Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection has connected restless feet with inspiring rhythms for more than 20 years in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. During one-hour Zumba classes, one of the studio's seasoned instructors coaxes shy dance muscles and hesitant limbs to sway, stomp, and groove to exotic Latin and international music. The sessions, limited to 20 participants, can decrease stress and shake off pesky shoulder anvils. Students should come in fitness attire and comfortable tennis shoes for the upbeat full-body workouts, designed to incinerate calories, drop pounds, increase energy levels, and pound unruly floorboards back into place. Zumba participants must be 12 years of age or older.
Instructor Ray Al encourages all levels of dance enthusiasts to revel in their own fancy footwork with variety of dance classes, including waltz, tango, polka, salsa, and the hustle. After choosing a dance style, couple up with Ray for a 40-minute private class to gauge your experience level, and then cut a captivating rug while learning proper technique in a class attuned to your liking and level, compromised of a series of four, one-hour group-dance sessions held one time a week.
Maya's provides feminine fitness fanatics with a fun, engaging way to tone their bodies and stay healthy. By focusing on developing core muscles, Maya's friendly, experienced instructors help students shimmy and undulate their way to trimmer, more shapely soul temples. In addition to the bodily benefits, belly-dancing lessons also improve the mind and spirit with stress relief and confidence upgrades. Beginners' classes are held Thursdays at 6 p.m. and typically contain 15–20 people, so ladies can tap into the motivating group atmosphere while also being able to get attention from the teacher if they need help with a certain move or in the event of a veil fire.
Helmed by artistic director and renowned dance veteran Elie Lazar, Montgomery Ballet—one of only two professional ballet companies in Alabama—loosens audiences' jaws with the sheer elegance of human movement. This year, An Evening of Premieres showcases a new modern work choreographed by seasoned swaying savant Adria Ferrali, artistic director of the Italian company New Dance Drama and former dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Set to the iconic sounds of Stravinsky, the avant-garde work—designed for and executed by Montgomery Ballet’s well-trained whirlers—welcomes free interpretation, artistic exploration, and post-show Gatorade dousing.
In 2011, single mother Ms. James juggled a job, college coursework, and an internship, which left scant funds to spare. But she didn't want her son to miss out on the extracurricular activities offered to his peers. That's why she founded Innovative Arts, Inc., where students from all walks of life can explore everything from Spanish to French to martial arts to science to cooking.
Classically trained and culturally diverse, Ballethnic Dance Company blends traditional ballet with the artistic influences of ethnic cultures. Its classes include ballet at all levels, hip hop, and jazz, along with more unique offerings such as African and ballethnicize, an original dance style developed by cofounder Waverly Lucas.