latin Expressions Dance Company imparts dancers of all skill levels with sensuous Latin styles such as salsa, bachata, merengue, and cha-cha, but it's especially keen on introducing beginners to the benefits of boogieing. Under the graceful guidance of founders Kyle Culmann and Nadia Alvarado, the company?s classes pound out rhythms on 2,150 square feet of hardwood dance floor at Riolo Dance Studio. When not teaching official classes, the instructors contribute to offsite events, spearheading solo or group performances, spicing up parties with dance lessons for beginners, or choreographing routines for events such as quincea?eras, weddings, and Supreme Court rulings.
If one activity can fulfill your human desire to be fit, your human desire to create art, and your more human desire to generate massive electromagnetic storms through rhythmic motion, it's dance. With today's Groupon to SalsaIndy, join the perfect storm of salsa dancing. For $20, you'll get four salsa dance classes, a $40 value. SalsaIndy holds classes in two convenient locations, at Riolo Dance Studio in downtown Indy and Jazz Kitchen in Broad Ripple, the only community named for the effect a washing machine has when dropped in a lake. Classes are offered Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Check out SalsaIndy's website for times and locations.