Owners and veteran dancers Elena Iannucci and Teddy Kern cultivate a lively community at Dance Manhattan during more than 80 weekly classes that break down social styles ranging from salsa to charleston. Like hotheaded detectives, students in group classes swap partners regularly, a practice that helps every student develop friendships while challenging their leading and following skills. Both Iannucci and Kern exhibit a particular flair for swing and have developed a faculty that includes International Lindy Hop Championship–award-winners Evita Arce and Michael Jagger. Master classes and workshops focus on partnering tricks and difficult styles such as the Argentine tango. Wedding sessions help engaged couples enjoy a graceful, relaxed first dance as well as a elegant resolution for their first dance-fight.
All students are automatically enrolled in a program that offers discounts within the dance community. Instructors foster a fun, welcoming environment by leading weeknight practices and special events that are free to program members and are occasionally punctuated by niceties such as roses, cupcakes, and emoticons. To that end, the studio hosts Friday-night parties and monthly open houses fueled by live DJs, as well as artists who rent space for performances and practice.
Owned by Carina Moeller, Traingulo trains fledgling Fred Astaires in Argentine-style tango with a five-level training program at their relaxed New York studio. Each beginner tango class imparts participants with the fundamentals of Argentinean frolicking, such as the basic tango lead and follow, tools for navigating the dance floor, and how to maneuver a cross. While mastering the art of dipping their partner in zesty rhythmic ranch, students are invited to attend two Tuesday-night milongas. Beginner classes take place Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in Traingulo's 2,000-square-foot commercial space, replete with oversized windows, high ceilings, and a new dance floor. Check the schedule for additional class offerings.
Sheila Kelly S Factor New York's empowering fitness philosophy encourages women of all ages, shapes, and sizes to celebrate their bodies and express their femininity through invigorating pole-dancing classes. Hollywood actress, classically trained dancer, and S Factor founder Shelia Kelley began her career in sensual fitness while preparing for a movie role which required her to hone striptease and pole-dancing skills. Quickly recognizing the physical and emotional benefits of performing these slinky, strengthening movements, Kelley devised a routine that merged ballet, yoga, and Pilates with her new choreography and set out to share the workout with women across the country. In the process, Kelley and her pole-fitness technique have acquired celebrity students such as Eva Longoria, Amy Adams, and the flagpole outside Grand Central Station, as well as features in People magazine and Time Out New York.
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 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 six-week Crash Courses or the fluid swing of the carolina shag at group classes. But students don’t have to go far to show off their skills—the studio hosts dance parties almost every day.
Since 1999, Exotic Dance Central has been teaching dancers how to captivate an audience while suspended from a stainless steel pole. The studio offers exotic dance classes for all skill levels: professional dancers can hone their craft and incorporate exotic nuances and costumes, while beginners learn how to twirl down a pole for increased fitness and confidence during fire alarms. Exotic Dance Central also conducts stage performances with a dedicated troupe of dancers from across the globe.