A former University of Kentucky Dance Cat with more than 20 years of teaching experience, Traci Stone works to expand the dance community through recreational and competitive adult and youth classes. Whether putting together a fun routine or just allowing wee ones to wiggle out a chronic case of sillies, Traci’s team targets children’s imaginations with colorful costumes and annual performance exhibitions. For those who’ve long since traded their baby teeth for an investment portfolio, adult classes explore the basic techniques of ballet, tap, and belly dancing. Pointed toes and swaying stomachs take to the hardwood floor as natural light spills across Artistry in Motion's expansive studio, making bare and tap-clad feet dance more happily.
For more than 65 years, Barbara Ann's School of Dance has offered lessons for pupils aged 3 through adult. When the students pass through the school's pink doors, expert trainers immerse them in the art of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and more. Besides confidence, they instill dancers with coordination, poise, and grace. Since fun is a big part of dance, they also offer ballet-themed birthday parties where girls aged 3–8 can try on more than 100 costumes and face-pirouette into cake.
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.
After taking home a trophy from the prestigious Ohio Star Ball, award-winning ballroom dancer John Gividen paired up with Kristi Quinn—a trained ballet, jazz, and tap dancer—to help others twirl confidently with other light trippers. At Dance with Grace, they helm a team of National Dance Council of America–certified instructors who dance guests of all skill levels toward proficiency in international and American styles of dance, including the Viennese waltz, paso doble, jive, and West Coast swing. Instructors customize each lesson while concentrating on partnering skills, instead of rote footwork, leaving students with the ability to seamlessly drift between partners and dance styles. They also help couples prepare for their wedding dance so they can confidently perform elegant twirls and effortlessly pull off their first couples kick line.