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Jittery jitterbuggers, shy salsa dancers, and timid tango-ers watch out: TC Dance Club International is out to recruit you. The friendly instructors at this dance studio love to teach beginners––in fact it's their specialty. They offers lessons in a wide range of dance styles including waltz, swing, foxtrot, rumba, salsa, and nightclub, and tailor each lesson to the student's experience level, even if they've never danced a step before. What's more, the studio even schedules practice parties where new dancers can try out their moves with other newbies before hitting the clubs or sashaying down the aisles of their local supermarket.
219 3rd Ave SW
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US
It isn’t uncommon for the vastly different worlds of charity fundraising and pole dancing to collide at various local philanthropic functions throughout Iowa. That’s because staff members at Wicked Enchantment Pole Dancing & Fitness Studio continue to prove that pole fitness can benefit their community as well as raise money for organizations such as Children's Miracle Network and Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. They channel this same spirit of support during their group and private classes back at their ladies-only workout venue. They restrict their pole-based classes to six people, fostering an intimate and supportive environment for women to master climbs, grips, and twirls. Their curriculum also hones in on the healthy aspect of the art, listing classes that target arms, abs, and cores as well as full-body boot-camp workouts. They teach several levels of pole dancing and corresponding choreography classes, building fluid routines by augmenting maneuvers with transitions and lubricating arm joints with 10W-40.
4444 1st Avenue Northeast
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US
You won’t find any treadmills or rowing machines at Vitality Fitness & Dance Studio. Rather, the studio’s rooms feature an expansive wall of mirrors and rows of poles ready for workouts. Pole-dancing aficionados guide students through muscle-sculpting workouts with a sultry edge. Chairs, hats, canes, and feathers accompany burlesque dancing classes. To slow things down a bit, the Vitality for You class leads participants through 45 minutes of stretching exercises, helping students who want to gain the flexibility to massage their own back after workouts.
3135 Wiley Boulevard Southwest
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US
Mary Mayer's career in Irish dancing started when she took her first lessons in Ireland while staying with her grandmother in the early '70s. She loved it so much that when she returned to Chicago, she—as well as her brother John—began taking lessons at a local Irish-dance school, where they danced with such people as Lord of the Dance creator Michael Flatley. Both Mary and John eventually starting placing at regional and national championships. In 1980, they founded the Mayer School of Irish Dancing. It began in a basement with only five students—two of who were their younger brother and sister, Paul and Julie Mayer. These two followed in their older siblings' footsteps by placing in championships and even landing roles in Road to Perdition. Paul trained actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and danced with her in the film. Julie also trained many actors and performed alongside Paul Newman and Daniel Craig. Though John has since retired, Mary continues to teach classes six days a week in Villa Park and Galena. Paul and Julie man two of the school's additional locations, which now span four states. Their students have placed in regional and national championships. Some have even traveled to Ireland to put their skills on display at the All-Ireland Championship and see if any snakes have found their way back yet.
2828 Eastern Avenue
Davenport,
IA
US
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 samba. 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.
3170 East 53rd Street
Davenport,
IA
US
Since Barbara McNulty founded her school in 1971, it has expanded to 18 state-spanning locations where beginning and advanced students learn the ins and outs of Irish dancing. McNulty herself is certified to teach Irish step solo, figure, and ceili dancing, and instructors lead a host of solo and team lessons to accommodate different ages or experience levels.
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque,
IA
US