As an actress, model, and recording artist, Caprice Burrell is no stranger to the spotlight. But it's as a fitness instructor and CEO at Alter Ego Pole Fitness & Wellness Studio where she truly gets to shine. Burrell's positive attitude fosters a supportive, nonjudgmental environment in which women can confidently unleash their inner vixen. In addition to a range of ladies-only pole-dancing lessons, the posh studio hosts ab-toning and Zumba sessions, along with special events and parties where revelers celebrate birthdays, weddings, or pole-welding certifications with sweets and champagne.
In New York-style salsa dancing, the break steps occur on the second and sixth beats, not on the first and fifth like most dances. Because of that, dancers refer to the style as "On2". Few know the unorthodox style of stepping better than the instructors at Salsa Fever On2 Dance Academy. Led by founder Mario B, they schedule classes for students of all experience levels, even those with two left feet or more than two left feet. Their beginner classes introduce inexperienced dancers to the fundamentals of spinning, twirling, shining, timing, and musicality, while advanced classes do the same but at a more frenzied pace.
Just Dance Jersey transforms students' steps into mesmerizing dance routines. Students glide through all forms of partnered dancing in group classes to create well-rounded dancers. A team of experienced and certified professionals with accreditation from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance lead classes as well as private lessons tailored to each student.
To prepare for a big event, instructors first use consultation before teaching couples how to lead their wedding dance or have a memorable father-daughter dance. Instructors can even build a group bridal-party performance to infuse some extra fun into a couple's big day or to prove whose friends are the most fun. They'll help clients pick their music and take the dance-floor size into consideration before choreographing the dance, ensuring the moment goes off without a hitch.
"No matter what you do with your dancing always be sure of one thing," writes Jersey Dance owner Jennifer in her dance blog. "The process of learning to dance should be the most enjoyable part." The longtime competitive dancer lives and teaches by that principle, as does her team of instructors. Their nonjudgmental vibe pervades the studio, creating a space where soonlyweds can get help choreographing their wedding dance from an encouraging professional. Likewise, groups of beginners can experience the thrill of learning the steps they see on dance-competition shows while skipping the part where they're given scores and spanked by the ghost of Fred Astaire. One-on-one sessions, meanwhile, offer private pointers on the complexities of the quickstep, the dagger-sharp footwork of Argentine tango, or enough floor space to safely attempt West Coast swing at its jitterbuggiest. Whatever is being taught that week, Jennifer and Co. tailor in-studio socials that give dancers a party setting to show off everything they've learned.
A native of Northern Ireland, Fedelmia Mullan Davis started Irish dancing when she was five years old. With her graceful movements and a strong sense of rhythm, she went on to win three All-Ireland championships and five Ulster championships. Upon arrival in the U.S., Fedelmia and five other T.C.R.G.-certified instructors founded the Irish Dancing Teachers Association of North America in New York City. This organization blossomed to include more than 600 certified teachers and maintains ties to its parent body in Ireland. Fedelmia also founded the Davis Academy of Irish Dancing and has spent the past 45 years training students of all ages in the art of Irish dance. Over the years, her students—along with her daughters and grandchildren—have followed in her sprightly footsteps by competing at the championship level.
Michele Wolf has been called many things, including Clara, Pixie, and a meteorite. At 12 years old, she had snagged the principal role in The Nutcracker and stole the show dancing in A Planetary Interplay and A Unicorn of Fairy Forest. Today, Wolf pours her choreography and professional experience into Artists In Motion Dance and Fitness Studio.
She and her staff impart the fine art to adults and kids, teaching the fundaments of ballet, jazz, and tap. Meanwhile, fitness instructors lead all kinds of heart-starting sessions, such as Zumba, kickboxing, Barre classes, which blurs the line between fitness and dance and what's an appropriate closing argument for a defense attorney. Kids? classes, meanwhile, focus solely on the arts; the curriculum includes ballet, tap, and musical theater. The studio is also home to a dance troupe and plays host to little ones? birthday parties.