Studio One's Summerlin, Southwest, and Henderson establishments house an armada of instructors boasting experience ranging from Olympic opening ceremony performances, star spots in Broadway productions, and choreography positions with entertainment companies. Within the combined 15,000 square feet of studio space, left-footed frolickers are transformed into smooth-stepping dancers with a variety of dance disciplines. From the grace of traditional ballet sessions to hip-hop classes inspired by popular street dances, the movement mavens instill their mastery onto dancers of all ages and levels, regardless of how many legs or fins they have. The Summerlin location boasts five studio rooms equipped with viewing windows and a waiting room with a flat-screen TV that broadcasts video from each dance room, so guardians can watch their pupil evolve into a dancer and forgo walking forever.
Running on treadmills, lifting weights, and running on treadmills while lifting weights aren't the only ways to get in shape. At Polecats Aerial Fitness, instructors help women participate in a fun activity while boosting confidence with exhilarating fitness classes, which take place on a pole, in the air, or on the ground. Pole fitness classes blend spins, kicks, and balancing techniques to strengthen and tone core muscles. Aerial silk classes, meanwhile, challenge exercisers to perform acrobatic twirls and flips while holding onto silk materials hanging from the ceiling. During aerial hoops classes, students practice artistic, Cirque du Soleil-like routines with giant hoops and a partner. The women's fitness studio rounds out its schedule with bikini boot camp classes and strength and conditioning sessions for dancers.
Ms. Bernadette approaches dancing from both an artistic and a fitness standpoint. As a dancer and ordained minister, she recognizes the spiritual and aesthetic beauty of graceful movements. As a personal trainer, she knows that performing those movements can be a great workout. At her studio, she combines dance classes with fitness classes, including Pilates and yoga, and teaches them with the goal of strengthening limbs and increasing students' flexibility.
Though their professional dancing careers began in Las Vegas, Debbie Carroll and Shelley Locklier's skillful steps led them to a globe-trotting stint as principal dancers for Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. After returning to Las Vegas, Carroll and Locklier combined their expertise?and their names?to form Carrolier Academy of Irish Dance, where toe-tapping apprentices learn Irish dance fundamentals to build their core strength, improve their performance skills, and boost their self-confidence. Furnished with a high-tech sound system, a mirrored wall, and sprung flooring to absorb the shock of shoes and falling feathers, the studio hosts classes for all ages and experience levels, enhancing each pupil's abilities while emphasizing team-building skills and proper nutrition.
At Step by Step, clients work with experienced instructors on a spacious dance floor. No partners are needed during their exciting group lessons, which can cover everything from basic rumba to salsa steps and preparation for the first dance of your wedding. Private lessons help establish the four basic steps that most styles of dance rely upon.
At Ballroom Addiction, the staff members' credentials are as impressive as their synchronized steps. For example, director Ron Yee has won two championships at United States Ballroom Championships events, and hip-hop teacher Gene Lopez has worked with celebrities from Michael Bublé to Flavor Flav. Their impressive resumés don't imply exclusivity, however—guests of all skill levels, from beginners to aspiring award winners, are welcome to rehearse on their three floating floors. Along with other trained instructors, they draw from years of competitive experience to school students on four main categories of dance: American Smooth, International Standard, American Rhythm, and International Latin.
These categories cover several styles, including fox trot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, and cha-cha. The instructors impart poise in both private and group sessions, as well as coach pupils in social dance sessions that cover nightclub moves and country western choreography. To supplement lessons, instructors host Friday-night parties that allow protégés to practice their form while mingling with other students. Wedding-dance seminars coordinate romantic routines set to the couple's favorite song, or, for more complex performances, the sound of every guest clinking a fork against a wine glass.