BarreVite students may rely upon the ballet barre for support, but that doesn’t mean the workout caters to the meek. Its powerful blend of cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility intensifies ballet exercises and dance to fortify different muscle groups. Continuing education specialist and BarreVite creator Janet Tissot Parks and her protégés also share their expertise with aspiring BarreVite instructors during intensive certification courses.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio 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 an instructor as the teachers 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.
Helmed by an award-winning performer and experienced instructor, Sabrina Bellydancer imparts bountiful body waves and seductive shimmitude to movers of all skill levels. Whether you wish to burn calories, tastefully flutter a tummy flag tattoo, or sensually dodge paintballs, the weekly beginner classes work to tame lower halves Monday through Wednesday. Aspirant belly-dance junkies can get their fix learning classic movements such as hip circles, figure eights, undulations, and shimmies. On Monday evenings, mixed-level classes combine levels one, two, and three for instruction that tailors its intensity to each participant’s appropriate skill level and favorite meteorologist. Non-noisy hip scarves are permitted, and dancers can feel free to don dance shoes or proudly brandish naked feet.