Beneath the purple-and-white-striped walls, ladies of all ages and fitness levels twirl around poles and sink seductively into chairs during The Perfect Poleforma’s alternative fitness classes. Instructors lead groups of up to 10 women through beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. The classes start with basic pole spins and leg-strength exercises and graduate to swinging upside down, hanging onto the pole with just the inner thighs, and climbing flagpoles to add stars as new states are discovered. They also conduct parties for bachelorettes and birthday girls, allowing groups of friends free rein of the ceiling-mounted poles.
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.
Nani Cusson switches gears from tango to swing as easily as she pivots on the floor. The certified dance instructor has mastered a library of styles, including the elegant steps of the waltz, the twirls of salsa, and the fluid dips of the foxtrot. When teaching, she coaches only one person or pair at a time—that way, she can adjust her guidance to suit their skill level, and not just resort to the one dance that everyone can do: the first fourth of the YMCA. Her tutelage therefore pushes clients toward specific goals, whether they hope to dance in competitions, learn a wedding routine, or simply carry themselves with confidence. Her studio welcomes students seven days a week by appointment, and she also leads group classes by request.
Muggivan School of Irish Dance owner and certified Irish-dance teacher Joni Muggivan tutored under the instruction of world-renowned dancer Paul Tinen and has since relayed her craft to aspiring prancers of the traditional Irish dance. Put up your foot dukes in Muggivan's Intro to Irish Dance classes, offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. Cut a languid rug with the Slow Jig step, or high-kick your way to Ireland with the Hornpipe step. Joni's pupils are trained in competitive-style Irish dancing so that they may go on to represent Louisiana on the local or international stage. Past Muggivan disciplines have performed at the Irish Channel's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and on Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
Though his rhythmic past runs through hip-hop and breaking culture, Derik Dollis broke ground on Liquid Rhythm Inc. after seeing how seamlessly club styles meshed with the ballroom art of salsa. Dollis and a quintet of additional instructors schooled in dance styles such as ballet and jazz use salsa's unmistakable rhythmic structure as a loose guideline, allowing students to break from the idea that they need to master tricks to succeed. Classes encourage dancers to develop a personal style while learning posture, isolations, and body movement in tandem with adding sensual flair and the least-prickly ways of holding a rose in your mouth. The company also totes its New Orleans pride across the country to perform at national salsa congresses.:m]]
City Park Movement and Art furnishes a space for children and adults to explore, refine, and celebrate their creativity in a supportive community environment. Movement offerings such as kids’ ballet and tap dance may jumpstart a creative journey towards an en pointe career, or add rhythm, syncopation, and finesse to a preexisting stomping habit. Adult hip-hop fusion classes weave elements of jazz, African dance, and hip-hop movement into an exuberant form of dance and self-expression, and Pilates with weights eases stiff bodies into loosened states of increased strength and flexibility. Kinetic energy also creeps into children's art classes, which infuse activities such as drawing and storytelling with fun yoga moves to create a creativity-fitness hybrid on par with cardio crocheting and kung-fu quilting.
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