Pegasus, the high-flying equine that serves as the namesake at Pegasus Pilates conjures up the inspirational notion of being able to overcome adversity with your own abilities. Thanks to the studio's aerial-hammock and barre Pilates classes, students enjoy this beautiful feeling as they get into shape. Founder Jennifer Van Deausen started with Pilates fundamentals, and then added her own spin on them to create these and other alternative-fitness classes. Traditional Pilates practitioners can also benefit from the more standard Pilates Reformer classes.
Marie Davidson is no stranger to fitness—she's a nutrition nut and ACE-certified personal trainer with an impressive resume that spans the spectrum of fitness modalities. She, like many others, quickly got bored with the same old routines, spurring her on to search for something a bit more layered, empowering, and fun. When she discovered pole dancing, she fell head over stiletto heels, eventually opening up her own studio to share her newfound discovery with the community.
Whether the aim is to sculpt a more toned physique, learn some sensual moves, boost confidence levels, or have a fun night out with girlfriends, Davidson works to help women achieve their goals within her mirrored studio lined with chrome poles. With a team of practiced instructors, she teaches classes that challenge participants both physically and emotionally, encouraging women and firemen enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes to feel comfortable in their own skin and cultivate a healthy lifestyle.
Owned by dance masters Thomas and Muriel Teague, Del Mar Ballet imparts pirouette artists of all ages, skill levels, and tutu preferences. Master the art of pointe work and growing nutcracker-like facial hair over the course of five adult drop-in sessions, which work to train students in proper body alignment and ballet fundamentals. Adult classes are offered several times throughout the week, enabling toe-tappers to schedule classes at optimal times between board meetings and animal séances.
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.
The instructors at California Ballet School have danced at such prestigious companies at the New York Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Students learn the art of ballet beginning at age 2 and can continue classes through adulthood. While ballet is the main focus of the school, instructors also teach flamenco, hip-hop, and jazz.
The experienced dance teachers and choreographers at Metro Dance teach students of all ages and skill levels the steps to popular dance styles, ranging from hip-hop and breakdancing to classic ballet, jazz, and tap dance. Students learn dance basics and new moves while having fun in a laid-back group setting.