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. 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.
Beloved boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys rev the engines of adoration among droves of fans with their poptastic summer tour. New Kids on the Block has been plucking heartstrings and handcrafting harmonies since 1986, combining a collection of international hits such as "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step" with five-part choreography and fashionable duds. Following in their footsteps, the Backstreet Boys began blowing up charts in the '90s, producing a songbook replete with favorites such as "I Want It That Way," "All I Have to Give," and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." The NKOTBSB Tour brings both acts together for a songful extravaganza, forming the more perfect union prophesied nearly 50 years ago by the Constitution. The May 25 concert also includes the vocal virtuosity of special guest and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, adding to an ear-pleasing stew of dulcet melodies sure to soothe the most savage beast or most irascible mail carrier.
Simply Ballroom’s resident instructors utilize their experience navigating dance floors to bolster students’ body movements in drop-in group classes and private lessons for all ages and skill levels. Students can initiate a new dance career or refine familiar steps alongside like-footed individuals through focused tutelage in Viennese waltz, West Coast swing, foxtrot, and a mélange of Latin styles. During group lessons, students grasp their favorite partner or nimblest coat rack to glean the basic step counts and intricate maneuvers of the chosen discipline as instructors provide helpful correction and encouragement. On Sundays, practice parties lend ballroom pupils the chance to showcase newly learned steps in a public setting while enjoying the camaraderie of other students, outside dancers, and overzealous Broadway casts escaping public-disturbance charges.
Owner Jessica Jones-Healey founded Tidewater Studios for the Arts Inc. in 2009 as a noncompetitive forum for kids to practice performing and visual arts. Winner of a 2011 Virginian-Pilot Reader's Choice Award for Best Dance Studio and Best Performing Arts Academy in Portsmouth, Western Branch, Churchland, and North Suffolk, the facility inspires children with engaging explorations into the joys of hand-made art, hand-played music, and hands-free dance.
A conservative, values-driven, European-style classical ballet and contemporary dance school that focuses on cultivating proper technique in a positive, joyful and non-competitive environment. Our director looks at each individual's goals and helps meet those needs.
Boasting the largest ballroom in the Hampton Roads area, DanceSport VA helps transform hands-in-pockets swayers into floor-shredding hoofers as if every class were a celebratory end-zone dance. A talented staff of shimmying smooth steppers boasts over 200 years of collective dance experience. During two private half-hour lessons, students will learn practical and stirring dance techniques with an expert instructor trained to help dancers overcome their individual obstacles. Go cheek-to-cheek with a handsome stranger or toe-to-toe with new friends at your energetic group lesson, and keep your newfound dance skills sharp at a practice session following your group lesson. Most classes last 45 minutes, and practice sessions can pack in a full hour of Argentine tangos and artful dips. A guest partner or a Kevin Bacon impersonator may accompany you during any of these lessons, or you can go on your own and secretly store up moves to bust like a piñata full of impressive footwork and shimmy confetti. DanceSport VA’s versatile schedule offers a wide variety of rump-shaking lessons, which include cha-cha, club, waltz, samba, and the submarine chicken. Additionally, students will finally be able to feel confident and ooze swagger at social functions, becoming the focus of fellow dancers at weddings, clubs, and laser hair-removal-clinic waiting rooms.