Riverside Dance Center's teachers have helped fledgling dancers shimmy with precision for nearly 30 years. The studio's owner leads each adult class through a series of steps, emphasizing technique as students explore clicks, stomps, and shuffles. Kids strut to beats and rhymes in Hip-Hop I and II, learning how to ignite a rap battle in case of emergency. Today's Groupon may also be used for Stretch & Tone exercise classes or a Zumba workshop, which shows fitness seekers dance-inspired moves that burn calories when paired with Latin-style rhythms.
Led by experienced dance tutor Richard Maddalena, Simply Ballroom leads pupils through the basic of dance. Classes cover such styles as ballroom, foxtrot, waltz, cha-cha, and swing, with remedial hokey-pokey classes for those who just never learned.
Drawing from years of training and performance experience, Carlos Gonzalez and his team of dance instructors lead a variety of lively Latin dance classes. The expert dancers conduct classes in New York–style salsa, bachata, and choreography, even offering a special kids' program that introduces youngsters to the steps and history of various styles. True to their company's name—which translates to "Mambo for You" in Spanish—the enthusiastic instructors welcome students of all experience levels and abilities.
Krissy's Dance & Fitness Studio is a judgement-free zone. The spacious studio, accented with bright, fun colors, hosts joyful, cardio-blasting group fitness classes such as Zumba, kickboxing, and Brazilian Butt Lift classes. Along with inspiring adults to feel confident and healthy, Krissy also leads kids' dance classes for girls and boys. She taps into her elementary education degree to lead kids in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and other dance styles.
JM Kennedy is devoted to numerous forms of sensual and energetic dancing, offering both basic and advanced pole dancing classes for fledgling and veteran students. In a basic pole class ($25 value), aspiring masters of the vertical bar will learn ten basic pole steps that contribute to a powerful core and toned extremities, which will also put you in terrific shape for future shadow-puppet theatre performances. You'll feel your muscles tighten and flex every time you walk by a pole on the street and it looks back at you with those cold, doubtful eyes. Climb the heights to physical empowerment and discover that a pole can be decorated by much more than barber stripes and yard-sale signs.
To travel the world, Rhode Islanders need only go as far as The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance. Here, teachers and students alike help preserve the traditional arts of far-flung and local cultures alike. Artists undulate in belly-dance classes, issue bluesy warbles in Singing Sirens, and drum like members of the Ghanese Ga in West African ensemble at this multifaceted arts academy.