Fleet-footed dance instructors Acenio and Lara will release the dance-floor cowboy within you through patience, clear instructions, and encouraging personal support. Even in a group setting, they pace each swish, dip, tap, and jig to the abilities of their clients. Both those accustomed to spinning their partners through the air and those born with two left feet and a tail that has toes are equally welcome. Learn the intimate, sassy swing of the Dominican merengue or the slower, more traditional elegance of the waltz. You can also bring your darts teammate along as a tango partner and entwine your passions in much the same way you accidentally entwined your braces with plastic six-pack rings. More than anything, though, you can have fun dancing and erasing all the self-consciousness that holds you back.
Dancers of all ages have been sashaying, pirouetting, and leaping through the studio at Dance Plus since 1987. Teachers lead classes for all ages and skill levels, from the 2.5-year-olds learning basic coordination in Creative Dance to the adults honing their skills in hip-hop, ballet, and lyrical classes. For those looking for a more fitness-based routine, the studio also offers Zumba classes, which secretly tone muscles by focusing clients on fun-filled dance routines fueled by Latin music. No matter what class students take, they're sure to get the individual attention they need to master the steps thanks to Dance Plus's commitment to intimate class sizes.
Dancers, black belts, and trained yoga gurus, the instructors at The Synergy Studios come from all walks of life. They each bring a different approach to overall wellness to the school. Classes take place in the historic Pearl brewery in studios with soaring cathedral ceilings and honey-hued hardwood floors.
Zumba sessions fill the room with the rumble of moving feet and quick breaths. Contented sighs drift out during meditation and yoga courses, which balance physical fitness and relaxation and help contribute to overall wellbeing. Some sessions are designed for particular groups, such as athletes, expecting mothers, and groups who always have to stick together because of what they saw in a mysterious cave.
Seven regional masters of illusion convene to baffle delighted audiences in the Maniacs of Magic show. Affable cut-up Roman Garcia, seen most Fridays on KENS 5’s Great Day SA, plays ringmaster to an eclectic cast of charmers and enchanters, each with a talent of pulling the wool over the naked eye. Alexander the Greatest regales the crowd with card-deck stratagems and his ability to pull coins out of the ears of George Washington quarters. Jonah Garcia translates his street tricks to the stage, and Doug Gorman performs parlor magic with mystical trinkets such as silver cups and carnival dice. Puppets spring to life in the hands of ventriloquist Joe Libby, and John O’Bryant, known by his maiden name, The Magic Dork, performs inspirational and educational trickery. Comedian Tim St. John splits sides with unscripted antics and has been recognized for his ability to escape a straitjacket while riding a unicycle. Concluding the mirthful marathon of mystery, slight-of-hand card mechanic Richard Turner, The Cheat, shows audiences how to get stalked by Vegas pit bosses.
The academy's roster of instructors dispenses private and group education on diverse instrumentation during their 30-minute one-on-one music lessons and 45-minute Kindermusik sessions. Euphonic apprentices can open up their epiglottises in voice lessons, strum away on guitars, or prepare to marshal their army of G.I. Joes by beating some drum skins. Lessons are also available on the piano, as well as band and orchestra instruments. All students except drum and piano pupils must supply their own instruments for use during lessons, where they will learn a curriculum geared to their individual goals and interests. The academy's extensive library of method books imparts the techniques to tackle any style of music and teaches students to read music so that they're able to interpret the plot lines of Mozart's romance novels.
Voted Austin's best dance studio in Best of Citysearch 2010, D'Ette & Co. Dancers staffs an experienced squad of instructors to help movers and shakers of all ages and experience levels learn the art of dance. With today’s deal, youngsters can pepper their feet with a mélange of tap, ballet, and tumbling instruction in seven once-weekly hour-long combination classes, helping them develop the self confidence and discipline they’ll need in today’s modern world of contentious dance-offs and tightly choreographed street fights. Click here to see the class schedules for each of the three locations. In the five-day summer camps, daily three-hour sessions combine dance lessons with fun camp activities such as story time and arts and crafts. Like NASA’s traditional Thursday-night house parties, the camp sessions have a different theme each week.
Why is the studio's schedule so packed with fitness-tinted dance classes? "Because sweating is fun," explains its slogan. Between yellow-green walls, professional dancers teach kids and adults how to cut rugs and stay fit at the same time. Classes like Zumba, Pilates-infused burlesque, and hip-hop dance classes let on-staff choreographers showcase skills they also employ for special events—customers commission them to polish their wedding and quinceañera dances.