The experienced instructors at Ruth's Robics and Dance Co. guide groups of fitness-seekers through body-strengthening, Pilates, and step aerobic, and strength-training classes while stressing improved balance and muscle control. Body-strengthening sessions pit complacent fibers against an emotionless trio of weights, resistance bands, and balls, which sculpt toned torsos and prompting shy curves to emerge from epidermal covers. Flat surfaces form the foundation for most buildings and for step aerobics classes, which begin with an upbeat cardio routine before transitioning into floor exercises that target major muscle groups. Link your brain to your body through breathing exercises during Pilates classes, which focus on core conditioning to fortify postures, strengthen abs, and help trainees achieve a leaner, healthier look.
Movement Matters guides students through a muscle-toning medley of fitness classes including pole-dancing workouts held in a gym bedecked in kaleidoscopic hues and DJ-quality sound and lighting equipment. Alluring and enjoyable, pole dancing cultivates strength and litheness with exercise that tests the mettle of every muscle in the body. Those looking to foster flexibility and basic pole precision climb up during the Pole Fit session, which imparts the foundational grips of bar work and readies pupils for more difficult maneuvers on the pole, such as parallel parking. After students complete one instructed drop-in session, they can sharpen their skills during Open Pole, a free-for-all forum ideal for practicing lessons from previous classes and perfecting impressions of billowing flags.
Shaker's professional-dancer founders Tracey and Jonathan Webb employ a team of experienced instructors to inculcate your body's fancy-free bases with awe-inspiring moves. Once dancers have been divided into groups for ages 6 to 8 and those 9 to adult—with levels appropriate for beginners and beginning-to-advanced students—students learn to express themselves by hopping hiply, slipping into grooves that stretch limbs, strengthen muscles, and rattle the bass on cardio boom boxes. Lads longing for a go-to dance move more masculine than giggling coquettishly behind lace fans can find one during Shaker's Boys Beginner & Advanced Hip Hop class. Appropriate attire includes jazz shoes, black leotard or T-shirt, and black jazz pants or shorts. View the class schedule and registration forms online, as well as friendly answers to incessantly asked questions.
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.
The talented team of resident instructors at Absolute Ballroom guides nimble feet across 2,500 square feet of dance floor during a series of group Latin-dance classes. Groups of approximately 40–70 students converge inside the studio for one-hour classes that allot space to learn an array of introductory skills, including how to perform basic Latin steps, or piece together clues to find a dance partner. Gliding guests perform the romantic lilting motions of bachata or the complex and majestic movements of the merengue, and cardiac systems get in a workout while learning the energetic and rhythmical cha-cha or hip-swiveling salsa. The classes build upon skills introduced from the first to the last class, and focus on the Latin social styles that will equip dancers for a night out at the club. Students can show off their new rug-cutting moves and r-rolling abilities during Sunday night salsa dances beginning at 7:15 p.m.
The instructors at Andrew Fulmer Dance Studios span several decades with their dance teaching, which encompasses styles from classic ballroom to hip-hop. They are also masters of exposure, drawing spectators to the art of dance through classes, performances at special events, and parties where returning practitioners twirl beside first-time guests. Fitness courses such as Latin cardio burn calories via boogying, and competitive dance training preps students to sidestep oil slicks left by saboteurs.
The movement maestros at Sharon Rae Dance School—named the best dance studio in Beacon four years in a row by Ohio.com—teach the fancy footwork of tap, ballet, and jazz to tots and youthful twirlers. In all the studios, including a colorful room designed for preschoolers, a layer of cushioning supports the shiny hardwood floors, warding off injuries as whippersnappers jive in musical-theater lessons and tumble with pompoms. All kids' classes are monitored through closed-circuit television, which keeps parents in the loop as they weld together first-place trophies in the waiting room. Students as young as 2 can build fine and gross motor skills in toddler sessions, and adults can leave their own cubicle-themed play sets to join fun Zumba workouts that combine aerobics and Latin dance moves.