Inside Pole for the Soul, women are free to shimmy, spin, and unleash their inner tease in exotic dances that build both strength and confidence. The studio’s encouraging environment invites guests to balance above the ground in pole-dancing lessons, peel off layers of insecurity in no-nudity strip-tease classes, and let their bodies follow musical inspiration in floor dances. Sensual sessions target groups of muscles that can be overlooked in traditional workouts, toning cores and strengthening arms and legs. Pole for the Soul also offers pole-dance parties for bachelorette festivities or girls’ nights out, where everything from the music to the intimate ambiance creates an atmosphere of fun and exploration.
From Divine Movement's twin studios in Kirkland and Seattle, co-owners Angi Cardwell and Jennifer Patenaude oversee a sultry suite of pole-dance and boudoir-dance classes set to the sounds of heart-pumping rock, indie, and hip-hop. Though not specifically a workout regimen, the floor-based and pole-vaulted routines are high-energy maneuvers that help to boost confidence and create a positive self-image. Six-week series cater to beginners and intermediate seductresses, and more advanced drop-in sessions cover holds, inverted handstands, and midair tea service. The dress code calls for comfortable yoga-style wear and bare feet or legwarmers.
At Belltown Dance Studio, instructors lead movement-based classes that emphasize physicality as a means of expression and empowerment. Trainees can learn the sure-footed steps behind such styles as salsa, Argentine tango, and cha cha, partnering up with a fellow pupil or one of the many obliging mops stored in the studio's janitor closet. Off the dance floor, instructors also host calorie-torching Zumba workouts.
Teaching hips to swivel to new circumferences, dance instructors impart their masterful moves unto students in the respected tradition Arthur Murray schools have upheld since 1912. Students can bring a partner to their lessons or fly solo and dance with the instructor. Protégés may find their new moves applicable in a number of settings, such as when prepping for a wedding dance or when blending into an airport crowd that breaks out in the cha-cha. Embodying the three-count time of a stately waltz brings partners in close, and rumba moves or swing steps add vibrancy and playfulness to one’s repertoire.
The Victoria studio provides a warm, aesthetically sound environment for engaging in private and group dance lessons. The array of dance styles is well suited to teaching feet to slice and dice a rug until it is no longer recognizable.
Tango Fusion and Swing It founder Derek Madson believes that dance should transcend genres and boundaries, evolving and blending instead of statically remaining separate. That’s why his signature Tango Fusion and East Coast Swing classes sample from multiple dance styles to form a fluid, freeform program of movement. His nontraditional Tango Fusion classes lead students in a more up-to-date and vibrant version of Argentine tango, breaking traditional tango rules with an open-embrace style, dances set to modern pop music, and the freedom to bite into any plant while tangoing, not just the stodgy rose. In East Coast Swing classes, students learn the slow-slow-quick-quick timing throughout an easy-to-grasp lesson plan. The fast-paced dances are set to classic big band artists such as Benny Goodman and swing revivalists such as the Squirrel Nut Zippers.
In a nurturing, positive environment, the squad of experienced dance instructors at Westcoast Academy of Performing Arts teach ballet and modern dance to instill grace, a knowledge of the art, and a passion for self-expression. Granting twinkle toes to students aged two and up, the rhythm masters create a fun environment in which kids can kick and twist away pent up energy while adults hone a life-long skill or work toward fulfilling a dream of performing The Nutcracker in protest of illegal peanut farms. As an effective means of staying fit, dance classes such as tap and jazz also infuse kids with a love for creativity and a penchant for physical activity that can create a lifetime of healthy living.
At The Dance Within, teaching the steps for belly dancing, hula, Bollywood, and burlesque isn't enough. The instructors also want to teach students about the culture surrounding the dance. The studio features a salon where you can get a henna tattoo, and a boutique shop where you can find dance garb such as burlesque bustiers, Bollywood disc earrings, and jerseys of popular ballet dancers.