The passionate instructors at Magic 'N Motion Studio inspire and equip students of all ages and skill levels to glide through an array of dance styles. Ballet classes, which typically run 60–75 minutes long, lead dancers through fluid movements, helping bodies to build strength, coordination, and balance. Ballet also equips students with a sturdy foundation for diving into all other dance disciplines. Dancers can expend excess energy reserves otherwise wasted on model-airplane assembly via 45- to 60-minute jazz classes, which foster coordination and flexibility, or 45- to 60-minute hip-hop classes, ripe with fast-paced, spirited moves. Peruse the full schedule here.
The experienced instructors at Kids Etc’s Youth Movement Company introduce tiny two-steppers to the art of dancing with a series of full-day camps designed to teach and entertain. In studios spacious enough to house a 20-foot nutcracker’s tutu, campers sample a bevy of dance styles, including jazz, ballet, and freestyle hokey pokey under the guidance of pirouetting pedagogues and atop raised Marley floors. Arts-and-crafts activities punctuate rhythmic movement sessions, giving neglected hands a chance to shine and allowing feet the opportunity to recuperate after cutting countless rugs into the shape of Fred Astaire’s face. Each session culminates with an end-of-week performance wherein parents can watch their whippersnappers light up the stage and show off their own routine of clapping and videotaping while waving like an encouraging flag. As lunch and snacks are not provided, children must bring along their own comestibles to keep tummies from growling out opposing choreography during class.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.