Dance Times Square’s founders and professional Latin ballroom dancers, Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin, corral expert dance instructors into their studio space to teach students of all levels high-energy dance routines. With an impressive roster of celebrity clientele, such as Vanessa Williams, Pierce Brosnan, and Betty Boop, along with decades of experience in the dance and choreography world, Tony and Melanie remain leaders in competitive Latin ballroom dance. The nimble-footed instructors rolls out dynamic group and private lessons, leading participants in shimmying through a wedding dance class or mastering skills for such dances as the salsa, tango, cha-cha, or swing.
Stepping Out Studios owner George Qiao carries on Stepping Out Studio's tradition of teaching partner dances such argentine tango, swing, salsa, hustle, and country western to all levels and backgrounds, with a team of experienced instructors on staff. Stepping Out's staff roster is comprised of competitors who’ve graced the stages of TV programs such as the Today Show, Dancing with the Stars, and numerous off-Broadway productions.
The teachers also stay connected to the local dance community, so they can recommend local clubs to their students once they've mastered salsa and merengue at four-week Crash Courses or the smooth-steps of the foxtrot at group classes. But students don’t have to go far to show off their skills—the studio hosts dance parties almost every day.
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Sheena Larsen wasn’t that familiar with latin dance, but that didn’t stop the then-high-schooler from entering a salsa competition at a local dance club. As it turned out, her confidence was warranted: Larsen and her partner walked away with first prize. And Larsen was hooked.
Today, Larsen shares her love of latin dance at Step Into Salsa, the studio she cofounded with Cesar Carrasco in 2010. Along with a team of instructors, she leads students of all levels through the rhythmic undulations of salsa, Zumba, and bachata dance. She structures the classes in four-week cycles that build on lessons learned in each class, ensuring that students can answer basic questions including “what is the difference between salsa and mambo?” and “how many does it take to tango?”
It all began with a party. When Z Club NY co-founder Claudia Salem was invited by business partner Edmee Cherdieu D’Alexis to a Zumba party at S.O.B.’s in New York, she was expecting a fun and invigorating workout. But the passion and energy emanating from the crowd made her realize that she was witnessing something more. Claudia and Edmee strive to recreate that same atmosphere at every Z Club location, by employing personable customer service reps, maintaining pristine facilities, and scheduling seven different Zumba variations. The schedule includes classes held seven days a week and a regular series of events.
From the gleaming wood staircase, trimmed with an ornate, wrought-iron railing, you can peek into both of Studio 43’s bright dance studios. The first story’s mirror-lined walls reflect dancers as they shake hips and follow expert instructors through merengue or salsa steps. Upstairs, lavender walls dotted with sun-snagging windows surround a small group of yogis as they stretch through 60-minute classes. When they aren’t leading dance seminars, teachers coach participants in fitness-geared sessions such as Zumba and hip-hop that torch calories and two-left-footedness to the high-energy beats of Latin-inspired music.