Moves Dance Studio hosts a jam-packed schedule of energetic, challenging dance classes led by talented faculty members. Dancers select two weekly sessions and can get down with beginning or intermediate hip hop classes for ages 10 and up, focusing on east- and west-coast moves with choreography as sharp and precise as a perfectionist laser beam. Contemporary and lyrical dancers find expression in a variety of movement progressions and exhilarating performance dynamics; Pilates introduces students to the strength of their own cores and the sight of their own lower backs. Other classes include tap and a multitude of lessons for 4–6 year olds, including Broadway Babies, which teaches the fundamentals of ballet, tap, and tumbling.
Burn the Floor's sharp-footed rug-cutters tear up the stage with an evening of kinetic, international-style ballroom dance. Sequined costumes and swirling dresses accentuate athletic routines as they move between flashy group numbers and intense duets designed to push the same buttons as Dancing with the Stars —though Entertainment Weekly noted that the show "elevates the art beyond what's possible on television" with "storytelling and pacing worthy of any Broadway musical." Waltzes exhibit European elegance, American swing medleys channel the energetic optimism of the postwar years, and smoldering sambas raise the room temperature, quickening pulses and satisfying the dancers' debt to a shadowy air-conditioning magnate.
State Street Dance Studio is committed to teaching and passing on the art of inspiration through dance and physical expression. The studio welcomes students of all ages and abilities to open your arms, spread your wings and let your spirit soar . . .”
Teaching hips to swivel to new circumferences, dance instructors impart their masterful moves unto students in the respected tradition Arthur Murray has upheld since 1912. Students dance with a partner, or the instructor, who provides a greater understanding of the dance style of their choosing with either method. Protégés may find their new moves applicable in a number of settings, such as when prepping for a wedding dance or blending into an airport crowd that breaks out in a cha-cha. Embodying the three-count time of a stately waltz brings partners in close; rumba moves and swing steps add vibrancy and playfulness to one’s repertoire. Arthur Murray Dance Centers provide a warm, aesthetically sound environment for engaging in private and group dance lessons superbly suited to slicing and dicing a rug until it is no longer recognizable.
The resumé of award-winning actress and comedian Kathy Griffin sparkles with performative gems. Across a decades-long career she has garnered two Emmys for her Bravo show My Life on the D List, four Grammy nominations for her comedy albums, countless standup specials, and performances on television shows such as Suddenly Susan. A longtime Los Angeles resident and alumna of famed improv group The Groundlings, Griffin perches on the edge of Hollywood in crowd, allowing her to skewer stars' foibles and excesses using firsthand observations and a scandalously wicked sense of humor. The tales unfold in the palatial Rialto Square Theatre, replete with a stunning columned façade, a domed rotunda modeled on Rome's Pantheon, and a 20-foot chandelier dubbed the "Duchess" for its regal air and haughty frigidity around untitled light bulbs.
Bursting with two fully equipped dance studios and a philosophy of noncompetitive learning, Dance Center of LaGrange brings skilled teachers and a miscellany of dance types to the feet of dancers both young and old. Tykes can twirl toward the 45–60 minute summer-session classes to introduce tentative toes to preballet and creative movement (ages 3–4), learning new moves and gaining confidence while composing a rhythmic symphony with their 10-toed orchestra. The Storycise class (ages 3–5) combines storytelling and exercise to produce a hybrid fitness adventure filled with heart-pumping moves and poses that spell entire novel chapters. Teens can hit up the modern/jazz class for a medley of Broadway-style shimmying, and grown-up steppers can twist into adult tap, lacing up specialty shoes to conquer rapid routines and drum out grocery lists onto the hardwood floor.