Helmed by an owner with 20 years of dance experience and a BA in dance education, Dance Arts Center’s instructors motivate bodies into motion with more than a dozen dance styles. They lead adult hobbyists and career-minded 3-year-old dancers alike in styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics. In kids’ classes, instructors teach sprouts up to 18 years old the fundamentals of dance techniques in a non-competitive environment and challenge more advanced students to join the performance team, which takes to the stage at competitions, community performances, and workshops. Students in both the regular classes and the performance team gather to showcase their moves during the center's annual concert, which is one of the last remaining dance events in the country without a panel of sneering celebrity alien judges.
In addition to ballroom, hip-hop, and flamenco dance classes, staffers lead adults in yoga and Pilates regimens to help whip them into peak performance shape.
Specializing in Latin and ballroom dancing, Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a national studio. No matter how busy your schedule or how leaden your feet, Fred Astaire’s staff of professionally trained and certified instructors can tailor private sessions to match any dancer's skill level and specific goals.
An accomplished student of the Pennsylvania Ballet School, classical ballerina Beth Brier stumbled upon her daughter Catie’s true passion in life after they witnessed a mystifying performance by Cirque du Soleil. Eager to encourage Catie's circus-career aspirations, Beth began a circus-arts program and drew in a clientele who also wanted to explore the sinuous realm of acrobatics. She enjoys watching her daughter—now an accomplished professional contortionist—perform and loves choreographing her own dance spectacles at Casa Tina's Mexican Restaurant every Saturday and Sunday evening.
At 17 years old, David Pearce spent his nights dancing and DJing in a slick Seattle club. When his best friend recognized his skills and suggested David join him as a daytime ballroom-dance instructor, he was unenthusiastic⎯until a visit to his friend's studio made David realize that ballroom dancing involved nothing but sleek movements and squiring ladies across the floor. He’s been hooked ever since. David opened The Studio with his wife, Jackie, who leads belly and hula dancing, and the pair demonstrates swing, Argentine tango, and other American ballroom dances with help from four other instructors.
Private lessons begin with David’s signature teaching style, which condenses every ballroom step into four basic movements and instills the fundamentals of leading and following before finally acquainting students with the dance style of their choice. Meanwhile, group lessons introduce hoofers to new moves in a lively and relaxed social-dancing atmosphere. Monthly parties, which often follow elaborate themes—such as a luau with leis, photo props, and decorations dappling the studio’s baby-blue walls—invite couples to twirl, sip refreshments, and eventually follow fellow revelers to nearby nightclubs or a Disney prince's ballroom to show off their versatile moves in a real-world setting.
The American BellyDance Studio's artistic director, Kadayif, captains a team of instructors that crafts a distinct style of belly dancing by marrying traditional Middle Eastern dance with ballet and theatrical staging. As the sound of rhythmic music and jingling coin belts courses through the air, seasoned instructors teach students of all skill levels to shimmy through intricate choreography that shows off curves through crisp isolations and rhythmic hip movements. Kadayif calls upon her experience as a registered nurse to assist students in safely shaking off pounds and limbering up muscle groups on the studio’s suspended wood floor, which was crafted out of chopped down Giving Trees. The American BellyDance Studio showcases its budding performers during performances and social events such as the Florida State Fair and the Lutz Fourth of July parade, as well as the studio's annual gala and awards banquet.