Since taking her first choreographed step in kindergarten, Amy Stauffer has danced behind Britney Spears, the Orlando Magic basketball team, and Mickey Mouse. After leaping across stages on the Hit Me Baby One More Time Tour and Disney's Magic Kingdom, she began tutoring the twirling arts at her own studio—a venue that the Sun News praises for its imaginative classes. Amy welcomes adults and children alike to "dance the difference" through jazz, ballet, tap, cheer, and courses where parents and their kids bond through partnering up. Her staff patrols the studio's sprung floors as they train groups for annual recitals and competitions. Every instructor broadcasts a positive attitude during their sessions, approaching dance as a flexible and creative exercise for personal development rather than a means to distract spelling-bee opponents.
Clare Gales has two loves—dance and fitness. The devoted dancer and expert trainer opened Studio 82 in 1986, where she combined her two passions by hosting both fitness and dance classes on the studio's expansive hardwood floors. Today, Clare and her staff of professional dancers and fitness professionals continue to lead students of all ages in more than 100 different classes that range from ballet to cardio kickboxing.
An abundance of internationally renowned dancers and top instructors have passed through the studio's doors over the course of its 26 years, guiding youngsters and adults alike through the footwork and form of styles such as ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Certified fitness instructors conduct a variety of energetic classes, interspersing a schedule of high-intensity cardio classes with strength-training workouts and rejuvenating yoga and Pilates sessions. The studio's diverse range of classes attracts an equally diverse group of clients that includes aspiring dancers, fitness seekers, and future brides preparing for the wedding dance or bulking up for the ceremonial arm-wrestling match against the groom’s mother.