The fleet-footed instructors of National Dance Clubs shepherd students of all skill levels through a variety of dance styles and techniques. Aspiring hip-swivelers can acquire the moves necessary to woo passersby into impromptu swing sessions with an introductory dance package, which includes two private 50-minute lessons to get the dance ball rhythmically rolling. Solo dancers—who will be paired with an instructor—and cha-chaing couples take to the 2,000-square-foot dance floor, learning the steps, dips, and secret handshakes of American, international, and social dance disciplines, including bolero, fox trot, rumba, waltz, and tango.
“We remember that everyone was a beginner at some point, even us!” says the Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s website, which displays many of the award-winning team’s words of encouragement to their students. Whether participants are new to dance or want to become the next superhero known for their crime-fighting tango, comprehensive lessons from the internationally recognized team in ballroom, Latin, and swing dance can get them there. Weekly social parties also gather students from all levels in a relaxed space where they can try out what they gleaned in class and learn a few new steps, too.
Dance Tonight co-owner Jeremy Norris knows his students. "When it comes down to it, everyone really dances for one reason: to have fun," he states on his school?s website. Co-owner Emily Loyless and their staff of fellow NDCA-registered instructors share his sentiment. In addition to teaching salsa, west coast swing, and country dancing, their dance studio turns into a ballroom dance party on Friday nights where students practice moves from their lessons. Norris and company also schedule Zumba dance fitness classes, whose calorie burn far exceeds that of completing 100 Macarenas.
Founded by husband-and-wife and USA-Dance competitors Philip and Ann Carter, Dance Dimensions teaches fledging rug-cutters to dance while focusing on fitness and fun. In one-on-one lessons, student and teacher will engage in a delicate dance of instruction, learning basic movements and steps in dance variations such as tango, waltz, and foxtrot. Group classes take place every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. and continue to teach the basics while allowing hip-swinging pupils to meet one another. Every group lesson is followed by a dance party, giving dancers a fun, smoke-free environment to show off their new moves and mingle with fellow aficionados of rhythmic movement. As an added bonus, the active, sustained dance at Dance Dimensions’s parties can burn hundreds of calories and inspire higher self-esteem. Dancers are counseled to wear comfortable clothes and avoid rubber-soled shoes.
SalsaKnox owners and instructors Waldo Solano and Jacqueline Sellers direct students of all experience levels in the art of salsa and the slower, more sensual bachata dancing. Students attend group classes to learn dance fundamentals such as how to properly lead and follow, leading to laser-like precision in post-class games of Simon Says. Solano and Sellers share professional techniques that emphasize footwork and add stylistic flair to body movements. The pair also tutors dancers in important body signals that help partners to synchronize steps and silently discuss the stock market. First-timers can groove confidently without need of a partner.