When discussing his teaching philosophy with reporters from Central Florida Lifestyle, the owner of Salsa Heat quipped, "if you can walk, you can dance." He himself didn't know much about dancing when he took his first salsa class in the early 90's, but he caught on after just a few sessions, falling in love with the dance's energetic spins and rhythmic movements.
Today, a team of professional dance instructors teach salsa spins and footwork to students of all experience levels. Zumba and bachata classes provide tutoring in other Latin dance styles, and salsa classes for kids teach youngsters dance fundamentals that hone coordination and motor skills. Throughout the year, the staff hosts special events on their spacious dance floors, such as salsa socials, salsa Christmas parties, and salsa-infused celebrations of Robert Heinlein's birthday.
Cheryl L. Sington's interdisciplinary dance and fitness training has led her to study with, and sometimes even work with, famed figures such as John Landis, Michael Jackson, and Natalie Cole. As the owner of The Dance Warehouse, she passes on her experience in a setting that's professional, yet noncompetitive and fun-focused. Programs for children and adults span nearly every dance genre, including beginner through advanced training in jazz, tap, hip-hop, and ballet. The studio also branches out to include instruction in areas such as musical theater and acrobatics. To supplement these courses, The Dance Warehouse hosts special workshops and master classes, many led by guest choreographers.
Just Dance's owner Lynda Taylor and her partner Glenda White are devoted to making the world a more graceful place. Lynda, a certified etiquette instructor and teacher with 35 years of experience, partnered with certified ballroom dance instructor Kevin Rios and associate instructor Glenda White to help make the seemingly rigid rules of the dance floor easier to navigate for adults, children, and the butlers trying to take their coats. To help get things moving, most adult dance programs begin with 55 minutes of instruction time, where first-time rug cutters learn the foundation for tango, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, and swing before putting the steps into practice at the end of class. Though good taste usually dictates that dancers should never waltz by themselves or with the family dog, students need not worry if they can't find a partner, since the instructors will happily pair them with someone in the class.
Outside the ballroom, Just Dance also offers yearlong programs through its etiquette academy, where children aged 5–17 years develop skills related to sharing, table manners, and how to disarm a bully with a firm, respectful handshake. Kids can also exert energy in summer camps that include field trips, creative projects, and dance instruction in various styles such as hip hop, lyrical, and ballet.
Drawing on skills showcased on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance and MTV's Made, Elegant Rumba's dance instructors Nery Garcia and Giana Montoya instill feet with the fluid movements and rhythmic steps of salsa and bachata dance styles atop the sleek hardwood floors of a mirror-flanked ballroom. The dancers specialize in LA–style salsa, distinguished by its intense movements, flashy spins, and focused musicality. Bodies sway to saucy Latin beats, becoming fluent in the language of dance through personalized private lessons and convivial group classes. The classes regularly rotate dance partners, allowing students to become more flexible dancers and forego the need to bring a dance-savvy companion or grow a clone of Patrick Swayze. After sessions, students practice newfound steps in a number of monthly parties and events.
In more than 25 years of professional dancing experience, Sergio Moya has learned one thing: dancing is for everyone. With this philosophy, he leads a team of instructors who teach dancers of every stripe the fundamentals with simple, beginner steps or advanced toe-twirling techniques. The staff’s expertise ranges across the full physiokinetic spectrum, guiding dancers through private and social lessons in styles such as ballroom, rumba, foxtrot, waltz, and salsa.
Rhythm In Motion’s staff of twirling professionals brings forth extensive skills in everything from salsa to ballet to the foxtrot. The instructors teach the secrets of graceful movement to students of all levels during group lessons or private lessons for individuals or couples. A 90-minute practice party on Fridays then encourages students to practice newly learned moves, socialize, and perfect dips and twirls away from the judgmental eyes of the family guinea pig.
For the past 17 years, Kevin Marone and Charles Morely have been engaging their community with a passion for dance. In that time, they have cultivated a team of expert instructors who fill Crystal Ballroom’s sprawling wooden dance floor with students of all ages and skill levels. Dance coaches teach private and group lessons, host dinner-and-dancing socials, and even instruct students preparing for competition. Their wide range of expertise ensures that rug-cutters can focus on any style they may be looking for, from tango and waltz to East Coast swing and foxtrot.