At two locations, Top Hat Dance Studio's passionate team of nationally certified teachers inspires dancers of all skill levels to shuffle off to Buffalo while hustling, salsaing, and waltzing across the dance floor. During group lessons, skilled instructors teach guests to untangle left feet while performing intricate, stylized choreography in the Lancaster location's two-step, ballet, and West Coast swing classes or the Philadelphia location's salsa, bachata, and advanced-level chicken-dance classes. Fledgling fleetfooters can supplement group sessions with private lessons, during which feet will learn to tap out Morse-code messages to a far-away dance partner while sharpening skills with one-on-one instruction. In addition to these dance classes, instructors also specialize in preparing engaged couples for their first dance and offer a number of specially designed youth programs.
Dance instructors Brandi and Vuthy Ou performed and competed in dance competitions all over the world together before opening their own studio in 2006. They draw on their experience and chemistry to teach students of all experience levels how to tame skittish left feet through a robust schedule of ballroom-, social-, and Latin-style dance classes. Each 40-minute session begins with a brief warm-up before students learn how to synchronize steps. Students looking to hone skills in a specific dancing style may do so during American tango, swing, or rumba classes, and the social-dance program helps regular wedding crashers to feel comfortable while chicken dancing. Private lessons enhance rug-cutting skills with the advantage of one-on-one attention. Since partners are frequently switched during classes, both couples and singles are welcome.
The term EgoPo derives from the French for the physical self, and it's more than the name of a theater—it's an acting style. The work of EgoPo's thespians is intense, and the physical and vocal training is grueling. It's not a place where actors waltz into auditions with new head-shots and freshly minted business cards that say, "Up-and-Coming Professional Actor." At EgoPo, the permanent team trains year-round until they become a theatrical organism, capable of rewarding viewers who tire of the same old summer stock. Although "classic" is in their name, EgoPo's productions typically skirt tradition in favor of provocation in visceral performances.
En Pointe's dance instructors bring years of collective experience to the studio's schedule of classes, which edify groups of up to 15 students in nine styles of dance. A combination of barre and floor work hones classical techniques during one-hour ballet classes, which instill pupils with swan-like grace and a knack for tiptoeing down creaky staircases. One-hour tap lessons propel pupils to cultivate rhythm, coordination, and agility, and combo sessions inspire inner cadence in students ages 3–5 with split hours of jazz and ballet or tap. All classes convene on the studio's floating dance floor, which absorbs impact to prevent fatigue, injury, and yet another victory for the apathetic law of gravity.
• For $49, you get a six-session dance course for one person (a $386 value). • For $99, you get a six-session dance course for a pair (a $460 value). With 35 years of experience in shimmy-shaking education, the academy draws on 35 years of experience and a three-part learning system choreographed to help students master the basics of ballroom and Latin dance styles. Two 40-minute private lessons let arms shake hands with and feet tiptoe into a slew of foundational steps under the individual attention of a patient, devoted instructor. After private lessons, schedule two 45-minute group classes to mingle with up to seven other students and pair up with different partners.