Teena Marie was born into a dancing family. Her family owned Arthur Murray studios, and she took her first lesson at the age of 5. Just shy of her 18th birthday, Teena became a dance instructor. Now at the helm of her own studio—Ballroom in Motion—Teena and her staff of experienced instructors provide a relaxed and positive environment focused on fun and ease to better help clients step, twirl, and glide across floors. They offer lessons in a group or private setting, and host dance parties for people to show off their newly acquired skills.
Goins Dancing's experienced instructor Kathryn Goins coaches children and adults in varied shimmying styles, leading classes in ballet, tap, clogging, jazz, and hip-hop. Sessions for 2- to 5-year-olds are more freeform, whereas school-aged children focus on technique as well as dance as fun self-expression. Adults can hustle in hip-hop seminars that double as cardio workouts, and tap and clogging lessons impart the most proficient methods for disrupting earthworm book clubs. Goins Dancing's small class sizes ensure that students receive individual attention tailored to their needs as they perfect their rug-cutting skills.
At Gyrotonic Vista, stressful, body-damaging workouts are shunned in favor of nonimpact, muscle-toning exercise using the Gyrotonic Expansion System, a fitness method founded by Romanian ballet dancer, gymnast, swimmer, and yogi Juliu Horvath. Maxing out at 20 muscle-molders, Gyrokinesis classes employ fluid movements reminiscent of yoga to oxygenate the body, loosen the musculature, and increase flexibility. In an open, 1,600-square-foot studio, a master or certified trainer guides each session, beginning with a spinal warm-up atop a stool before moving to the floor for an ab, hip, and back unlocking. Over the course of roughly 100 relaxing yet sweat-inducing movements, joint health can improve, blood can flow more freely, and contortion contests against acrobats can be won more easily.