As a dancer and instructor, Tiffany Enger has pirouetted through world-renowned institutions such as Steps, The Broadway Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet School. Today, at Just Dance Academy, she and her staff of dance professionals help ignite passion for the art form in children as young as 3 years old. Though their classes build strong foundations in ballet, hip-hop, and other styles, benefits extend beyond just technical dance skills. The instructors strive to help each pupil become comfortable with self-expression and creativity during recitals and state-mandated flash mobs as well as auditions for the studio's competition teams.
SwimKids jumpstarts tykes' swimming strokes and socialization skills in classes conducted in a pool heated to a balmy 90 degrees. The program traces its roots back to 1983, when Liz Walker sought out a class that could teach her own 18-month-old daughter to swim. Her search led her to a local swimming pool where tykes as young as 10 months were impressively proficient in the water. Liz studied their method and began teaching on her own, a profession she has continued to pursue for the past 30 years. Today, the enthusiastic instructors at SwimKids continue to get results, helping develop pool-ready skills in kids as young as 3 months old.
The three founders of Scariff Hardiman School of Irish Dance, Stephen Scariff, Alan Scariff, and Kieran Hardiman bring the vibrant footwork and Celtic rhythms of the Emerald Isle’s most recognizable dances to the eager feet of local students. Each instructor comes to class backed by years of performance experience—Alan makes use of the eight years he spent touring with Riverdance, and Stephen draws on insights gained while co-creating and choreographing Irish Dance Invasion, an international hit that introduced the world to the military advantages of red hair. Each man also bears the blessing of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, the world’s authority on Irish dance authenticity since the 1930s.
The dress code of each fitness class at Onyx tells a lot about the curriculum: the shorter the shorts, the better in the pole fitness classes, as contact between the bare skin and the pole helps keeps students in gravity-defying inversion. Meanwhile, it’s better to wear long pants for the aerial fitness classes—you can avoid rope burn this way while climbing the silks that hang in the spacious aerial studio. These two types of classes make up the majority of Onyx Pole and Aerial Fitness Studio’s classes, and though the classes are fun, the instructors take the fitness aspect seriously, too. To that end, they offer boot camp, bodyrock, and core pole classes to help students achieve their overall fitness goals.
Darla Davis can fly. Suspended from long, flowing silks, she tumbles through the air with grace and elegance, creating movement that's athletically and aesthetically impressive at the same time. An experienced performer, she has honed her skills on the aerial silks with guidance from some of the same trainers who work with Cirque du Soleil. When she's not performing, Davis introduces others to the world of aerial acrobatics, teaching children and adults challenging and exhilarating moves. Classes at her sunny studio include hand/body balance and aerial yoga.
Utah Salsa's instructors orchestrate explosive Latin dance events in Salt Lake City, ranging from classes to heated competitions to salsa dance nights, which are backed by live beats. Weekly salsa classes introduce newcomers to the fleet-footed art and provide longtimers a venue to showcase their moves. For those with a bit of experience underfoot, the biweekly bachata sessions elucidate the scandalously intimate dance, which is most commonly performed during corporate icebreakers. The enthusiastic instructors throw salsa parties, complete with live bands and catering, on a regular basis, and are the organizers and judges behind some of the area’s top competitions, including the Utah Salsa Championship, the Jack & Jill Latin Cup, and the Utah King and Queen of Bachata contest.