Why is the studio's schedule so packed with fitness-tinted dance classes? "Because sweating is fun," explains its slogan. Between yellow-green walls, professional dancers teach kids and adults how to cut rugs and stay fit at the same time. Classes like Zumba, Pilates-infused burlesque, and hip-hop dance classes let on-staff choreographers showcase skills they also employ for special events—customers commission them to polish their wedding and quinceañera dances.
Voted Austin's best dance studio in Best of Citysearch 2010, D'Ette & Co. Dancers staffs an experienced squad of instructors to help movers and shakers of all ages and experience levels learn the art of dance. With today’s deal, youngsters can pepper their feet with a mélange of tap, ballet, and tumbling instruction in seven once-weekly hour-long combination classes, helping them develop the self confidence and discipline they’ll need in today’s modern world of contentious dance-offs and tightly choreographed street fights. Click here to see the class schedules for each of the three locations. In the five-day summer camps, daily three-hour sessions combine dance lessons with fun camp activities such as story time and arts and crafts. Like NASA’s traditional Thursday-night house parties, the camp sessions have a different theme each week.
Lisa Burns, mother and founder of Mixed Pickles Dance Studio, popped the lid on a unique approach to the traditional dance studio by encouraging children 9 months–17 years old to explore a medley of dance styles without the pressure and expense of long-term classes. The schedule teems with classes in such styles as ballet, jazz, hip-hop, or baby dance—sessions in which infants ages 9 months–3 years old and their moms practice basic movements and gambol about as happily as a pair of golden retrievers in a meadow of fresh laundry. Choose between a four-week end-of-summer dance session meeting one evening a week between August 1 and August 29 or an eight-week back-to-school boogie fest also convening one evening a week from August 29 to October 24. Boy and girl toe tappers can hone hokey-pokeying prowess in a nurturing environment during one-hour classes of up to 15 wigglers. During the last 15 minutes of the final class, pupils will regale family, friends and discerning teddy bears with a mini recital.
Dance Xplosion's five-class pass encourages fleet-footed forays into an assortment of classes, taught by a staff of glissading gurus and fit for all levels of experience. Dance Xplosion's roomy studios are located within a short saut de chat of one another, and are artfully outfitted with wall-to-wall mirrors and booming sound systems. Gambol across professional-grade, joint-coddling Marley floors while perfecting appendage articulations in forms including tap, jazz, and ballet. For those with less twinkling toes, fitness courses in mat Pilates and Hatha yoga are also available to help guests gain the strength and flexibility of a rubber band made out of steel. Some classes require specific clothing or equipment; check the Dance Xplosion website for more information on classes and attire. Dancewear and other gear is available nearby at Bright Lights Dancewear. Call to make your reservations.
Under the guidance of experienced instructors, the youth-focused Ballet Southwest Academy transforms the pitter-patter of tiny feet into elegant pas de deux in a state-of-the-art studio. Creative Movement class acquaints tots with the basics of ballet through demonstration, imitation, and slow-motion reenactments by marionettes. For 75 minutes each week, as they twirl across the floor, pint-sized pirouetters learn ballet movements and their etymology, practicing motions such as the cappuccino-unrelated frappé. With classes of 8–10, low student-to-teacher ratios can ensure copious amounts of attention, from perfecting positions to untangling limbs from their reflections in the wall-spanning mirrors. A specially engineered dance floor reduces fatigue and helps prevent gravity-related injuries.
Mary Bastos and Fanny Gonzalez want exercise to be fun. That's why they lead high-energy Zumba classes at Corazon Latino Dance Studio, the business they founded together after meeting in 2009. By setting easy-to-follow dance steps to infectious Latin rhythms, the duo helps participants burn calories and tone muscles while having fun and staying motivated. Bastos and Gonzalez also offer up personal training sessions along with nutritional guidance, both of which assist guests in reaching goals such as increased endurance and weight loss.