J.R. practically started dancing as soon as she learned to walk, and began teaching dance when she was 14. Some say her love of dance is infectious, and with that passion it wasn't long until she had her own studio, with another location opening soon in Corona Del Mar. Today, she teaches students ages 4 to adults a variety of dance styles for performance and competition. Whether customers are trying to have fun or advance to the professional level, they all have the opportunity to perform at specials events or venues, such as LA Clippers games. Through these performances and their private studio, Solid Dance Crew aims to provide a Hollywood-like experience.
For more than 25 years, seasoned performers have spread the joy of kinetic expression at Londance. Fluent in the art of "social dancing", the twelve qualified instructors on staff are competing professionals who invigorate each class with fun and energy. Two or three classes are held each day, in styles as varied as ballroom, salsa, and swing, and can be used for weddings, events, or just to get in to shape. 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.
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.
Now in its 32nd year, Pacific Ballet Conservatory teaches the art of rhythm and poise inside four modern studios. Its highly trained instructors?whose international credentials stem from such centers as the Joffrey Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet?mentor both children and adults with an unflagging focus on personal development. Evaluations at six-month intervals gauge every student's progress in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary styles. Pupils can also showcase their talents during the Spring Performance Series, which emulates professional theater productions with special effects and Muppet-filled box seats. Many dancers do indeed progress to the spotlight after their schooling, performing onstage at the San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and even Disneyland.
The rumba, Argentine tango, waltz, and other ballroom dances are often absent from the dance floors at bars and clubs. To acquaint people with these classic dances, the staff at Sway Ballroom Dance stages complimentary private lessons for newcomers on their initial visit. The lessons, which boost dancers’ confidence and knowledge of basic movements, forerun any future group classes, dance parties, or dance-offs with bosses.
In 2003, the teaching staffs behind the Butler-Fearon and the O?Connor-Kennedy Schools realized something: though both academies nurtured the physical, mental, and competitive skills of scores of young Irish dancers, they could form a more robust program by combining forces. Once united, the team of Rose Fearon, Vincent O?Connor, and Kathleen O?Connor?each a certified Irish dance adjudicator?implemented a revised curriculum reaching students from both American coasts to the solid-ice skyscrapers of Ontario. Today, Butler-Fearon-O'Connor trains everyone from girls buckling their jig shoes for the first time to experienced adults, many of whom?such as 2011 world champion Emily Penner?have danced competitively at home or across the pond and landed spots on touring companies for shows such as Riverdance.
Focusing on perfecting traditional form and technique, classes are kept as small as possible, ensuring personalized attention from one of the school's 10 experienced, decorated instructors. Students also learn stamina, flexibility, and presentation, with an emphasis on avoiding motions that tend to draw judges' ire, such as clumsy arm placement and badgering the audience. Many locations also host more casual classes for adults and groups such as Girl Scout troops.