Hampton Ballroom, which first opened its floors 20 years ago, houses a team of instructors passionate about helping students become well versed in a wide variety of dances. The expert teachers lead group classes to get feet sashaying to styles such as salsa, foxtrot, rumba, cha-cha, and tango, and also offer one-on-one private lessons. Wall-to-wall mirrors flank the wood-floor studios, allowing participants to keep an eye on their moves and to scope out any vampires in disguise.
ArtInspired pools together various forms of art to spark creativity and help members make positive lifestyle changes. In one part of the facility, visitors wade through the depths of their imagination during educational programs, including in graphics, photography, marketing and design. To burn off stored-up energy, those same visitors may want to slide into their workout gear and take part in ArtInspired's collection of dance-based fitness classes. The classes–which steer away from typical group fitness routines–include Zumba, Bollywood dance, and hip-hop, among others.
Since beginning Irish dance more than 40 years ago, Deborah Bristol, TCRG, has founded Rhythm of Ireland School of Irish Dance, coached five solo champions, and competed in international competitions. At Rhythm of Ireland, which is accredited by the Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha, she teaches students the craft of Irish dance, focusing on critical elements such as basic steps, attire, and performing.
Located near Christopher Newport University in the heart of Newport News, Northampton Dance Studios / The Dance Center offers quality dance instruction for children, teens and adults as well as musical theater and baton classes for kids and teens. The studio is the official school of the Tidewater Dance Theater, Inc.
Competitive dancer Amy Hontos brings more than 30 years of experience to the education of aspiring dancers. Trafficking in styles such as merengue, night-club two-step, and salsa, instructors can teach newbies their first moves, guide a couple through a wedding dance and synchronized cake-twirling performance, or help experienced students earn DVIDA certification to become ballroom dance instructors themselves. During frequent social dances, sparkling lights spin across the studio's 4,700-square-foot dance floor as students glide through the sequences they've learned.
At Janna’s International Dance Studio, owner Janna Beaufait draws upon more than 30 years of Middle Eastern dance experience to teach shimmies from across the globe. Like tandem unicycles, ballroom, salsa, and hula classes are designed to help couples move together with precision and grace. Ballroom classes explore a specific dance style such as swing or cha-cha over the course of four weeks; in addition to practicing footwork patterns, students learn how to lead or follow their partner. Salsa classes teach New York club–style swivels and shimmies, and six-week hula classes bolster romantic bonds as partners swivel hips in unison and gaze into one another’s monocles. Fueled by traditional Polynesian music and modern tunes, each session imparts flirty hand and torso movements through a simple choreographed routine.