An offshoot of a Peruvian dance spot, DK Studio Miami brings Timba Cubana?style salsa dancing stateside. The instructors have 15 years of dance experience, and have trained with dance masters in Cuba and around the world, learning firsthand about the dance and the culture surrounding it. While learning the basics of Timba Cubana, participants will incorporate aspects of the cha-cha and rumba as well.
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.
Since age 7, Vika Stansky-Hernandez has two-stepped through a number of dance styles, ballet and hip-hop among them. For the last seven years, however, she's focused her efforts on Afro-Brazilian styles, particularly capoeira. After living in Brazil and training under legendary dancer Mestre Mariano Silva, Vika has brought her passion for Brazilian moves stateside.
Through Afro-Brazilian Dance, she teaches the steps of northeast Brazil, incorporating styles such as Afro-contemporary and samba-reggae. Designed for students of all experience levels, her high-energy sessions ensure movement from all body parts, including ears that otherwise refuse to flap.