Rise Dance Studios’ team of expert dance instructors leads students of all ages through dance and theater classes in their two dance studios and private vocal room. Classes introduce children as young as 2 to ballet, tap, and jazz dancing. For those with more niche dance interests, Rise offers all-boys hip-hop classes and musical-theater classes. The instructors also lead adults through fitness-oriented classes, including Zumba classes that use dance techniques alongside pop and hip-hop beats to develop strength and flexibility, and ballet-inspired barre classes that target all major muscle groups to tone the body and relax the mind.
Instructor and Basic Ballroom Dance Studio cofounder Ilya Barmotin is no stranger to the arena of competitive dancing—Ilya’s trophy room houses awards from the World Cup, US Open, and South American Showdance. With a lifetime spent in slick-soled shoes, he’s also aware of the social and fitness benefits of choreographed body movement. That’s why his studio teaches social and competitive dancing to students of all ages and experience levels in group or private settings.
The facility’s two large floors and private dance areas host lessons in styles ranging from the Latin cha-cha and rumba to standards such as the waltz, tango, and foxtrot. Beyond the classroom, students hone their skills in weekly practice parties or by communicating through tap dance at their day jobs. Students also participate in regional, national, and international competitions. Those seeking their own trophy collections can attend Friday-night workshops. At these workshops, participants build their stamina and stretch their limbs while receiving expert instruction.
The lime-green and grape-purple walls perfectly echo the vivacious spirit of classes at The Mind, Body & Soul Studio. Instructors lead everything from boot camps and core-strengthening workouts to Zumba and belly dancing, and the intimately sized space fosters a supportive rapport in virtually every session. These classes help attendees live healthier and more active lives by incorporating cardio work instead of just showing them places to abandon vegetables on the edge of town.
After Jeni Breen earned a modern dance degree at California Institute of the Arts, she sashayed off to the Big Apple to expand her dance repertoire. This included dancing with contemporary dance company Donald Byrd/The Group and choreographing operas and films. But it wasn?t until she was introduced to Argentinian Tango at the Sandra Cameron Dance Center that she found her true calling.
Now at her namesake studio, Jeni teaches alongside Tango veteran Matthew Liam O?Toole to inspire students with the elegant and seductive moves of classic Argentinian Tango. Basic classes introduce dancers to the vocabulary and simple steps, while pre-intermediate and advanced sessions focus on more intricate footwork such as moonwalking but forward.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds adults 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 cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of tango, swing, or rumba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice provides a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.