Pole Kraze helps women of all skill levels turn up the heat through a variety of flirtatious fitness classes. Pole-dancing incorporates core-strengthening, muscle-toning, and balance and coordination exercises to create an intense cardio workout, all on a pole that handily pulls double-duty at limbo after-parties. Firm your curves as you curve your body around the pole with the choreography class, or sign up for Pole Tricks to get a lesson in head-turning spirals and strength-building climbs. For those seeking additional athletic offerings, selections such as Pole-ga combine Ashtanga yoga and pole-dancing to create tighter outsides while striving toward more peaceful innards.
Cathy Rowley, the owner of TVCD Performing Arts, has grown the school from modest classes in her garage to a 7,500-square-foot facility complete with five dance studios and a soundproof music room. In these classrooms, students can nurture their love of the performing arts with dance, music, and theater classes taught by professional artists. The dance program offers styles that include ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, and lyrical. The music department offers instruction in a variety of instruments, including piano, voice, percussion, classical guitar, and electric guitar, as well as classes that cover music theory. The theater program readies students to grace the stage with a wide variety of classes that include beginning and advanced acting, musical theater, improvisation, and acting for TV and film.
Though people come to Brickhouse Cardio Club for the heart-pumping workouts, they stay for the irresistible international rhythms. Zumba tends to have that effect, ensnaring exercisers with its Latin choreography and dance-party vibe. The floors at the Oceanside club pulse with 11 Zumba sessions every week, along with energetic Brickhouse Burn toning and sculpting classes and invigorating yoga sessions. The club also hosts Bokwa sessions, embracing the new workout system that finds students tracing the shapes of numbers and letters during dance-like sessions set to booty-shaking beats. Since its inception, Brickhouse has blossomed into a franchise, expanding into 25 locations with new sites recently opened in the United Kingdom, where it hopes to supplant aerobic chimney sweeping. No matter the location, each club hosts its signature workouts in pared-down studios with the franchise’s familiar electric-blue and neon-green walls surrounding a stage.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio's panel of experienced instructors earned the establishment an Orange County Register People's Choice award for Best Dance School in 2009 for their prowess at schooling students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Across six southern California studios, teams of highly trained teachers emphasize holistic dancing skills as opposed to specific steps, ensuring students leave lessons with a greater understanding of their chosen form. They offer more than 29 available dance styles, including the waltz, the rumba, polka, texas two-step, and the merengue. During private lessons, instructors have dancers pair off with a partner as they dole out individual tips and techniques, preparing students for the more communal group lessons. Burgeoning boogiers can also attend one of the themed practice parties to test out their growing repertoire of skills with fellow classmates. Each studio announces party themes and times on its online calendars in advance.
MVDPAC has strutted its way to the top of numerous competitions, including first place in the 2009 CityVoter OC Hotlist for best dance studio. Under the limber guidance of decorated instructors, both novice and seasoned can shakers choose from the list of one-hour daily drop-in classes, where twinkle-toes light up floors with sparks rivaled only by Christmas trees that have fallen in the fireplace. Once inside the spacious studio, bodies bound across seven sprawling rooms and a studio theater. Students can elongate into states of grace through a selection of ballet courses, animate their legs and develop rhythm in the hip-hop courses, or practice freeform toe tapping and scatting the Greek alphabet through the jazz classes.
At Embody Pole Fitness, shimmying and spinning does more than make for a good performance, it also inspires self-confidence. The studio’s certified instructors lead women through an eclectic series of classes that lift spirits while toning bodies. Pole dancing tightens cores with combo spins, inversions, flips, and rippling like a flag, while barre sessions blend fast-paced ballet positions with strength-training moves that lengthen muscles and improve flexibility and posture. Exercise-centric classes such as ChickFit keep the focus on fitness with routines designed by Navy SEAL instructors to keep muscles coordinated with a bombardment of high-intensity interval training and isolation movements.