The fun vibe in Mambo Room’s dance classes and weekly socials isn’t a coincidence. The studio’s instructors hope that by sharing cultural dance in a pressure-free environment they will create a community that genuinely loves to bust a move without feeling self-conscious. With these passionate teachers at the helm, students hone fancy footwork in classes that range from salsa and bachata to Afro-Cuban to Zumba. At weekly socials, students can showcase their newly acquired moves to get comfortable leading and following with partners of all skill levels, giving their poor broom a well-deserved night off.
Owner Jessica Jones-Healey founded Tidewater Studios for the Arts Inc. in 2009 as a noncompetitive forum for kids to practice performing and visual arts. Winner of a 2011 Virginian-Pilot Reader's Choice Award for Best Dance Studio and Best Performing Arts Academy in Portsmouth, Western Branch, Churchland, and North Suffolk, the facility inspires children with engaging explorations into the joys of hand-made art, hand-played music, and hands-free dance.
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.
Named the Best Place to Take a Dance Class in 2012 by Tucson Lifestyle magazine, Shall We Dance boasts experienced instructors that help instill dancing wisdom and undeniable rhythm in people looking to twirl and sidestep across the studio’s hardwood floor. Students pair up during group dance lessons or work one-on-one with instructors during private lessons as they are shown how to gracefully execute an arsenal of dance steps in styles such as salsa, Argentinean tango, swing, and waltz. The studio also offers weekly dance parties (held Friday nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.), which provide a casual setting for students to practice with different dance partners, ready couples for weddings, or prep solo dancers for musical housecleaning sessions.
Boasting the largest ballroom in the Hampton Roads area, DanceSport VA helps transform hands-in-pockets swayers into floor-shredding hoofers as if every class were a celebratory end-zone dance. A talented staff of shimmying smooth steppers boasts over 200 years of collective dance experience. During two private half-hour lessons, students will learn practical and stirring dance techniques with an expert instructor trained to help dancers overcome their individual obstacles. Go cheek-to-cheek with a handsome stranger or toe-to-toe with new friends at your energetic group lesson, and keep your newfound dance skills sharp at a practice session following your group lesson. Most classes last 45 minutes, and practice sessions can pack in a full hour of Argentine tangos and artful dips. A guest partner or a Kevin Bacon impersonator may accompany you during any of these lessons, or you can go on your own and secretly store up moves to bust like a piñata full of impressive footwork and shimmy confetti. DanceSport VA’s versatile schedule offers a wide variety of rump-shaking lessons, which include cha-cha, club, waltz, samba, and the submarine chicken. Additionally, students will finally be able to feel confident and ooze swagger at social functions, becoming the focus of fellow dancers at weddings, clubs, and laser hair-removal-clinic waiting rooms.