Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
Aquarius Ballroom Dance Studios was established in 2013. Since then, their talented instructors have helped people of all levels glide their ways across the dance floor. Although a lifetime of formal training compels Aquarius Ballroom Dance Studios' instructors to keep classes structured and posture perfect, they place equal weight on fun. Channeling energetic beats and lighthearted vibes, instructors parse the steps of styles from salsa and Argentine tango to foxtrots and West Coast swing. They follow the established syllabi of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and Dance Vision International Dance Association.
Since 1968, lovers of dance as young as 2 have twirled and sashayed their way through classes at Morita's School of Dance. Instructors teach tap, ballet, jazz, musical theater, ballroom, swing, hip-hop, and contemporary moves in a group setting, and offer private lessons for those who want one-on-one attention. Other athletic-geared classes include TRX, tumbling, yoga, and Zumba. The instructors can also devise customized choreography for a couple’s wedding reception or a kid’s first Communion.
Strength. Grace. Flexibility. These are words most often associated with ballet, but they can also be seamlessly applied to the art of pole dancing. At the Best Shape of Your Life private studio, instructors whip ladies of all sizes into shape through body-toning and confidence-enhancing pole-dancing techniques. As students shimmy up poles and perform aerial tricks, they work toward slimmer physiques, toned muscles, and increased flexibility. When not conducting classes, the staff opens their studio for private parties, bridal parties, and tightly knit juries, allowing friends to gather over drinks and pole-dancing instruction.
Intensity Fitness Dance Studio?s owner Vickkie Parent turned to Zumba after the tediousness of regular gym workouts started to bore her. At her studio, she helps her students avoid these types of plateaus with classes?such as dance-inspired Zumba or Piyo Strength?that mask a workout behind a fun activity. All of the classes that she and her fellow instructors teach can be modified to challenge veterans or ease first-timers into exercise.
Quick, quick, slow. Quick, quick, slow. It seems that every dance lesson starts the same way. Students are told, "These are the steps," "Move to the beat," and "Never breakdance on wet cement." But unwilling to settle for the minimum, Seacoast Ballroom helps dancers see beyond getting their feet to move in the right direction. Its founder, Frederick Dunn, strives to inject dancers with grace and musical expression to help them feel dance for what it is?an art form. Its classes range in difficulty from beginner to competition level, and cover a variety of ballroom styles. Solo dancers or couples can strut through a tango, shimmy their hips in salsa, or effuse elegance through the Viennese waltz.