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.
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.
Though they didn't know each other at the time, Evgeny Dyachenko and Inna Ivanenko both discovered ballroom dancing in Russia at the age of 7. They enjoyed tremendous success in their respective careers, placing among the top competitors in championships across the globe, but it wasn't until they moved to the US and met one another that their achievements began to pile up like film-award statuettes in a movie star's toy chest. In 2006, they ranked second in the World American Rhythm Show Dance Championship; they toured 25 cities performing with Dancing with the Stars in 2007; and in 2008, they lit up theaters across the nation in the stage show Champions of the Dance. Eventually, they decided to share their talents with others and opened their own studio. Today, Evgeny, Inna, and their team of instructors lead dancers of all ages and levels through social and competitive dancing programs in a variety of styles—24 styles, specifically, which include foxtrot, rumba, West Coast swing, and tango.
Inside La Luna Dance Studio, students whirl like colorful tops, salsa dancing, tango dancing, or swing dancing atop a 5,000-square-foot dance floor as a crystal-clear sound system pumps tunes. Encouraging instructors stand nearby, breaking down the music and the steps of each style, as friends, partners, and the newly acquainted bond over each tap of their toes. While the studio specializes in these adult Latin-dance courses, junior-level programs welcome kids aged 3 and older, and all classes are scaled to beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels. In addition to their comprehensive month-long programs, the sashayers host special events and dance parties, such as BYOB Salsa Friday every second and fourth weekend, and an annual symposium on the safety risks of holding roses in your teeth.
It's been more than 30 years since Kay Rudolph opened Kay’s Act II Dance Studio, and that was as a second act to the original Kay's School of Dancing, which debuted in 1948. Though her equally talented daughter Kathleen Rudolph Ross has since taken the studio's reins, she and her team of professional ballerinas, tap dancers, and a former Sixers Dancer maintain Kay's legacy as they teach dance classes for kids as young as two and a half, all the way up to 18. Students and twirl their way through ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, or lyrical dance.
At Socialsport Dance Club, the instructors specialize in first dances, whether it's for your wedding or it's literally your first dance. During private and group lessons, they walk beginners through one of 13 ballroom dances, including the foxtrot, waltz, and rumba. For more upbeat movements, the studio also hosts swing cha cha and salsa classes that can burn more calories than a four-hour tango.