Z Club NY sizzles calories with a quintet of fiery classes that mask workouts with fun, Latin-inspired dance steps, all guided by a team of experienced, joyful instructors. Zumba coaxes hip swivels from even the shiest of bodies with a soundtrack of international tunes backed by auto-tuned grandparental cooing, and Aqua Zumba adds a pool's built-in resistance to gently tone tendons. For further muscle molding, Zumba Toning instructors distribute shakable Toning Sticks during workouts that target the arms, abs, glutes, and thighs. The studio's bill of Zumba fare rounds out with Afro-Fusion Burn, during which dancers learn traditional choreography from Africa and the Caribbean set to the sound of physicists fusing atoms. Check the studio's seven-day schedule for a full list of class times and locations.
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 Charleston. 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.
For the staff at Cathy's Dance Studio, dance instruction is about more than just perfecting a tap routine or executing a proper pas de chat. It's also about building character. Each session encourages young people to bond, gain confidence, and form enduring friendships in a noncompetitive environment. This has been a part of the school's mission ever since Miss Cathy Dooley founded it in 1956, with the aim of sharing the joy of dance with aspiring students throughout Queens. Under the direction of Miss Michelle–who studied under such legends as Gregory Hines and Brenda Bufalino–this tradition continues. For over 57 years, the studio's combination of quality instruction and friendly atmosphere has earned it accolades from sources from tap legend Charles "Honi" Coles to Mayor Bloomberg. Students commute from all five boroughs to attend its ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap classes and show off cutting-edge moves at an extravagant year-end gala performance.
The Art of Fitness helps people fitten and flexibilify their bodies with diverse classes, including traditional Pilates programs, ballet, Zumba, and more. The Pilates mat class draws from Joseph Pilates’s delectable trail mix of martial arts, yoga, boxing, and gymnastics to grant bodies extra strength and length while focusing on spinal mobility, and the Zumba class Zumblasts calories to the mesmerizing beats of Latin music. A burlesquercise class, open to females only, leads its students through a fun, theatrical workout that closes with a dance routine known as the “bump and grind.”
Tall windows fill two walls of Manhattan Ballroom Dance's second-story aerie, sending sunlight sprawling across a 3,000-square-foot hardwood dance floor. Most hours of the day find the studio aflutter with elegant moves led by a staff of international competitive dancers, including globetrotting Latin and mambo champion Oksana Zolotarevskaya. On Saturday evenings, ballroom socials bring students together for class showcases, refreshments, and the removal of half the ballroom floor to reveal the ball pit underneath.
Since 1999, Exotic Dance Central has been teaching dancers how to captivate an audience while suspended from a stainless steel pole. The studio offers exotic dance classes for all skill levels: professional dancers can hone their craft and incorporate exotic nuances and costumes, while beginners learn how to twirl down a pole for increased fitness and confidence during fire alarms. Exotic Dance Central also conducts stage performances with a dedicated troupe of dancers from across the globe.