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.
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.
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.
At Arthur Murray Dance Center, highly qualified, highly educated dance instructors send students of all levels spinning, stepping, and sashaying across two spacious ballrooms. With a full schedule of classes every week, including beginner sessions of clogging, fox trot, tango, and salsa, the academy sharpens the skills of those individuals hoping to dance casually or competitively. It also offers specialized programs, such as wedding dance training and programs for younger dancers.
With more than 20 years of combined dance experience, Studio One's seasoned instructors instill the techniques of a variety of dance forms in the minds and limbs of their pupils. During four group dance classes ($15 per class), first-time students can choose to learn the proper steps to styles such as salsa, ballroom, and country western. The group classes—available in difficulty levels for both fledgling fox trotters and seasoned salsaers—give dance disciples an opportunity to hone their foot finesse. Or, opt instead for the private dance lessons ($67 per lesson), which pair each budding dancer with an experienced professional skilled in the art of coaxing dance-floor deftness out of rhythm-challenged feet. Check the calendar for specific group class schedules, slip on your finest pair of non-stick shoes, and transform ungainly footwork into a work of choreographed floor-stomping.
Vegas Stiletto Fitness was founded by Lisa Valdes-Romero, a former gymnast and Vegas showgirl who high-kicked and twirled across Sin City stages for eight years. Now, Lisa and her team of motivating instructors encourage women to express themselves through dance while achieving physical fitness. In signature courses and Ladies Night Out dance outings, women don sky-scraping heels and release their inner vixens through sensual choreography and elaborate mating screeches.