Shundo Dance Studio's crackerjack rug cutters, celebrating more than 25 years teaching choreographed struts, transform pairs of left feet into Astaire-esque hooves of rhythm and grace during group lessons. The Foxtrot, Rumba, and Waltz sessions invoke a simpler time when men wore hats and women hunted wooly mammoths, and the Swing class allows for more modern and flashier moves, such as the Lindy Hop and Charleston. Or add a little Latin flair to evenings by learning how to hip swivel through Salsa, Cha Cha, Samba, and Bachata gambols. Class sizes average between 15 and 20 humans to ensure that everyone gets the personal attention they need while providing enough of a crowd to hide missteps and spasmodic break dances.
Professional dancer Patchica McCoy of Rhythmic Moves Dance Studio melts waistlines in Zumba dance classes and perfects the moves of dancers age 3 and up in a variety of dance disciplines. Zumba classes use Latin and global beats to inspire dance workouts, achieving energy levels vast enough to shimmy a dwarf planet off its axis. Zumba is offered evenings at Rhythmic Moves, with many calorie-burning sessions to choose from weekly.
A member of the Zumba Instructor Network, Rock That Body Fitness hosts dance-based aerobics classes designed to tone bodies and bolster self-confidence. Trainees rediscover their inner divas while performing Vegas-showgirl dance routines and Latin-inspired Zumba. Like a formal dinner at the local fun house, each class takes place in the middle of an open, hardwood floor flanked by tall mirrors and festively painted walls.
Local and international belly-dance experiences in traditional and modern styles inform the instructors at World Fusions Dance Studio, where they teach a variety of classes. Surrounded by a multiplicity of bright colors, they lead students in meditation, yoga, and belly-dancing classes. Afterwards, guests can retreat to the Studio's Gypsy Tea Room, which hosts a menu of tea, coffee, and snacks.
After learning the basic steps of latin dances such as salsa, bachata, mambo, and cha-cha, students at Timba Dance & Fitness get to work burning up to 800 calories in an hour. Set to upbeat music, group classes are designed to be fun and engaging, like the instructions for the IRS's 1040-EZ tax form. Students can also work toward become certified instructors.