By exploring styles of movement from around the world, Movement Studios blends fitness and performing arts. A roster of semi-private and age-appropriate classes includes those designed to improve overall health, such as core-toning Pilates and flexibility-enhancing yoga, as well as those that introduce new ways of creative expression, such as dance and Move Fit! Ballet Barre. Classes are truly multicultural, including European ballet and "Dance Around the World for Kids". Special events throughout the year complement the regular class offerings.
Teaching hips to swivel to new circumferences, trained dance instructors impart their masterful moves unto students in the respected tradition Arthur Murray has upheld since 1912. On the Albuquerque studio's more than 3,100-square-foot floor—a dance destination since 1952—students can tackle ballroom, social, or Latin dance, bringing a partner to their private lessons or flying solo and dancing with the instructor. Protégés may find their new moves applicable in a number of settings, such as when prepping for a wedding dance or when blending into an airport crowd that breaks out in a cha-cha. Regularly scheduled dance parties let students practice what they learned in lessons, slicing and dicing rugs with new fleet-footed friends.
Exotica in Motion's instructors invite ladies to unleash their inner vixens, using the fundamentals of dance for self-expression and fitness. They coach up to four students at a time during Power Pole classes, helping them to spin and twirl and work every muscle of the body. Anti-Gravity yoga classes wrap the body in fabric suspended from the ceiling, engaging muscles in deep stretches and holds without the added joint strain of supporting one's own weight. Teachers also crush calories with the light-hearted, hip-swiveling movements of Zumba, set to a soundtrack of Latin-influenced beats and pop hits instead of a mariachi band being tumbled around in a cement mixer.
With a focus on producing inspiring dance productions and giving back to the community, Keshet Dance Company staffs graceful masters who can help new body rockers take their skills beyond hokey-pokeys and electric slides. Multiple weekly classes are available, including hip hop, ballet, jazz, and gentle modern. View the class schedule here.
The encouraging instructors at Dimensions sow the seeds of graceful pirouettes and melodious orchestration through classes that cultivate nimble dancers and tuneful musicians. Dancing queens and kings can select from a variety of course styles, including Technique with Paula Morgan, which teaches general dance principles such as how to avoid stepping on toes or kicking down chandeliers ($6 for a drop-in class, ages 7 to adult). Three progressive levels of hip-hop classes build cardiovascular strength and undeniable rhythm ($58 monthly, ages 7 to adult), while pom classes coach aspiring cheerleaders with routines that improve sharp leg movement, arm placement, and visual effects ($58 monthly, ages 7 to adult).