Bruce and Rebecca Abas have danced around the world, studying tango in Argentina, perfecting salsa moves in Cuba, and mastering swing steps throughout the United States. They bring their lifetime of training, teaching, and professional choreography experience to Four Seasons Dance Studio, where they work alongside a staff of seasoned and passionate dance instructors. Atop the hardwood floors of their spacious studio, the expert dancers lead group classes and private lessons in ballroom, Latin, tango, and swing styles. On the first weekend of the month, they host a dance party, where guests can showoff their newfound moves in front of fellow students.
In addition to group and private lessons, they specialize in wedding dance instruction, guiding couples through a choreographed swing dance set to their best-loved pop song or a formal waltz set to their favorite Grey Poupon jingle. The instructors also lead a variety of fitness-focused sessions, including Pilates and dance workouts inspired by Bollywood numbers.
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The sage-like instructors at Social Dance Studio transform two-step tyros into graceful swans with a jellybean jar of dance classes, ranging from Argentine tango and salsa to hip-hop. Strut your stuff in a beginners' bachata class, a hip-popping Dominican dance characterized by a four-step beat, allowing students to master the basic footwork and traveling turns without resorting to excessively detailed blueprints. Hip-hop-salsa fusion pours hot sauce on bland dance routines with body rolls, chest pops, and novel choreography. Become a ball-belle via Social Dance Studio’s American-style ballroom-dance classes, which come chock full of waltz, foxtrot, and country two-step moves guaranteed to melt the icy hearts of headmistresses the world over.
Little did Arthur Murray know when he opened the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in 1912 that it would play an integral part in history. It was a dance studio that helped revolutionize direct mail advertising and led Murray to be the first person in the world to broadcast live dance music on the radio. By the 1930s, he had his instructors teaching new dances including “The Big Apple,” followed by the “Teeny Banana” on first-class steamship cruises. His instructors moved from steamships to big screens, teaching actors dance moves and starring in such films as Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever. By then, the studio had inspired the hit song “Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry” by Betty Hutton and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Today, the studio’s name appears on the pages of Vogue, Martha Stewart Wedding, and Sports Illustrated.
Aside from remaining a presence in media and cities around the world, the Arthur Murray Dance Studio gets feet moving by teaching popular dances that include the cha-cha, fox trot, salsa, samba, and swing. The studio instructs on a variety of dances that help people look cool at bar mitzvahs, nightclubs, crosswalks, and anywhere dance is popular.:m]]
Running on a treadmill and blasting through the same reps over and over again can become monotonous. But at Knockout Bodies, the enthusiastic instructors focus on making working out fun. They help gals of all fitness levels chisel rock-solid bodies in alternative fitness classes, which range from pole dancing to kickboxing to Zumba. In pole-fitness classes, they help ladies develop core and upper-body strength as they sensually twist and turn around poles. They also lead high-energy kickboxing classes that motivate students to tone muscles as they learn basic self-defense moves to take down assailants or large stuffed animals that look like assailants without the lights on. Students burn copious calories in Zumba classes, which set easy-to-follow aerobic dance moves to infectious Latin-inspired tunes. When not leading empowering classes, the instructors open the studio for parties to celebrate birthdays or bachelorette festivities.
Champion Ballroom is the brainchild of twinkly-toed owners Robert and Jennifer Foster, who, over their illustrious 25-year career, have garnered three U.S. ballroom dance titles and enraptured audiences internationally on NBC, ESPN, and PBS. Accompanied by their daughter Caitlin, the duo cycles through private and group dance lessons in ballroom, Latin, salsa, swing, and tango techniques for both competitive and casual events. The studio’s free consultations work to ascertain students’ goals while introducing them to the instructors’ individual teaching styles, which, unlike most dance studios, do not incorporate weirdly aggressive games of Twister. Special guests often lead one-night-only workshops atop Champion’s 40'x80' dance floor, and live performances from local bands allow hoofers to put new steps to the test without having to provoke local dance crews into impromptu competitions.