Baila! Baila! Dance Academy shares the native songs, dances, and cultures of Mexico to a younger generation of fleet-footed students. Founded by sisters Felissa M. Garcia and Israela M. Garcia, the academy nurtures students through the complex and time-honored movements of traditional Mexican folk dance, as well as the more modern permutations of country western, hip hop, and salsa dancing. Students age two and up stage regular performances robed in traditional attire and have traveled to train with the dance masters at La Universidad de Guadalajara.
Myra Krien has belly danced since she could walk. Coming from a family that produces zen philosophers and artists, she harbored a natural curiosity for the arts, and when her mother brought her to her first belly-dancing lesson at the age of 3, Myra never toddled away. In the intervening years, Myra has studied with some of the Middle East's most prolific and respected dancers, and her dancing has earned her gigs opening for musicians and other artists throughout the United States.
Now, as the owner and director of Pomegranate Studios, Myra and her team of instructors introduce new dancers to the art and refine intermediate dancers' skills in myriad classes. Students can learn styles spanning from Asia to urban America or tone up muscles in sessions designed for fitness. The studio's dance company trains performers aspiring to become professional dancers, and Myra's afterschool S.E.E.D.S program helps young women avoid the normal afterschool hopscotch gambling rings while teaching them about empowerment and educating them in the arts.
At Albuquerque Stars, students can begin to practice their pirouettes as young as age 3. They're helped along by instructors who respect each child's skill level, and who impart the values of teamwork and confidence as passionately as they demonstrate each leap and spin. Their curriculum covers a wide range of styles, including jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, and tumbling. Though students are welcome to learn dance as a casual hobby, they are also encouraged to perform in yearly Stars National Dance Program competitions.
Farfesha takes its name from an Egyptian term that means “joyous laughter,” and the studio strives to make each person’s dance experience an exuberant adventure of self-discovery. Inside the undulating-movement emporium's roomy confines, women learn to increase their flexibility and follow their torsos' dance leads during myriad classes taught by a team of talented dancers.
Quartets of feet step and slide across a hardwood floor, crossing the space between walls adorned with colorful artwork. The vivid decor sets the tone for the sizzling routines demonstrated by prestigious instructors, who guide new and experienced dancers through the techniques and dramatic floral arranging that characterize tango. Pairs and solo students can partake in group classes, private sessions, and special events on the academy's schedule. Online primers on the style's history and music complement newfound kinetic knowledge with a solid background in the dance's origins.
Enchantment Dancing inducts students into fleet-footed society by instructing grace and poise in its independent dance studio. New dancers can pick a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday to schedule their 45-minute private lesson, where a professional instructor will pass on centuries’ worth of shimmy wisdom and gently used unitards. Choreography coaches craft lessons to build skills and techniques that the student wishes to learn or specific ballroom and Latin dance styles, such as the waltz, tango, or paso doble, that will be practiced in the ensuing beginning group dance at 7 p.m. Strutting crowds spend 45 minutes twirling skirts and tapping suede shoes as blossoming boogiers develop their own styles and build confidence for upcoming weddings or touchdown celebrations. Clients can redeem their lesson and group dance on different nights or on the same evening for a concentrated dose of dancing.