Pole Fitness Studio owner and operator Fawnia Dietrich is a pioneer of modern pole-dancing fitness. She cut her teeth as a professional exotic dancer, learning the sultry art as she went along, like all the other dancers. She wondered why there wasn?t a place to learn these difficult moves and was motivated to start teaching. Soon after, she opened her own pole-dancing studio, something not common to the world of 1994, much like time-traveling hovercrafts. Fawnia has continued on as a force in the industry, producing the first instructional pole-dance video in 1998?followed by six more videos?and creating the pole-dance instructor-certification course. Thanks to her chiseled physique, she has also been featured in three spreads in Muscle & Fitness magazine.
She now leads a team of instructors in teaching a variety of flirty fitness styles, including burlesque, pole-, lap-, chair-, floor-, and dance classes. Each 55-minute class takes place in their spacious studio, where 17 poles stand ready to hold ladies aloft as they spin and practice complex inversions. An additional 11 poles can be found downstairs, should more space be necessary. Beyond the steamy dance classes, the instructors also helm more traditional fitness classes such as cardio kickboxing, salsa, yoga, ballet, go-go hip-hop and boot camp classes..
Astudia Dance World embraces all types of music—even kinds that haven't been written yet. Their Jam class trades order for on-the-spot creativity, encouraging students of any instrument to show up and practice the art of improvisation. It's a far cry from the more structured TRAC class (which stands for theory, reading, arranging, and composing), but both offerings celebrate creativity under the supervision of expert instructors.
Directed by Jane Maurer and William Blair, this team helps pupils of all ages explore the wide and varied world of music and dance. Their lessons cover classical styles such as jazz, tap, and ballet in addition to acrobatics, hip-hop, and musical theater, wherein every actor is required to carry a tuba. Meanwhile, instrument classes focus on the piano, guitar, or drums. All of these skills come together in recital performances, where parents can witness their children's progress and cheer them on.
Ballet Nevada's FIT classes in Zumba, ballet, jazz, tap, and strength and conditioning galvanize training twirlers and aerobic aces alike with elegant arabesques and prodigious boogying. Taught by a highly trained troupe of former soloists and choreographers, sweat-soaked, silhouette-sculpting FIT classes are offered in seven weekly sessions. FIT ballet classes are an ideal destination for miniature music-box ballerinas who have come unhinged from their moorings. Opt for the torso-chiseling core conditioning, or burst into elaborate musical routines at work using jazz or tap moves. Zumba classes, meanwhile, use dance to target specific muscle groups, backed by a pulsating soundtrack of actual pulses. Ballet Nevada uplifts aspiring Astaires with portable barres and nonskid Marley floors, and its scenic new studio overlooks the Sierras, enabling covert surveillance on the technique of pirouetting black bears.
Dancers aged 3 to adult show off tricky toes in jazz sessions, get limber during tumbling, or grow ever more graceful with lyrical dance. An onsite supply store appends each location, ready to outfit students with dance duds or a spare sense of rhythm. Danceworks' professional dancers and trained instructors specialize in teen/adult ballet, as well as jazz and lyrical.
Vertical Fitness's group belly-dancing classes provide an empowering workout, strengthening muscles and improving flexibility in a calming, spa-like studio, with bamboo floors and soft candle lighting. Instructor Wendy Scott fuses a background in Pilates and massage therapy with one-hour belly-dance-basics classes, teaching first timers introductory hypnotizing arts such as stretching, posture, and finger-cymbals work. More advanced torso-wigglers can try Christine Karnofsky's classic belly-dancing classes, which last 90 minutes and cover choreography, chaining together movements, and how to dance atop a photocopier.
With resum?s that list extensive travels from venue to venue, the instructors at The Pointe Dance Center embody Shakespeare's famous sentiment, "All the world's a stage." Owner Donna Frias has appeared on television and in famous venues?Madison Square Garden and the Civic Light Opera among them?as a member of Bella Lewitzky's dance company.
At their Las Vegas studio, professional instructors combine their experiences to spark a passion for dance in students of all age groups. They concentrate on the dual development of technique and confidence, leading classes in ballet, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, and acrobatic disciplines including gymnastics and cheer. They acclimate tiny legs to new rhythms with sessions for toddlers, and they also host Stretch, Turn & Leap seminars that help with general poise. By relying on positive reinforcement rather than giant, screaming metronomes for motivation, they encourage pupils to view choreography as a flexible medium for self-expression.