Luce Conservatory of Fine Arts founders and head instructors Jeremiah Moore and Gladysue Hovis embody the phrase “two heads are better than one.” Gladysue, a dancer who’s performed with companies since her teens, inspires students to explore creative movement and sharpen their technique. Jeremiah’s talent for the visual arts—including painting, ceramics, sculpting, and woodwork—combines with his art-education experience, helping him guide others in learning artistic pursuits. Together, they form Luce Conservatory, a trove of artistic education where students can find their creative voice without traveling to multiple studios, reducing their chances of wandering into an alternate reality.
Professional dancing partners Katia Kuznetsova and Cristiano Callegari bring more than just a passion for dance to their students. The duo earned top marks in national and international competitions such as the Ohio Star Ball and the UK Open, which, in addition to certification by the National Dance Council of America, makes them experts in dance styles including Latin, ballroom, and wedding dance. They also surround themselves with like-minded experts, recruiting professional dance instructors versed in country-western dancing, swing, Salsa, and hip-hop. When she isn't illuminating the dance floor, Zumba instructor Shara Hymowitz leads fitness disciples of all ages along the path to better bodies during fun Zumba classes set to Latin rhythms. Instructors happily teach dancers of all skill levels, with lessons ranging from group classes that cover the fundamentals of dance to private instruction for advanced dancers or undercover cops looking to infiltrate the gang from West Side Story.
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.
What began as a small studio with five enthusiastic dance students has transformed into a full-fledged company that's educated thousands and won multiple awards along the way—including a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. Today, Strictly Street Salsa has a whole team of instructors that has danced its way across the likes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain, and Rome and is ready to introduce students to new cultures through the art of dance. The studio offers classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers in both salsa and tango and hosts dance workshops that blend Latin dance with various cultural elements, including African movement, gypsy music, and good old-fashioned American screaming.
When dance class commences at Move Dance and Fitness Studio, kids aren't the only ones expected to get moving. There's a fitness room located just beyond the studio's viewing windows with a modest collection of ellipticals and treadmills awaiting parents, who can work out for free while their kids are in class. They can even commission a personal trainer (for an additional fee) to help create a customized workout or send the treadmill to bed without dinner if it's pushing everybody too hard. This fitness room exemplifies Move's commitment to keeping the community fit and in motion, no matter the method. Of course, the studio's main draw is dance classes for kids, which range from ballet and jazz to hip-hop and tap.
But the dance classes represent just half of what the studio has to offer. It also holds dance-inspired fitness classes. For example, at Soma Forma barre classes students lean on the ballet barre as they perform small isometric movements designed to sculpt muscles that rival a ballerina's.
This education-based childcare center offers schooling, summer camps, and enrichment programs for children aged 6 weeks to 13 years. Based on the philosophy that children "learn best by doing," these programs use hands-on activities to teach students basic skills in literacy, mathematics, and bedtime negotiations. Summer workshops explore topics ranging from robotics to soccer, and certified instructors lead groups through scavenger hunts and volunteer projects during assorted camp programs.