J. Powell Dance Studio director Jim Powell uses his Arthur Murray Studios world-champion-instructor status to teach an array of precise rug-cutting techniques. The studio’s myriad styles of social, ballroom, and Latin dance call to clients eager to unveil rhythmic prowess at their wedding, holiday party, or two-weeks-notice meeting. One 45-minute private lesson customizes instruction to suit twinkling toes of all luminosities. Two 45-minute semiprivate sessions expand the pool of students only slightly, with an average of three to five couples paired with a proportionate number of coaches. Whether it’s a waltz, swing, samba, or salsa, the laudable instructors don’t simply teach steps but also project partner communication and symbiosis, so two swaying essences merge, and, like weekend nights in Vegas, blur indistinguishably together.
Laura Bronk loves to dance—she's been at it since age 4—and her passion fueled her to work with master dance teachers. She opened Fancy Dancer Studio in 1997, and recruited a well-studied group of teachers to pass along their experience and love for the art form, just as her teachers did. Instructors include Mary Innes, who's skilled in working with young children, Zoe Bronk, who's a member of the Dance Masters of Wisconsin and teaches jazz, tap, and hip-hop, and Jennifer Kornowske, who began the Middle Eastern dance troup Navah Mirage. Fancy Dancer's classes are diverse as its teachers—one night can see both 3-year-olds dancing and singing along to goofy songs in Junior Tap and adult women tying on jangling hip belts and undulating in fast-paced belly-dance classes.
In 1947, on New York City's Park Avenue, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio—cofounded by the eponymous toe tapper himself—opened its doors to the public. More than six decades later, now boasting schools across North America, the dancing institution still adheres to the legendary Mr. Astaire's curriculum and instruction techniques.
Specializing in social ballroom and competitive dances, the schools' current consortium of professional instructors shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance lessons that span from classic ballroom and foxtrot romps to the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. In addition to classes, the studio hosts social practice parties where up to 40 students hone newly acquired rug-cutting capabilities. As foot-charming music blares from the speakers, instructors work to cultivate a lively social setting where each guest can dance, mingle, and surgically correct their second left foot without fear of embarrassment.
For the last eight years, the highly trained, experienced instructors Deborah and Eric Gillitzer have helped students of all skill levels turn woeful wiggles into sophisticated shimmies just in time for weddings, dance competitions, and Friday nights with the house to yourself. Offering classes for adults in a wide variety of popular styles, Dance on Air will help you realize your boogie ambitions and reach your fitness goals with grace. The July schedule sports month-long group classes in Zumba, Viennese waltz, beginning cha cha, tango, beginning swing, beginning rumba, and more. Each four-week class meets once a week for one hour, generally in the early evening or around lunchtime, adding savory spice to any unseasoned day planner.
The certified teachers at TC Dance Club International recognize that people dance for all kinds of reasons; accordingly, they structure different programs to meet the needs of everyone from casual dancers hoping to light up the dance floor at an upcoming party to perfectionists in the pursuit of lifelong grace. Their lessons incorporate a multitude of styles, including tango, merengue, foxtrot, and rain dances. On Friday nights, students can practice what they've learned in dance parties, which are set to premade mixes in a room with dimmed lights and an open bar.
Inspired by watching her sister turning and leaping in ballet class, Harley Atkinson began dancing at the age of 3. Throughout her life, she has gained a strong groundwork for dance, performing at the prestigious Makaroff School of Ballet and moving on to study contemporary and modern dance in college. Now a teacher at her own studio, she believes that everyone can learn to dance. She aims to free her students of their self-imposed limitations, motivating them to move their bodies to the music and gain confidence in their own styles. Following in a tradition she learned from her parents, Harley also offers reiki sessions for people who want to relax sans toe tapping.
The studio’s light and airy atmosphere contributes to the freedom of leaping as high as your body will allow. Upbeat music plays over the speaker system, a cushioned wooden floor prevents injuries, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors wrap around the walls to expose any tap-dancing shadow people.