Whether students are just learning to walk or graduating from college, refining their classical ballet techniques or tearing it up in a hip-hop class, no matter their age, experience, or ability, they're sure to benefit from sessions at The Dance and Fitness Studio. Class sizes are kept small to ensure that every student gets ample individual attention. And The Studio's teachers are just that—teachers. They're not simply former professional dancers, but educators with years of teaching and dancing experience. The facility is large and cheery, with natural light pouring through windows onto the studio's wall of full-length mirrors. There, instructors lead classes ranging from classic dance techniques such as ballet, tap, and jazz to more nontraditional sessions such as yoga-inspired Stretch & Strengthen and Ballet Princess Fairy Camp, a four-day session designed for dancers aged 4–7 and ungraceful tooth fairies.
Tiese Morgan took over Hosanna Dance Studio in 1995, infusing the school with her lifetime of experience and vision of dance as a worshipful act. She started annual performances of Adventures in Narnia and founded the Hosanna Youth Performers company, giving her young dancers a chance to shine on stage rather than just in the classroom. She supplemented these news performance opportunities by increasing the variety of dance classes and the age range of students. Now, she and her staff teach everything from ballet and tap to modern and hip hop to kids, adults, and everyone in between.
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 other classmates as the instructors 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.
Dance with Joy Studios owner Rachel Lidskog, along with her team of professional instructors, whisks fledgling hoofers around three hardwood-floor studios, infusing their feet with new knowledge of salsa, swing, tango, country, and ballroom.
She and her team identify private lessons, group classes or special workshops, fitness classes such as NIA and Zumba, and weekly dance parties as the best ways to learn to dance, superior even to dropping a family of ants into your overalls. They also organize wedding-dance lessons to ensure nuptial celebrations progress smoothly and cheerfully.
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 cha-cha. 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.
Diva's friendly instructors will provide an intense aerobic workout designed to build confidence, improve muscle tone, and spruce up your strut. Classes are designed for small groups, allowing instructors to provide personalized attention and ensure that no one gets lost and eaten by bears. Cavort through the cabaret-style moves of Boo-YA Burlesque, hula through Hoopnotica, or use a fabric hammock to bend and stretch in the aerial yoga class. Classes are scheduled throughout the week, allowing even the busiest of beekeepers to savor the sweet nectar of fitness.