With dance classes available for kids as young as two, Edge Dance & Performing Arts aims to instill its peanut protégés with self-confidence at an early age. The center's team of instructors follows the lead of director Elizabeth DeRusha, a mother of two who started dancing at age two and now shares her passion by training children and adults of all skill levels. Together, Elizabeth and her team guide youngsters through various forms of dance, including ballet, hip-hop, tap, and jazz, and organize seasonal theater productions, as well.
Recently opened, Texas Champion Gymnastics offers regular classes that help hone kids' athletic skills while building their self-confidence. Tumbling and conditioning classes strengthen the muscles and motor skills needed to pull off the tricky moves for vaulting up to the cereal cabinet, and recreational gymnastics classes focus on the discipline and techniques of nailing specific routines.
World Olympic Gymnastics Academy's instructors employ expertise as tumblers to elicit youthful shrieks of glee at trampoline stunts or arts and crafts successes while parents take time to treat themselves. Pizza, drinks, music, and games engross the minds of petite patrons during Friday's semi-regular parents night out, which grants patient guardians peace and a long-awaited turn on the swing. Tykes ages 3 and older tumble and twirl at the Day After Thanksgiving camp as other family members brave the madness of Black Friday shopping sprees or scarf the remaining stuffing. Antics on colorful padded mats introduce chips off the old block to the fundamentals of gymnastics or bestow them with the coordination and agility to begin dabbling in other sports. Winter and Spring Break camps tie up the interests of students with two days of training in gymnastics blended with entertaining exercises such as tumbling, trampoline, and artistic activities.
The experienced instructors at Tippi Toes Dance Company foster youngsters' rhythm, technique, and musicality in weekly classes for children ages 18 months to 12 years. Children ages 3–7 become acquainted with the basics of ballet, tap, & jazz, as well as both the electric and the acoustic slide, in a 45-minute class set to a cheerful soundtrack of lively tunes. Meanwhile, terpsichorean tutors in the hip-hop/jazz combo class spin current chart-toppers as they teach 6- to 12-year-olds combinations and routines incorporating key elements in the energetic and historically related styles. Baby Baryshnikovs ages 18 months to 3 years get a head start on tripping the light fantastic in Mommy & Me classes, wherein rug rats learn basic dance steps, sharpen coordination skills, and move to music under the supervision of a parent or a caregiver. Tippi Toes recently received national attention by appearing on ABC's Shark Tank to show off the studio's oversize ball of twine.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with instructors during private lessons and other classmates for group lessons as instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Kathleen Catallo is no stranger to the graceful flourishes of ballroom dance. In fact, she’s spent more than two decades of her life perfecting them at the professional level. At The Art of Dance, Catallo has drawn on this experience to create a Marriage Enrichment Through Dance course tailored specifically to couples. As they learn fundamental ballroom steps in these sessions, spouses strengthen their relationships and have fun instead of spending another Friday searching for doubloons in the junk drawer.