Attendees of Londance Studios' lessons have seen some of the instructors before, and not just on the studio's brightly lit hardwood floors or in the mirrors that line the walls. Instructor Shirley Ballas lit up TV screens on Dancing with the Stars, and Tony Meredith did the same on So You Think You Can Dance. For more than 25 years, seasoned performers such as Shirley and Tony have spread the joy of kinetic expression at Londance. Two or three classes are held each day, in styles as varied as ballroom, salsa, and swing. Weekly studio parties enable dancers to show off their moves or scrutinize the mirrors to catch any vampires brushing up on the waltz they originally learned in 1790s Vienna.
According to a profile in South Coast Magazine , Dancesport owner Matt Gregory began dancing at age 19, a relatively late start compared to most professional dancers, who often start three weeks before they're born. He and the rest of the Dancesport instructors share nearly 100 years of combined experience with their students inside a more than 3,000-square-foot ballroom. Specializing in private, one-on-one classes, these teachers and coaches–championship dancers brought on board to conduct special classes–teach tango, west coast swing, and foxtrot, among other dance styles.
Their class schedule is supplemented with group courses, wedding-prep training, and events such as parties, shows, and the philanthropic Dancing for a Cause, which was chronicled by the Orange County Register.
MVDPAC has strutted its way to the top of numerous competitions, including first place in the 2009 CityVoter OC Hotlist for best dance studio. Under the limber guidance of decorated instructors, both novice and seasoned can shakers choose from the list of one-hour daily drop-in classes, where twinkle-toes light up floors with sparks rivaled only by Christmas trees that have fallen in the fireplace. Once inside the spacious studio, bodies bound across seven sprawling rooms and a studio theater. Students can elongate into states of grace through a selection of ballet courses, animate their legs and develop rhythm in the hip-hop courses, or practice freeform toe tapping and scatting the Greek alphabet through the jazz classes.
Helmed by the passionate and experienced duo Stacey Craven and Christina Jondie, Smoke and Mirrors Fitness’s fleet of enthusiastic female instructors helps ladies to sculpt lean, muscular bodies while boosting self-esteem in empowering pole-fitness classes. Accommodating gals of all fitness and experience levels, they introduce newcomers to the weightless art of vertical gymnastics with beginner classes and help more advanced shimmiers to master complex tricks, inversions, transitions, and flips.
As guests stretch and climb on the collection of sleek silver poles, they tone upper-body muscles and increase flexibility, helping them to fit more comfortably inside large birthday cakes. Other classes such as chair dancing, yoga, and Tahitian dance let exercisers express themselves through sensual and centering maneuvers.