Wendy Streib began dancing when she was just a toddler, and her dedication brought quick success; by age 12, she'd tapped her toes and twirled on television more than 50 times. She wanted to share her passion for dancing with others, and so she opened Accent: Wendy's School of Dance in 1963. Ever since, she and her team of talented instructors have taught ballet, jazz, tap, and other forms of expressive movement on the studio's custom-made dance floors. Although the classes are structured, teachers encourage creativity and strive to provide a supportive, positive environment.
Armed with 21 years of training in various athletic disciplines and multiple certifications through organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Jason Yun helps clients to mow down calories. With his assistant coaches Rick Locke, Bob Benden, and Bob Carleton, he bolsters the physical prowess and mental focus of students during multi-week boot camps. In addition to the camp, he teaches advanced classes such as Kettlebell Khaos or the blazingly fast-paced YunFit. In the latter, Yun shouts out a series of cardio and strength-training commands such as “pushup,” “squat,” or “go home and make a wheatgrass smoothie.”
The professional instructors at The Dance Extension help students to discover their fancy feet, whether they are planted firmly on the ground for a tap performance or gracefully dangling midair from a trapeze. During the one-hour sessions, professional trapeze artists show aspiring air swingers how to fly upside down and perform a summersault or a birdcage, in addition to myriad other techniques and maneuvers.
You see that special someone heading toward you across the room, and your anticipation builds to butterfly-bursting levels. “May I have this dance?” they ask. Thankfully the dance is the chicken dance, which all human beings learn in the womb. Had the dance been of the more challenging variety, you may have been stuck in fantasy limbo without today’s Groupon. For $15, you’ll get four ballroom dance classes ($20) and one private lesson ($25) at Emerald City Ballroom Dance Club ($45 total value), located a few fox trots from downtown Columbus in Dublin. Your Groupon is good for one dancer, so partners should pick up two. The basic moves of ballroom dancing are easily learned in a single afternoon, but their ultimate mastery can take weeks of practice. These moves include the sweep, the whalebone bustle, the glasgow haircut, and of course, the broken arrow."
You can hear heels click-clicking in time with the music during each group lesson at Fred Astaire studio. The same wood floor here transforms into a gathering place for the school’s dancers when the studio hosts its regular dance parties. On those nights, students come to practice the moves they learned in class, be they social or ballroom dancers. Instructors also teach private dance classes so you can brush up on moves before a wedding or perform jury duty as a mime.
Arthur Murray 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.