Every week, The Palomar Ballroom's 80-year-old space reverberates with a DJ's Latin beats and synchronized salsa shimmies. Beneath a baroque chandelier, couples twirl passionately enough for the New York Times to deem this salsa party the "spiciest spot downtown." Owner and award-winning ballroom dancer Jeremy Pilling prizes the supportive atmosphere that allows his students to commingle at these parties, whose themes can also cover Argentine tango and swing.
To lead up to its festivities, The Palomar Ballroom hosts drop-in classes, weekly series, rehearsals for routines, and private lessons for dancers that range from beginner to expert. During these sessions, seasoned instructors stress the social aspects of dance while teaching the techniques, rotating partners often so that they can learn different ways to twirl, dip, and ceremoniously lacerate a rug. Visiting dance champions also lead workshops on their specialties, showcasing advanced steps in cha cha, samba, swing, rumba, and other styles.
Award-winning dancer Hans Schmitt founded Dance Boulevard back in 1997 as "The Floor." Since then, he has coached students of all sashaying abilities, enlisting the expertise of several instructors and the gravity-reducing power of NASA wallpaper to hold group and private lessons. The studio comes alive every weeknight with styles ranging from tango to swing, and regularly scheduled dance parties give guests and teachers the chance to schmooze between spins. Promoting educational outreach through rhythm, youth programs instill a passion for ballet, jazz and tap among newer generations.
If Jazzercise is a fleeting '80s memory for you, like your Betamax tape of ALF reruns or the "Frankie Say Relax" T-shirt you wear when bleaching the ceiling, today's Groupon gives you a chance to discover how the exercise phenomenon evolved into one of today's best total body workouts. Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Expect to burn up to 500 calories during each round. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though you won't need her moves to get the most out of your class. Review basic moves online before you go.
Leo Sidorenko and Olga Agafonova started dancing at age six. They were teaching dance by the ages of 14 and 15. After an international competitive dancing career, they have opened their own studio in order to teach others the art of ballroom dancing. They offer a variety of techniques such as tango, swing, salsa, and waltz, and offer classes for students of all levels from casual wedding dances to professional competitors.
The Santa Clara Ballet Company enlivens the holiday season with its annual production of the family classic The Nutcracker, now in its 37th year. This traditional production invites children and adults into Clara's escapade with gingerbread soldiers, the Mouse King, unionized sugarplum fairies, and a fructose-powered federation of candy-coated countries. The production promotes the organized distribution of holiday cheer with a gift boutique, raffle, and concessions. Parking is free at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Students at Motion Pacific learn innovative dance techniques by artfully moving limbs in classes ranging from tap dance to Afro Caribbean contemporary, as well as watching professionals glide onstage during Santa Cruz Dance's fall season. In a new facility, which combines 1,200- and 1,400-square-foot studios with sprung ash floors, Motion Pacific students learn how to shuffle-ball-change and pirouette from American Ballet Theatre–certified teachers and world-class hokey-pokey medalists. Motion Pacific’s Flex Dance Company class brings in company dancers to lead students, and its Pilates class provides an opportunity to strengthen and condition dancing limbs. Students can observe the graceful moves of Santa Cruz Dance pros in acts to be announced mid-August, and Motion Pacific’s fall session begins September 12.
Susan's Dance Studio is committed to the art of dance and healthful living. Our goal is to instill self-confidence, self-expression and an appreciation for the art of movement and music -whether you're dancing for fun, or to achieve a high level of self-accomplishment.