Heirloom's unlimited monthly pass provides aspiring toe-tappers with access to any of its 10 weekly dance classes and five nights of open ballroom dance. The hour-long lessons can be taken as often as necessary to polish and perfect moves. Rather than rioting, zoot-suit wearers can peacefully demonstrate during Tuesday's Swing Night, beginning at 7 p.m. with a lindy-hop lesson, with Charleston and blues lessons following on the hour. Wednesday night is Latin Night, with sultry steppers learning salsa, bachata, and Columbian cumbia. Thursday sees the uncanny yet danceable pairing of hip-hop (7 p.m.) and Argentine tango (8 p.m.), before dissolving into a passionate, bandoneón-fueled dance-a-thon. On Saturday, whisk your dancing shoes away to a rockabilly-tinged West Coast swing class, and cruise the subsequent sock-hop for a side-stepping showdown with Brad from HR. Dance partners are not required.
Moving to the mantra, “Where performance comes from within,” Urban Beat Dancers molds students of all ages into confident, sure-footed individuals. The facility begins a new four-week program at the beginning of each month, with two classes per week tiered into five different age groups. During those classes, instructors teach a blended mix of jazz and hip-hop, making sure to squeeze in important life skills during sessions for younger students.
Ophidia Dance transforms women's bodies into living works of art during dance fitness classes held in a safe, judgement-free environment. Twerk'n Hip Hop builds up a sweat with a powerful beat, and Ballet Booty Barre combines grace and energetic motion. Pole Dance classes, meanwhile, teaches students how to workout with sensual moves and the ability to laugh in the face of gravity.
From the crowd, sweat-slicked hands wave in the air, their bodies dancing to the thunderous beats of a nearby sound system. But this isn’t a rap battle or a rock concert—it’s a fitness fiesta packed with international music and Latin-inspired dance moves. Known as Zumba, this phenomenon swept the nation starting in 2001, after Colombian-born fitness instructor Beto Perez began setting aerobics to salsa and merengue tunes rather than live performances of whalesong. Today, more than 12 million exercisers have tried the workouts, which torch calories, melt stress, and boost energy levels. At Boise Racquet & Swim Club, AFAA-certified instructors lead regular classes, augmenting regular Zumba workouts with a second discipline known as Sentao, which incorporates a chair to offer targeted resistance training and sculpt bodies until they sprout two new legs on their own.
Like many dancers, Echo Waldron-Noble discovered her passion in her youth, and has spent a lifetime perfecting her art with professional troupes such as the Idaho Dance Theatre, Ballet West, and the Off Center Dance Project. When not busy wowing audiences on stage, she honed her teaching skills as an adjunct faculty member of dance at Boise State University. Inspired to share her love of the art and build a lasting appreciation for it in her community, she opened the Echo School of Dance in 2011.
Inside the modern studio, Echo and her teachers educate children and adults with tiered classes that group peers by expertise level, helping students focus on basic or advanced techniques that are both challenging and fun. Classes regularly culminate in performances by students, including a holiday program, full spring recital, and regular flash mobs at local weddings.
At Inner Diva, ladies learn to tone, love, and flaunt their body in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment. Instructors target thighs, abs, and arms with free flowing aerobic dance classes, and shout out instructions and encouragements during lively Zumba dance parties.