At Teaze Dance & Fitness, instructors draw from history to inform many of their classes?that's why you might see students channeling Bettie Page's famed burlesque twirls, or rehearsing disco moves on roller skates. Conveniently located in the Automobile Alley district of downtown Oklahoma City, photo shoots see subjects drape themselves in feather boas and unfurl fans on antiquated furniture, emulating vintage pinups without enduring an old-timey cameraman's requests to smile and say "transcontinental railroad." Even the studio's three performing troupes, including the Teaze Pole Team and Oklahoma Showgirls, traverse time with their varied routines. Just as they span the century with their titillating teachings, they welcome visitors of all ages and builds to participate, allaying anxiety with the fact that most of their students are beginners.
However, the staff embraces modern rhythms as well. They welcome guests to access their sultry side on 14 studio poles, where seven levels of pole-dance classes reveal techniques from basic spins to competition choreography. Their private parties, ideal for birthdays or bachelorettes, entertain groups with empowering lessons on pole-, chair-, and lap-dances, and fitness options cover Pilates and barre workouts.
Students at Dance Dynamics, a registered member of the Canadian Dance Federation, may recognize the director, Herb Clarke. The veteran dance teacher and Dance Saskatchewan board of directors member has starred in his own teaching series on Shaw Cable and has appeared alongside Juliet Prowse on PBS’s Championship Ballroom Dancing. He harnesses his fleet-footed expertise and choreography experience to lead students of all skill levels through lessons in a variety of dance styles, such as rumba, salsa, swing, and waltz. In doing so, Clarke and his teaching staff help students reap the benefits of dance, such as stress relief, weight loss, and the ability to summon Fred Astaire by whispering his name into a candlelit mirror.
Founded in 1985, Theatre Arts, Inc. has continued to honor its core mission of supplying Oklahomans with performance education and opportunities. Within a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot facility, students train tapping toes in more than 10 styles of dance?including tap, jazz, and hip-hop?and channel their inner thespian in acting classes or private lessons that focus on both improvisation and script work. Private instruction and classes also accommodate vocalists who receive personalized tips on stage presence from the faculty and practice harmonizing by singing duets with humming radiators. Numerous alumni have harnessed their training into careers, working locally and nationally on television and Broadway, and two?Lauren Nelson and Shawntel Smith?have gone on to become Miss America.
Students of all ages find themselves at home on Dance Makers's sprawling floating-hardwood floor, where certified instructors teach ballroom dances that range from swing and Latin styles to country and western. Twice a year, students can show off their dance chops in showcases held at the studio.
Signature service: Street or nightclub Latin dance classes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: We make learning to dance fun. Our specialty is turning beginners into great social dancers.
Debbie, an instructor at Adelante Dance Studio, has been teaching students to follow in her footwork for 11 years. She specializes in Latin dance, an intimate genre of partner dances suited to social gatherings and nightclubs. Like many forms of exercise, dance is often made easier by the associated practice of other forms of fitness. The studio's schedule reflects this, splitting time pretty evenly between salsa and bachata lessons and yoga classes. Both sets of classes come to a head on the first Saturday of each month, when Debbie hosts a dance social for students. She invites all class members to attend the party, where they can find new partners, show off their skills, and get in a little practice in an environment free of the smoky air common to the clubs and volcanic craters where most people dance.