KCYA’s mission is to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity, and inspire success in education. Founded in 1961, KCYA partners with professional teaching artists to deliver arts based programs to children and youth. KCYA is the largest provider of arts programs in the Kansas City area.
Staffed by veteran dancers, Toyman introduces prospective prancers to the ins and outs of an array of Latin dances. Three trained instructors, who perfected their craft at a variety of studios and theaters, lead students in rhythmic explorations of salsa, merengue, cha-cha, and other festive steps. Couples dance classes can prepare brides and grooms for magical matrimonial displays of elegance or help long-time spouses one-up their foxtrotting neighbors and Charlestoning children.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Ballroom in motion Boutique specializes in Ballroom and Latin dance costumes, shoes and accessories. Our Ballroom in Motion Boutique customers are so important to us and we know how much dancing means to you, that's why we are committed to providing Beautiful, Fun costumes, shoes and accessories at an affordable price.
Certified Ballroom dance instructor Amy has been sweeping people off their feet as young as 6 years old and as mature as 87. In a one-on-one or group setting, Amy guides bodies through a smattering of dances, including the fox trot, tango, waltz, cha-cha, and swing. Her students come to learn basic moves for a special occasion—such as a wedding first dance—as well as to train hard for dance competitions.
Although Signature Ballroom's instructors Abby Vogels and Matt Schissler introduce their students to a number of ballroom styles–from tango to foxtrot to samba–they also focus on fitness. During private lessons, they not only teach their charges the fancy footwork, but how to use the steps as a means of exercising and losing weight in a fun and creative way, much like completing a coloring book while running on a treadmill. Guests can also work out and build connections between one another with more modern techniques such as East and West Coast swing.
Already existing connections are further strengthened during wedding couples' dances. After teaching prenuptial footwork to just the bride and groom or the entire wedding party, the instructors provide a video of the choreography so their pupils can practice at home in preparation for the big day.