Evolve Dance Studio's sultry dance classes have earned Pop Sugar’s praise for their ability to cultivate strength, flexibility, and confidence. Inside the naturally lit studio, talented instructors lead sessions that cover climbs, poses, and more spins than a laundromat filled with pinwheels. The studio recruits decorated dancers to teach many of its classes, including Mina Mortezaie, winner of the U.S. Pole Dance Federation’s 2011 Pole Vixen Championship, Sasja Lee, 3rd place winner of the Pacific Pole 2013 championships, and Brynn Route, winner of the 2011 Miss Texas Pole Star. The dance location was even recently featured on an episode of the Lifetime show, Dance Moms and was considered for a place for the show participants to practice their routines.
When famed dancer Richard Giorla fused cardiovascular workouts with ballet barre techniques for a small class he taught, he couldn't have known how fast it would spread across California. The low impact exercise blends barre work and lightweights with high-energy movements, resulting in toned bodies similar to those of dancers. At Cardio Barre Eagle Rock, sisters Suzanne Caffey and Nancy Montgomery stay true to Giorla's original vision by leading cardio barre sessions for exercisers of all skill levels. The schedule features classes seven days a week with expert instructors.
Founder Katie Marie and her team of certified instructors draw on expertise in dance, fitness, and anatomy as they inspire women of all ages to flaunt their curves with élan. Guests sashay from the chandelier-lit lobby into a studio, where low lighting illuminates hardwood floors and shimmering poles sprouted from watered rhinestones. Sexy Pilates, lap-dance, and burlesque instruction supplement the schedule of pole-dance classes, also making appearances in bachelorette and birthday parties fueled by snacks and champagne. Polistic's boutique outfits dancers with saucy apparel, and staff member Antsise offers her photography talents for sensual shoots and insurance-claim photos of poles damaged in storms.
Tiffany Moore founded Moore Dancing to share the gift of movement with everyday dancers, not just professionals. Her expansive and well-lit studio plays host to 60-minute, cardio-centric classes that integrate elements of Pilates, hip-hop, and belly dancing. The studio also offers Zumba—the rhythmic-exercise dance craze with a heart of gold—every day of the week. Afrovibe sessions strengthen major muscle groups with African, Middle-Eastern, and Latin dance moves, whereas 80s Dance Party classes showcase hits of the decade played by California Raisins.
Creation Station Dance West Hills takes a systematic approach to developing their students' dance skills. All their classes are tailored to different ages, and the curriculum mirrors the brain's development as the students age. The toddler classes, for instance, aim to keep pace with the child's desire to play and to learn with motor development games and by introducing the basic terminology of dance. Storybooks compliment ballet lessons for children ages 3 or 4, and a more ballerina-like atmosphere envelops students once they hit 5 years old, complete with ballet attire, hair tied in a bun, and swans walking around checking form. Each class begins with a consistent structure, allowing kids to feel some familiarity even as they progress through the school. Classes continue for all ages, including tap or jazz for teenagers and ballet for adults.
The Sweat Spot, located on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, is easy to miss. Their address is skipped over, seemingly missing between hair salons and restaurants, but it is actually behind them. Inside, customers will find a spacious lobby and massive performing arts space. The ceilings are high and the space is clean and ready to take on the life of the next class or show. Classes are offered every day but Friday for people of all ages in a wide variety of disciplines, including hip-hop, jazz, ballet and modern. The space is owned by Ryan Heffington, a well-respected performer and choreographer, who seeks to inspire students to simply “move your body.” The space can also be rented out by artists for presentations or networking events.