For more than 25 years, dancers and choreographers have offered a supportive environment for students to learn the art of dance. At two studio locations, the staff of dance instructors guide students through ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and acrobatics. Children as young as 2 years old work on coordination and self-expression with specially designed moves, and older students concentrate on more technical movements such as pointe work or contemporary dance.
Community spirit and a love for all things creative and spiritual are what motivate Loom Yoga Center's team of mind-body practitioners. In the studio's practice room, where flickering candles fill the space with a calming glow, these instructors center wandering third eyes through hatha and Vinyasa posture sequences, guided meditation, and Pilates mat work, providing plentiful individual attention along the way. Massage and craniosacral therapy are also offered onsite. A recent addition to the studio, salsa-dancing instructor Ashley Kervabon teaches students the basic steps and style techniques of the exuberant dance every Monday, though no partner is required to participate.
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.
Mambo Bravo's highly trained and enthused instructors teach students the hip-swiveling basics of the salsa, mambo, and cha-cha-cha. All classes begin with fancy footwork and basic dance moves, moving on to salsa once the class has gotten appropriately sassy. Students start in any Level-1 class and are promoted as soon as the instructor feels they can deliver a mistake-free Morse-code message to their downstairs neighbors. Level-1 classes usually last four to eight weeks, depending on the speed of the student's uptake and level of ability. Students will only advance if they attend at least one class a week during the month. Level-2 classes take 8–12 weeks, after which point students advance to Level-3 intermediate lessons.
Newcomers might walk into Dance Reverie with two left feet, but they leave with a graceful waltz-tempo spring in their step. Emphasizing a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, instructors lead first-time students through an energetic array of dance styles including tango, swing, fox trot, samba, and merengue. Classes break down each dance into its constituent parts while participants learn with partners or solo. But whether the studio is hosting private lessons or group parties, the enthusiastic staff ensures each experience is as enjoyable as it is educational.