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.
Dance is all about motion, so it’s fitting that Dancer-Strong began as a mobile dance-teaching operation. Skilled instructors have traveled all-over to different studios to educate students. Eventually, the desire to teach a full schedule of classes led the group to open their four-studio academy in 2012. They quickly expanded their offerings with a selection of fitness classes.
Today, the instructors teach 11 forms of dance as well as 11 different fitness classes, and an outdoor boot camp. In the next room, they might be torching calories with Zumba or kickboxing. They also teach students how to perform classical steps in ballet and move to the contemporary rhythms of hip hop.They even offer an entire track of dance classes geared toward home-schooled students’ unique schedules.
Husband and wife duo Tabora and Toy Laster, owners of Choice Training Group Fitness, electrify the studio with their characteristic energy. Whether they're dressing up in hokey hula shirts to promote Zumba fitness parties or bringing in guest instructors to host self-defense sessions, the two aim to create a gym that feels like an inclusive club.
Newbies and old hats jump into a diverse set of classes, ranging from group fitness and boot camp, to pole-dancing sessions in the Kandy & Krome room, a mirror-lined, pole-bestrewn sanctuary for flirty fitness. Alongside high-energy cardio classes such as Belly Dance Fusion, Absolute Abs, or Zumba, the studio hosts bachelorette parties, couples massage sessions, and workshops on effective methods for releasing stress.
No matter the student's age, ability level, or style of dance they'd like to master, the instructors at Power House of Dance probably teach a class to match. They lead dozens of classes Monday–Thursday at their two studios, which earned the 2010 Park Cities Neighbors Choice Award for Best Dance Studio. Kids can learn new moves in ballet, lyrical, tap, or high-kick classes, among a plethora of other choices, or take their skills to the competitive level on a dance team, which range in style from a drill company to a cheer power squad to a Boyz Squad. Ballet and ballroom dance classes teach adults fancy footwork, and yoga and Zumba classes help them whittle down waistlines without hitting the treadmill or bench-pressing another dancer. In addition to teaching group classes, the instructors impart individual attention in private lessons.
When Dancing With the Stars' contestants Emmitt Smith, Mark Cuban, Michael Irvin, and Jake Pavelka needed a place to sharpen their rug-cutting capabilities, Cheryl Burke told them to look no further than Studio 22. Studio 22's talented instructors even performed on Dancing With the Stars in October of 2012. Founded by internationally ranked Latin dancing couple Sergey Korshunov and Michelle Hafle, the studio lassos a stable of instructors handpicked from the highest levels of professional competition. Their group classes and private lessons give beginners and seasoned dancers alike the opportunity to polish their performance in styles as diverse as Argentine tango, salsa, ballroom, swing, and country and western.
The 6,200-square-foot studio accommodates classes of every size with its rich wooden floors, wall-length mirrors, and plush leather seating with which to rest feet between exercises and build forts whenever the instructor leaves the room. Studio 22 also hosts weekly dance parties that give students a chance to take new partners for a twirl in convivial, BYOB soirées.