The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Theater should inspire wonderment. That's the view at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, an artistic organization dedicated to bringing new life to William Shakespeare's words. Each of its productions aims to burrow beneath the play's familiar surface, finding deeper explorations into psychology, government, and philosophy. This approach brings new life to the timeless works—TSC's Macbeth, for instance, highlighted the civilian cost of civil war, while an all-female Julius Caesar embodied "a bold new way to look at honor, womanhood, and power," according to The Commercial Appeal. That same sense of exploration is extended to contemporary pieces. Once a year, the company members hang up their iambic pentameters to produce the Southern Exposure festival featuring new works from the region.
Rumba Room infuses downtown Memphis with a dose of Latin culture through fusion food, tropical mixed drinks, and monthly live music and dance events. Guests can shake along to Latin rhythms at regular reggaeton, swing, and salsa events, or hone their skills in salsa lessons and dance competitions.
The hit Nickelodeon children’s program Yo Gabba Gabba! bounds from the small screen to the big stage in a show filled with cartoonish critters and boundless dancing. Beloved by hip preschoolers and savvy postschoolers for its eye-popping sets, catchy songs, respect for intellect, and absence of Shrek, Yo Gabba Gabba! teaches inner and outer children valuable life lessons without stooping to condescension. For the special It’s Time to Dance! tour, favorite adorable toy monsters such as Brobee, Foofa, Plex, and Biz Markie join human surrogates DJ Lance Rock and BeDazzler queen Leslie Hall for an onstage celebration of imagination. Mixing animation, games, and new songs with classic bits from the television show, the Technicolor mise en scène and infectious energy of Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! gives children enough confidence to apply to college after elementary school.
Built in 1928, the historic Orpheum Theatre Memphis once housed top-tier vaudeville shows in its opulent interior, which wowed audiences with monumental chandeliers, lush tapestries, and a Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. After the decline of vaudeville, the Orpheum gradually succumbed to age and a hailstorm of acorns tossed by delinquent squirrels, before a $5 million restoration project in 1982 returned the theater back to its former glory days. Now the crown jewel of Memphis' entertainment venues, the Orpheum's revived interior reminds audiences of the beautiful excess of the Roaring Twenties while hosting a nonstop schedule of concerts, Broadway shows, and ballets.
Arguably the best part of being an adult is being able to eat dessert whenever you want. Clearly Fran Mosley of Haute Monde Dessert Bar agrees––she'll even bring the sweets to you. In addition to catering services that include both sweet and savory spreads for weddings, parties, and cake fights, Haute Monde offers fashion services with a men's haberdashery and a women's accessories bar. Mosley also fuses fine art and sweets by creating elaborate and beautiful dessert spreads, which guests can sample from while exploring a gallery.