Led by experienced exotic dancer Nyla Farraz Pussycats Pole Dance leads flirty pole- and lap-dance classes to help women of all ages and fitness levels develop muscle while feeling sexy and embracing their womanhood. Nyla leads both women new to the moves as well as professionals through sexy moves around sturdy poles and chairs, teaching routines that develop core strength and control during weeks-long sessions. In addition to the long-term programs, Pussycats also offers party packages and drop-in classes such as pole stretch, cardio belly dancing, and exotic chair dancing.
As toes twinkle onstage, visitors can bask in the renovated scenery of Symphony Hall, which couples hand-blown glass chandeliers with a quartet of designer tapestries. One of the largest machine-made draperies known to man, the theater’s colorful Grand Drape symbolizes the renewal of generations, creativity, and library books discovered during fossil digs.
A sprawling mandala design covers the floor of Plaza de Anaya's main dance studio, welcoming dancers in with warmth and beauty. Amid that artistic setting, seasoned instructors teach dance styles from around the world that include belly dancing, barefoot flamenco, and anaya tribal dancing. Cultural gatherings are an important part of the school's community, which is why the studio also schedules an array of monthly events and workshops that might be dance-based or include henna tattoos that dance when you pinch them.
When Christine Lulek left her professional ballet career, she searched for something to fill the void. She eventually discovered and fell in love with Pilates, particularly because the intense core workouts reminded her of the exercises she performed back in her dancing days. She worked in different studios and trained with many teachers until, in 2005, she felt ready to own her own Pilates school. She bought Fitness Dynamics Studio from its owner, moved it to a larger location so she could augment its Pilates courses with dance classes, and began sharing her lifelong love of exercise with students.
Now, six additional teachers—with certifications ranging from STOTT rehabilitative Pilates to Zumba and turbo kickboxing—join Christine to supplement her courses. Together, the team fills six days a week with high-energy fitness classes, relegating all low-energy fitness classes, such as Power Napping, to Sunday afternoons.
It isn’t every day that a student and teacher become partners in business, but that’s what happened after Robin Dickson took his first dance class with Matthew Gann. A friendship formed between Dickson, a special-event planner since the age of 17, and Gann, an award-winning ballroom dancer who already owned studios of his own. After realizing ways their backgrounds complemented each other, the two decided to open Allure Dance Studio right next to Cumberland Mall. Experienced dance instructors cultivate twinkle toes in private and group dance lessons across the studio’s sleek hardwood floor. Up to 25 students practice salsa, tango, or merengue rhythms in front of a wall of mirrors that display each student’s progress and most intimidating dance face. All students of Allure can practice what they’ve learned at various parties and events organized by the studio that provide a place where all types of dance can be performed and celebrated.
Big cat Terry Schmoyer and his grooving kittens pound Fatcat Ballroom and Dance Company’s 5,800-square-foot floating hardwood floor with a variety of dance styles. Friday and Saturday group lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. each night, tangoing, waltzing, and swinging along for 45 minutes. The first class covers basic steps, and the second half works through more challenging dance patterns and introduces basic levitation. The Saturday-night party rewards class graduates with three hours of lively music, snacks, and ample space to practice new moves. Three 60-minute private lessons furnish solo shakers with in-depth technical instruction. Whether quickstepping through the foxtrot or preparing jaw muscles to clench rose stems throughout an extended tango, students easily gain and retain formal elegance thanks to traditional long-form teaching methods.