At Salsa by Todd, veteran instructor Todd the Salsa Guy leads patrons through sultry steps as they build their fitness abilities and hone their Latin-dance techniques. During weekly group salsa classes, students pair up to master beginner- and intermediate-level routines replete with hip swiveling, partnered twirls, and choreographed piggyback rides. Todd's private lessons reveal the secrets of salsa and Latin styles such as bachata and merengue, accelerating the learning process with personalized attention. Neither class style requires previous dance experience, and the studio welcomes students who arrive solo, in dancing duos, or backed up by a posse of imaginary friends.
The instructors at Art of Ballroom Dance Center take a structured, personalized approach to imparting pupils and couples with dance-step savvy to prepare for parties and weddings. Using tiered dance programs, the center tracks student progress through multiple levels, beginning with the basic foot-position, rhythm, and timing lessons of the basic introductory program, and leading ultimately to the rigorous, competition-caliber moves of the Gold program. During private and group lessons, pupils tap toes in various styles such as salsa, Latin, and swing, and acquire rhythm through attentive instruction. Newly mastered skills spring into motion during dance parties, which let students practice steps in a social setting with multiple partners or a whole janitorial closet’s worth of mops.
For Teresa Seeman-Buck, Irish dance is about more than just the body—it's about cultivating a love for Irish culture and building relationships. Over the course of her life, she's built lasting friendships with students, parents, and teachers and has more than her share of memorable experiences, ranging from her first placement in regional all the way to the world championships. That's why she started the MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance: to bring Irish dance to the world as a tribute to the Irish heritage of her grandmother and teacher. Led by experienced teachers, including competitive champions and a Riverdance and Lord of the Dance veteran, students of all levels can try their hand at the traditional dances, as well as ballet and modern jazz.
Carlos Rubio of Salsamante says they aim to give their students the “confidence and skills to dance the salsa anywhere, anytime, and with anyone.” And that’s what they instill when they teach the seductive and graceful moves of salsa—confidence. They do that during private and group lessons for couples and individuals. Classes are designed for complete novices as well as veterans looking to shake the rust from their dancing feet.
In 1887, 17-year-old Italian immigrant Salvatore Capezio moved to New York to sell theatrical shoes, opening his first shop near the old Metropolitan Opera House. Of course, he quickly found himself dealing with the intense demands of the professional dancers that frequented the store, and Capezio began challenging himself to master the delicate balance and construction of pointe shoes. By the 1930s, his designs carried dancers across the stages of Broadway, and innovations bearing his name continue to appear today in such television and film productions as Dancing with the Stars and Black Swan. Committed to the needs of performers in dance, theater, and recreation, the Capezio team continues to fulfill young Sal's legacy by crafting footwear for ballet, tap, and ballroom dancing, and gymnastics.
Helmed by Julie Buckeye, a globe trekker who has learned dozens of dances during her travels, the team of instructors at World of Dances teaches children and adults of all skill levels to shimmy with international flair and self-confidence. Julie approaches each of her classes with an enthusiasm for disparate cultures and a desire to help students feel great about their own lives, whether they're stretching toward the sun during yoga classes, undulating their hips during belly-dancing classes, or high-fiving themselves during hip-hop classes. Bouncing sun rays enter the World of Dances studio through floor-to-ceiling windows and join students in boogie routines, while the sprawling parking lot outside encourages cars to relax as they work on their suntans.