Jose Maldonado has been moved by the lively rhythms and smooth horns of Latin music as long as he can remember, swaying his body with the steps of Afro-Cuban, salsa, and cha-cha styles. The Puerto Rico native has been performing, choreographing, and teaching dance since 1999, appearing on stages and film sets across globe and working alongside stars such Oscar D'León, Grupo Niche, and The Black Eyed Peas. In 2004, Jose founded PasoFino Dance Studio, where he shares his passion for dance and years of expertise with aspiring students.
In his spacious studio, Jose and his staff of experienced dance instructors conduct private and group sessions in a variety of styles including salsa, mambo, cha-cha, and belly dancing. They work with students of all experience levels, guiding them through spins, body movements, and footwork at a comfortable pace. The dedicated dancers also choreograph, teach, and perform for special events—ideal for those who’d like to tango at their wedding or break into a lively mambo number during their next company financial-earnings presentation.
Street Studio's specialized instructors blend dynamic cardio workouts with street- and world-dance styles, garnering press attention from Fox and CBS as they help students boogie toward toned physiques. Each week, instructors host more than 15 Zumba and Flirty Girl Fitness courses, which impart a repertoire of musically synced moves for attendees to twirl off unwanted calories and koalas clinging to upper arms. Coach gams in ballet, tap, and jazz daytime dance programs, or, under the tutelage of renowned instructor Jimmy Rumba during Tuesday Night Salsa School, harness the power of spicy shimmies. Each salsa student receives a bachata or cha-cha bonus in each class and a salsa practice CD. Morning fitness classes pose participants into yoga and Pilates tableaus, while kickboxing courses prepare legs to knock out doors and back-talking drywalls. Bodies jive atop the dance studio's hardwood floors in view of bright graffiti murals and a glimmering disco ball.
Alternatively, the pole program imparts spinning techniques that strive to boost core strength and confidence. The intimate Wild Orchid pole studio pairs visitors with one of five poles for highly personalized lessons, divulging spiraling maneuvers and advanced tips for high-speed routines aboard carousels.
Signature service: Flamenco dance instruction for all ages
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: For your first class, wear comfortable exercise clothes and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Students have let me know that I've helped them gain a greater understanding of flamenco rhythm and that they've been able to advance at a much quicker rate.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
I take videos of all my lessons and choreography and provide my students with a private file so they can download the videos and practice at home.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
I stay away from having them imitate steps and would rather have them express their individual story through dance.
Is there anything else you want to add?
My classes are always fun and students feel like they can escape the mundane routines of their daily lives. At the same time, they learn to express who they truly are through flamenco, gain an extended family, and learn that we're on this earth to help one other and make life better. My classes aren't just dance classes, they're life lessons.
From adults looking for a new hobby to kindergardeners who dream of becoming ballerinas, students of all ages can find the dance lesson thats right for them at Studio 23. Instructors lead classes in a variety of styles, including ballet, hip-hop, and tap, as well as fusion classes that cover multiple dance disciplines.
Classes at Dance It Off keep beginner and intermediate dancers moving to diverse beats. For instance, Zumba, cardio dance funk and musical theater Broadway dance pay homage to two American-born genres. The new cardio world class pulls dance moves from countries all over the globe to create its fusion routines. And in addition to dance, the studio also offers strictly fitness classes such as yoga flow, Piloxing, and barre fitness.
In 2005, Kathy planted the seeds of All About Ballroom in her own living room, where she started prepping future newlyweds for their first dance. Since then, All About Ballroom has grown out of that living room and into three studio locations throughout the great Atlanta metropolitan area. At each location, Kathy and her team lead private and group dance lessons in an array of latin and ballroom styles. Staying true to Kathy's roots, All About Ballroom still works with couples to devise personalized wedding choreography. All About Ballroom also hosts dance parties where students can practice new moves in a social, encouraging environment.