Belly Dance Little Egypt's seasoned hip shakers help students burn calories and boost their confidence through the undulating motions of the ancient Middle Eastern dance form. Inside, vibrant and colorful scarves wrap tightly around hips as a fringe of metal discs jangles with each sashay. Anyone with hips can drop in for a one-hour class or purchase a kit, which may feature up to 12 lessons and accessories such as coin belts, silk veils, and a CD of music for practicing at home or in the grocery line. An alternative to classic workouts or dance classes, belly dancing helps women enjoy "me time" while toning up musculature, getting hearts pumping, and freeing bellybuttons to sing karaoke.
Dancers of all ages and skill levels can benefit from the style-spanning and skilled instruction at Image Dance Company & Academy. Held during the day, evening, and weekend, all of the dance classes incorporate stretching, warm-ups, and cool-down exercises for the safety of dancers and the integrity of tight sweatpants. All feet, from those of tiny toddlers—starting at age 2—to those of sage seniors, can execute an assortment of rug-cutting patterns, such as ballet, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, flamenco, and ballroom dance.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Dancing For Birth
Pro Tip: It's a good idea to dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat and possibly a yoga ball, if you have them.
As the Spanish translation of Raices de Arte Espanol attests, owners Carmen and Jose Linares each have strong roots in the arts. Born in Spain, Jose began playing guitar professionally at 12 years old, traveling the world to perform for icons such as President John F. Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco. Dancing by age 3, Puerto Rican–born Carmen trained in New York with the American Ballet Theatre, toured with the ballet companies of Philadelphia and San Juan, and began teaching flamenco in San Antonio in the 1970s. Today, the couple shares the art of flamenco with others at their studio, where students apply their own expressive twists to footwork and even wield castanets to clack out rhythms or Morse-code messages to one another as they dance.
Fleet-footed dance instructors Acenio and Lara will release the dance-floor cowboy within you through patience, clear instructions, and encouraging personal support. Even in a group setting, they pace each swish, dip, tap, and jig to the abilities of their clients. Both those accustomed to spinning their partners through the air and those born with two left feet and a tail that has toes are equally welcome. Learn the intimate, sassy swing of the Dominican merengue or the slower, more traditional elegance of the waltz. You can also bring your darts teammate along as a tango partner and entwine your passions in much the same way you accidentally entwined your braces with plastic six-pack rings. More than anything, though, you can have fun dancing and erasing all the self-consciousness that holds you back.
The nonprofit San Antonio Swing Dance Society has no other aim than to motivate the community to stay active through the art of swing dance. Participants enjoy the history and roots of swing dance and its era, and they honor the original dancers and musicians from the 1920s and 30s through swing-dance classes.