The instructors at Le Danse Ballroom Club not only have decades of experience as dancers, but each of them has also completed a rigorous, 300-lesson training program. They lead students of all levels through a wide variety of dance styles, including tango, swing, merengue, and 15 more. The studio's award-based teaching method motivates pupils with attainable goals and a chance to graduate from one level of instruction to another.
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.
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.
Motus Dance Theatre sends its ensemble pirouetting through the walls of convention and into the city's auditoriums, libraries, and art museums. With performances such as Pairings?a series of six dances inspired by six wine and gourmet food matchups?the nonprofit company translates imaginative contexts into spectacles of movement. Its reputation for novelty stems from a mission to disperse the arts throughout the public sphere without putting tutus on every streetlight. By hiring up-and-coming choreographers, planning site-specific installations, and collaborating with other entertainers, the theatre brings continuously evolving dance presentations to the community.
Motus is by no means exclusive: its classes and workshops welcome participants of all backgrounds to enhance their bodily awareness. Lessons from highly trained instructors cover techniques from yoga poses to burlesque pivots, and focus on finding confidence regardless of age or build.
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.
At Studio Z, highly trained instructors help jaded gym rats escape the workout doldrums with an arsenal of high-energy group fitness classes. Customers can drop in on one of eight different types of courses that take place in a modern studio outfitted with bold colors, corrugated metal, and mirror-lined walls. Clients swivel their hips in a heart-pumping Latin-dance-infused Zumba class, which blends international influences such as merengue, salsa, and samba to craft an exercise regimen that’s as fun and challenging as playing a 10-mile-long game of hopscotch. Pilates classes nurture lean muscles and stronger cores, and yoga sessions foster a deeper mind-body connection and help students become as flexible as a gymnast with a wide-open calendar. Studio Fit and Zumba Toning classes round out Studio Z’s schedule, which sports both morning and evening sessions depending on the week.