The school is one of the top improv schools in St. Louis—not only because it is the first, but also because of its coveted founding father. Renowned comedian and improv instructor Bill Chott is the main mastermind behind the laughs. Bill is a graduate of the Ivy League improv school The Second City. He put in his time working alongside Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and others before making the leap to screens made of silver and TV particles. You'll recognize his voice from various Saturday Night Live animated shorts, and his unmistakable mug from movies such as The Ringer and Galaxy Quest, and television shows like Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, among many others. He's also leant his writing talents to Saturday Night Live and The Dana Carvey Show. This impressive resume translates into a reliable and wealthy source of comedic knowhow, which Bill gladly imparts upon his students, staff, and his own reflection.
Internationally known burlesque star Lola van Ella captains VanElla Studios, home of burlesque-infused dance and cardio classes that are “pure fun,” according to St. Louis Magazine. Clients can build confidence and performance repertoires in a panoply of body-positive classes, such as Burlesque Basics 1, which covers moves such as the shimmy, the bump-and-grind, and boa-wielding, which teaches guests how to seductively fashion a lasso out of a boa constrictor to reach coconuts for survival. For a higher-octane workout, rug-cutters with some dance experience can enroll in the hip-hop sequence, whose fast-paced choreography matches a soundtrack of rap and R & B tracks. In each class, an average of 10 students follow in the footsteps of instructors with professional dance experience.
Off Broadway—heralded as 2010's Best Rock Club by the Riverfront Times—lures in crowds several nights a week with a barrage of local bands and national touring acts of all genres. On Thursday, July 28, singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore performs with Strawfoot, an old-time revival country band with the requisite fiddle, banjo, and washboard abs. tune-yards annexes the venue on November 8 with violently convivial ukulele jams augmented by African-inflected vocal gymnastics, looped drums, and a duo of synchronized saxophonists. Musical Merry-Go-Round matinees amuse kids monthly on Sunday afternoons with entertainers such as Super Stolie on August 14 and Little Miss Ann on September 11.
A boutique dance school with highly qualified professional instructors, state of the art facility and a warm, friendly, non-competitive atmoshphere. Currently in our 20th year of business with the same consistent ownership. Classes offereed for three-year-olds -adults, in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Tumbling & Juggling!