The focus at OKC Swing Dance Club is on West Coast swing. The exceedingly social dance is made up of sweeping spins set to brassy, upbeat tunes. With roots in Los Angeles and some of the quirky aesthetic of rockabilly, it can be ideal for dancers of all ages and skill levels. Instructors also pass down techniques from other styles, such as salsa, country-western, and ballroom, and this can allow one to become the center of attention at a party without crying into a smashed piñata for hours. To help the staff, visiting dancers and teachers at the studio lead workshops on creative movement.
During each private 45-minute lesson, Dance Magic Studio's head fancy-footer, Nick Felix, and his nimble squad can teach mildly experienced and advanced movers traditional ballroom dancing, including samba, waltz and tango, and Latin and swing dancing—efficiently exorcising demons from proms past or failed devil dance-offs. Nick has choreographed dozens of television dance programs; taught his magical moves to stars such as Robert Duvall, Lee Majors, Frankie Avalon, Mickey Rooney, and Tess Harper; and recently had his journey featured in the documentary show Gallery on the OETA network. He'll happily plan lessons around your schedule, giving personal attention and custom tips to individuals or couples. Ten thousand square feet of floor space frees eager shufflers and shakers to liberate stiff legs and attempt complex maneuvers without accidentally stepping on any nearby feet or Bigfeet.
Students of all ages find themselves at home on Dance Makers's sprawling floating-hardwood floor, where certified instructors teach ballroom dances that range from swing and Latin styles to country and western. Twice a year, students can show off their dance chops in showcases held at the studio.
At Teaze Dance & Fitness, instructors draw from history to inform many of their classes—that's why you might see students channeling Bettie Page's famed burlesque twirls, or rehearsing disco moves on roller skates. During photo shoots, subjects drape themselves in feather boas and unfurl fans on antiquated furniture, emulating vintage pinups without enduring an old-timey cameraman's requests to smile and say "transcontinental railroad." Even the studio's performing troupe, the Oklahoma Showgirls, traverses time with their cancan, cabaret, and mod go-go routines. Just as they span the century with their titillating teachings, they welcome visitors of all ages and builds to participate, allaying anxiety with the fact that most of their students are beginners.
However, the staff embraces modern rhythms as well. They welcome guests to access their sultry side on 14 studio poles, where seven levels of pole-dance classes reveal techniques from basic spins to competition choreography. Their private parties entertain groups with empowering lessons on pole-, chair-, and lap-dances, and fitness options cover Pilates and barre workouts.
Though they have coached celebrities and worked with Broadway producers, the instructors at Elegance Ballroom appreciate that some people just want to cut loose on weekends. In beginner classes, they walk students through a curriculum of ballroom and Latin styles, laying the groundwork for steps such as the tango, foxtrot, rumba, and waltz. Private and group lessons prepare students for competition-level strutting or a casual night out. Regardless of the goal, instructors put guests at ease with encouraging attitudes, a selection of complimentary refreshments, and the solemn promise that they will never release wild wolverines into the studio to punish a missed step.
Apart from classes, staffers host regular practice parties where their protégés can socialize. They also rent out the Elegance Ballroom Event Center for special occasions, prepping food, drinks, and the dance floor to accommodate up to 500 guests.