You may sweat when in the Hot Seat at Pretty Lady Pole Fit, but you'll be doing anything but sitting still. That's because the Hot Seat workout class combines jazz, hip-hop, and ballet dance moves that students perform behind, in front of, and even on top of a chair. This is just one of several adrenaline-boosting classes that add sultry twists to fitness routines. All the while, the instructors work to instill self esteem and confidence in women of all ages and body types.
At the head of the staff is Arminta Crosby, who exemplifies the venue's balance between strength and beauty. She is a certified personal trainer, a pole-dancer, a model, and even a competitive football player. Arminta and her team of specialists lead classes ranging from beginner's pole-dancing to Zumba and hip-hop aerobics, as well as private in-studio or mobile parties that guide guests through styles such as belly-dance, chair dance, or strip tease.
Since opening Dance Factory in 1976, Dennis Schroeder and his staff of instructors have taught more than 500,000 people how to cut a rug across the studio’s spacious, 3,500-square-foot cushioned ballroom floor. Many of the instructors are competitive dancers, and they use their expertise to teach a full range of traditional dance styles, including the bossa nova, tango, and samba. During both group and private lessons, they teach students of all levels how to perform in social settings—a skill they can flaunt at board meetings or during holiday balls and weekend dances. The staff also coaches bridal parties, and leads four-hour weekend workshops to delve into more complicated dance techniques.
BalletNova's instructors jeté, pirouette, and shuffle into their teaching studios from backgrounds that include Le Ballet Classique de Montreal, the stages of the International Dance Festival, and the Israeli Ballet Company. Held six days a week, their friendly but challenging classes placed second in Washington City Paper's Best Dance Class 2010 Readers' Poll. Sessions span a wide range of terpsichorean territory, from classic ballet that follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus to hip-hop and tap to conditioning classes that grab techniques from Pilates, yoga, and aerobics. More than 650 casual and preprofessional movement enthusiasts build their skills in a 20,800-square-foot facility with two 864-square-foot studios, four larger studios, and a 20-cubic-foot studio for hiding out when the rhythm is going to get you. :m]]
From the sprung hardwood floors to the 19-foot ceilings, every inch of Forever Dancing's spacious studio is dedicated to dance. At any given time, you might see aerial artists suspended from the ceiling by colorful silks or brightly dressed flamenco dancers whirling across the floor. On any given day, dancers work nimble moves to routines encompassing waltz, tango, foxtrot, rumba, cha-cha, swing, salsa, and Argentine tango. The studio hosts classes for adults and children, along with fun-filled kids' camps, in which tykes can learn acrobatic tricks and get creative with hands-on arts and crafts.
Since 1976 Joy of Motion Dance Center, a nonprofit arts organization, has strapped on its ballet flats to kick down the doors that traditionally bar people from learning dance. Since then, it’s won two Mayor’s Arts Awards, one for Excellence in Service to the Arts, and the other for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education. In 10 studio spaces across three different locations, instructors teach adult and youth programs, and lead an outreach initiative that gives disadvantaged kids the chance to learn dance with free classes or merit-based scholarships. Additionally, the center holds performances and showcases where students and patrons get a taste of professional performance without having to become zombies.
Pole Pressure owner Jessalynn Medairy is an international pole-dancing performer, judge, and teacher. In 2010, she placed fourth in the US Pole Dancing Championship, she has appeared numerous times in Pole2Pole magazine, and she often performs for NATO. With these credentials, Jessalynn heads a team of certified pole-fitness instructors as they teach students the art of pole fitness in a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes. The instructors keep classes small to give students the one-on-one attention they need to master the sultry and muscle-toning spins, twirls, and climbs.