In Michigan Academy of Dance and Music's 5,500-square-foot facility, which is located minutes away from Ann Arbor, certified and experienced instructors make savvy smooth steppers out of novice dancers. The center's three dance studios are equipped with floating, sprung floors to reduce fatigue, injuries, and curiosity about where slinkies go to retire. After tapping curser toes over the schedule, pintsize patrons can jump into the tumbling and hip-hop classes to bounce away energy and join the ballet classes (available in four levels) to add elegance to everyday movements. Happy Dancin' Feet classes introduce dancers ages 2–5 to the art, and jazz sessions tutor toe-pointing pupils on the union of movement and beat. Other styles of dance taught include tap and competition dance, and students of all ages are welcome.
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 other classmates as the instructors 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.
As a Zerona-certified laser technician with thousands of treatments under his belt, Terry J. Ward knew many of his clients weren’t satisfied with the results of Zerona. Tapping into cold laser technology developed by NASA, he designed and built the first UltraSlim prototypes, as well as the finished version he uses to slenderize clients. As a local provider of the nationwide technique pioneered by Ward, technicians at UltraSlim Mid Michigan treat clients and back up their work by pledging repeated treatments until customers lose 2 inches.
In 2001, founder Carrie Rezabek Dorr began teaching dance classes in her very first studio. A lifetime of choreographing and performing across the United States had prepared her to teach others how to nurture their passion for dance. But an interest in fitness led her to explore mixing ballet and exercise in an effort to bolster her students' health and flexibility while reducing their chance of injury. Now called the Pure Barre method, Carrie’s fitness regime tones the hips, seat, arms, and abs by combining small movements with barre exercises that tone without building bulky muscle. This new regime ignited a fire under her students that soon spread to other studios across the United States. Today, instructors from Alabama to Washington continue to teach Carrie's method, while she continues to refine her techniques and search for the lost city of El Dorado.
The RYT-certified instructors at The Yoga Mat see themselves not just as yoga teachers, but as guides helping lead students toward self-discovery and awareness. Through a variety of class styles—including family yoga sessions—they teach such principles as controlled breathing, body alignment, and flexibility of the spine. Classes meet seven days a week, and the studio has mats available for rental.