Pole Fitness Studio owner and operator Fawnia Dietrich is a pioneer of modern pole-dancing fitness. She cut her teeth as a professional exotic dancer, learning the sultry art as she went along, like all the other dancers. She wondered why there wasn’t a place to learn these difficult moves and was motivated to start teaching. Soon after, she opened her own pole-dancing studio, something not common to the world of 1994, much like time-traveling hovercrafts. Fawnia has continued on as a force in the industry, producing the first instructional pole-dance video in 1998—followed by six more videos—and creating the pole-dance instructor-certification course. Thanks to her chiseled physique, she has also been featured in three spreads in Muscle & Fitness magazine.
She now leads a team of instructors in teaching a variety of flirty fitness styles, including burlesque, pole-, lap-, chair-, floor-, and dance classes. Each 55-minute class takes place in their spacious studio, where 17 poles stand ready to hold ladies aloft as they spin and practice complex inversions. An additional 11 poles can be found downstairs, should more space be necessary. Beyond the steamy dance classes, the instructors also helm more traditional fitness classes such as cardio kickboxing, salsa, yoga, ballet, go-go hip-hop and boot camp classes..
With classes designed to meet the needs of both beginner and advanced dancers, Tunay Ink instructors educate hip-hop hopefuls in the techniques and aerobic benefits of this popular street dancing style. Amid solid beats and graffitied brick walls, dance disciples can learn the primary elements of breaking before defying gravity and hair-spray hold with head spins. The popping savvy can lord over subservient muscle serfs with a series of classes that teach both popping techniques and effective employment of hip-hop lingo, or weekly locking classes that appeal to the acrobatically inclined with physically demanding moves, such as carrying a sleeper couch up three flights of stairs.
While most of the other instructors at Dance Charisma began dancing as children, the center's director, Nancy Nies, took a different approach in life. A lawyer, she served as a judge-advocate general in the Air Force, and didn't start dancing until her mid 30s. But once she started, she fell in love with the art form and began training with national dance champions, eventually medaling at the US Dance Championships.
Her path proves that anyone passionate about dancing can learn, so she began Dance Charisma, where youths and adults gather to learn dances as varied as salsa, swing, and waltz. No partner is necessary, but couples can take lessons to make a splash during their wedding. Those without wedding receptions to show off their newly learned moves can come to the weekly dance parties, where dancers with all levels of experience practice and socialize.
Acrobat Sorin Salcianu has exercised his high-flying skills in performances with Cirque du Soleil and international competitions. His wife Tammy has spent more than three decades building muscle as a competitive gymnast and fitness trainer. Both are United States Academy of Gymnasts–certified coaches. As the co-owners and directors of the Academy of Gymnastics and Dance, they draw from their combined fitness backgrounds to lead a team of instructors from Romania, Argentina, France, Canada, and the United States. With this international team, the school is able to draw from fitness and dance training styles from around the world. The resulting programs include leveled, kid-focused courses in recreational and junior-level professional gymnastics as well as tumbling, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dance.
Tailored toward recreational students, Las Vegas School of Dance offers grown-up sessions to suit every taste. The fleet-footed dance instructors will release the dance-floor master within you through patience, clear instructions, and encouraging personal support. Class size is intimate, allowing ample attention and preventing feelings of embarrassment or inadequacy that can come from overstuffed boxes of flailing limbs. Dancing is a real workout, and even more so, it's a fun way to erase the self-consciousness that holds back the hypnotic moves your world deserves to see and worship.