Led by championship dancer Marco Mechelke, Dare to Dance's squad of experienced instructors help dancers of all experience levels to kick up their heels and ignite calorie bonfires. Up-tempo beats resound in high-energy Zumba and fitness classes, and quick-steppers master more than 15 styles in ballroom-dance classes. Wall-to-wall mirrors reflect synchronized fleet-footers as they cut and painstakingly resew rugs across three studios' combined 10,000 square feet of smooth, polished wood floors.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
McGing Irish Dancers teaches the exhilarating rhythms of Irish dance to both recreational and competitive dancers. Classes take place in a state-of-the-art Irish dance studio, taught by instructors certified by the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin, Ireland. As students hammer out jigs and flit through reels, they gain poise, confidence, and a class full of friends equally enthused about aquatic dancing on rivers. Held in a nurturing and friendly atmosphere, classes allow eager beginners and skills-buffing experts free reign to learn and express themselves without fear of ridicule. Regular rehearsal of slip jigs and set dances can serve as a gateway to the curly-haired world of Irish dance competitions or merely promote puppet-like upper body isolation over brassily boogying legs.
The intensively trained instructors at PoleKittens Fitness tighten bodies with seductive routines performed on the pole, chair, and floor. During 90-minute Intro to Pole workshops, students learn fundamental techniques stemming from PoleKitten’s palate of courses, including spins, filler and flow movements, and conditioning exercises. The 90-minute Three-Button Strip Tease workshop guides swishing hips through a choreographed lap-dance number that can easily be customized to favorite songs or husky recitations of tax forms. A weekly schedule of drop-in classes allows students to tackle the 42 spins and 180 dance moves comprising the 60-minute PoleFit curriculum or don their sexiest heels for Cardio Pole and Bubble Wrap Popping 101. With an emphasis on qualified coaching, each PoleKittens Fitness instructor undergoes an intensive AlphaKitten program including 12 months of supervised training before imparting their wisdom with students.
Terri Shaffner, a dancer with more than 30 years of experience, opened her own studio—Encore Performing Arts—in 2005. There, she and her team of talented instructors help children develop strength, confidence, and positive self-image through weekly dance lessons. Students stretch, leap, and spin during ballet, tap, and hip-hop classes. There's also a special program for dedicated homeschooled students, expanding their abilities in the fields of singing or dance.
Specializing in Latin and ballroom dancing, Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a national studio owned by luminaries such as New York's Yuriy and Alexandra Datsyk, 1993 Ukrainian Ballroom Dance Champions and Ukraine's representatives to the World Standard Championships. No matter how busy your schedule or how leaden your feet, Fred Astaire’s staff of professionally trained instructors can tailor private sessions to match any dancer's skill level and specific goals.
The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio's instructors understand that dancers learn in stages, which is why they utilize the popular Medalist system, where students work toward specific goals at each level. Dancers begin at an introductory stage, where they learn the basic steps of ballroom dances such as the Viennese waltz, foxtrot, and cha-cha, and Latin styles such as bolero or salsa dancing. From there, dancers increase their awareness of each movement, progressing from slow and somewhat unsure to consciously confident—striving to let the dance flow through them without thinking about each step or wondering if Fred Astaire ever tried the worm. Private lessons give students one-on-one practice time with instructors who move at a customized pace. Students then progress to group classes where they learn to dance with a variety of partners and pick up good dance habits, such as never biting their dancemate's nails. Scheduled dance parties create a relaxed, casual setting for further practice in the studio, which bathes dancers in a dreamy atmosphere complete with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, honey-hued wood floors, and the glittery twinkles of a disco ball.