A team of instructors with international professional experience leads classes that range from ballet and tap lessons to hip-hop dance and Zumba. The course list includes options for diverse age groups and experience levels, such as pre-ballet and tap lessons for ages 3–6 and ballet pointe for students with more than two years of ballet experience.
Rachel Burstein has been involved in dance for nearly two decades. As a performer, she's claimed numerous accolades, including a finalist finish on New Zealand's Dancing with the Stars in 2009. As an instructor, Rachel has transformed first-timers into award-winners. Her teaching isn't just for competitive purposes, though. Students can browse Rachel's flexible schedule and pick styles that interest them, which includes everything from the cha cha, rumba, and swing to salsa, foxtrot, and Argentine tango. The wide selection speaks to Rachel's vast knowledge of ballroom styles. It also prepares students to impress at non-competitive events, such as while attending a wedding or browsing the dairy section at the grocery store.
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According to a profile in South Coast Magazine , Dancesport owner Matt Gregory began dancing at age 19, a relatively late start compared to most professional dancers, who often start three weeks before they're born. He and the rest of the Dancesport instructors share nearly 100 years of combined experience with their students inside a more than 3,000-square-foot ballroom. Specializing in private, one-on-one classes, these teachers and coaches–championship dancers brought on board to conduct special classes–teach tango, west coast swing, and foxtrot, among other dance styles.
Their class schedule is supplemented with group courses, wedding-prep training, and events such as parties, shows, and the philanthropic Dancing for a Cause, which was chronicled by the Orange County Register.
Signature service: Dance classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and more
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Come a few minutes early so your child can get comfortable.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur 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, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Enerji Fitness’s team shares the joy they find in fitness by holding classes every day of the week. The staff unites their diverse backgrounds—from locales as far-flung as New York, Venezuela, and England—to pursue their shared passion for helping others get fit. During yoga sessions, they use gentle warmth (78 degrees) to limber up limbs for power Vinyasa flows that strengthen body, mind, spirit, and the building’s foundation. The barre classes fuse ballet-inspired cardio barre workouts with core work and lightweight toning, and instructors get their students kickboxing, doing plyometrics, and thumping heavy bags during Enerji Knockout classes. The global party beats played during Zumba classes animate bodies, as the staff teaches Latin-inspired dance moves in a fun setting. Enerji Fitness’s sleek, modern studio’s hardwood floors, brick accent walls, and creamy, mocha-tinged colors set a stylishly serene stage for this abundance of exercise.