Authentic Belly Dancing Entertainment & Academy's staff of professional dancers pop up around Dallas, shimmering across the stages of restaurants, dazzling guests at private parties, and stealing the stony hearts of competition judges. During their weekend performances and special events, solitary dancers, partners, trios, and troupes perform traditional and Egyptian belly dance movements. They spice up routines with swords, candles, and fire while astounding audiences by manipulating their stomach muscles to pour shots or stop errant cannon balls.
Back at their headquarters on the hardwood studio floors of Dana's Dance Academy, the professional swirlers impart their art to aspiring dancers in beginner and advanced belly-dancing classes throughout the week. A social and enjoyable form of aerobic exercise—unlike sleep dancing, which is essentially solitary—the classes also aim to boost students' confidence, grace, and poise.
Academy students can take their skills to the public stage by performing at Harem Nites at Stratnos Greek Tavern, where, on the first Thursday of every month, professionals and first-timers alike dance together in front of a live audience of spectators, friends, and family.
This multifaceted education center celebrates Bollywood culture with a variety of dance, music, and fitness classes. Bollywood Arts Performing Center allows clients to study the sounds of Bollywood with vocal training, drumming classes, and mandatory 24-hour Bollywood-movie-watching marathons. During kathak dance sessions, students learn the classical Indian steps featured in major Bollywood films, whereas krumping and popping and locking take center stage during hip-hop classes. The center also offers fitness programs, such as Zumba and yoga, which keep bodies primed for dancing and running competitive paper routes.
Since 2004, SalsaDallas.com has organized salsa dancing events and performances. The company's dancers also teach salsa lessons held weekly at various locations. Beginners learn basic steps, and more advanced students practice complex footwork and techniques for standing out on the dance floor.
The leading ladies at The Girls Room, who believe that every woman has the right to be pretty, sexy, and strong, help their students build both physical and mental strength during fitness classes that combine alluring dance moves and hardcore workouts. They put their love of burlesque to use in pole-dancing classes and barre-based Barre-lesque sessions. The team also helms tamer, less sensual fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba. The girls' online shop stocks virtual shelves with accessories such as Mighty Grip gloves, which allow wearers to perform gravity-defying pole-dance moves or safely carry out celebratory cartwheels in bowling alleys. Their bachelorette parties eschew the concept of traditional bridal get-togethers for more unconventional gatherings, teaching brides-to-be and their entourage signature pole dances, lap dances, or burlesque techniques.
At Calirumba Dance Company, experienced dance instructors and choreographers teach students of all levels the fundamentals of Latin dance. Named for the founders’ home in Cali, Colombia, the studio is the brainchild of dancers from the company Yurumangui, who, after showing off their dance skills around the globe, decided to share their talents with those eager to learn. The staff hosts hour-long classes in salsa, salsa Colombia style, and the tango multiple times per week, and even invites children to try their hand at dancing or eating salsa.
Both former professionally performing cirque artists, Kimberly Adele and Dylan Keith wanted to share the joys of flight and mastering the wide-ranging and eclectic cirque arts. To that end, they train aerial apprentices at CirqueFit, blending aspects of music, dance, and theater with soaring circus maneuvers. Kimberly and Keith emphasize proper safety throughout all their programs. Their class environment of trust and positivity makes for an engaging socializing forum and an upbeat venue for children—some as young as 3 years old—where they can develop their coordination, confidence, and ability to best any bear balancing atop a circus ball. Students of all ages can swoop and spin on the lyra or spiral down aerial silks during aerial cirque-arts classes or hone their balance skills in acro-yoga sessions, which rely on partner poses to form living sculptures. In addition to imparting high-flying skills, each class rewards students with fitness benefits, which tighten cores and tone physiques as guests hoist their own bodyweight above cushioned mats.