Tiese Morgan took over Hosanna Dance Studio in 1995, infusing the school with her lifetime of experience and vision of dance as a worshipful act. She started annual performances of Adventures in Narnia and founded the Hosanna Youth Performers company, giving her young dancers a chance to shine on stage rather than just in the classroom. She supplemented these news performance opportunities by increasing the variety of dance classes and the age range of students. Now, she and her staff teach everything from ballet and tap to modern and hip hop to kids, adults, and everyone in between.
Zumba Monmouth at The Dance Studio’s trio of footloose instructors—Elaine, Jeanette, and Janey—shimmy and shake up normal workout routines with heart-pumping, muscle-toning, and fun-inducing dance moves. Mirror reflections dance a combo of cumbia, merengue, and salsa steps as their owners flambé calories and tone muscles to Latin-inspired music and international beats infused with a club vibe. Since the goal is to keep moving, rather than to execute a perfect tour jeté or an impressive head spin, students need no experience to drop in whenever the urge to samba strikes. The studio modifies traditional Zumba with low-impact varieties that ease strain on joints and set a good example for orbiting asteroids with big ideas. Zumba Gold sessions open up the dance floor for older students, and Zumbatomic classes set kids aged 8–12 on the path to fitness.
Owner Lindsey Cooper founded Identity Dance Company in 2003 as a hip-hop studio that hoped to involve the community and provide a creative outlet with movement-based classes. Since then, the studio has expanded its scope and has begun to teach styles ranging from ballet to breakdance for all age groups. Lindsey's current staff—including several professional performers and three of Mikhail Baryshnikov's closest imaginary friends—oversees instructional training for performance groups as well as recreational sessions. The studio includes two separate practice spaces, which host group classes and private lessons throughout the week.
It’s not uncommon for beginners to trip over their own feet during a social dance class at Eugene Dance Studio; it’s just as likely, however, that they’ll laugh off their small mistakes and continue to build connections with their partners and fellow classmates. The studio’s instructors foster a welcoming atmosphere that allows for this kind of interaction and leaves room for a misstep here and there. The schedule of group classes encompasses Latin styles such as salsa and Argentine tango, as well as social dances geared toward couples. The instructors—some of whom boast than 20 years of dance experience—also train students privately in informal lessons that impart delicate steps in preparation for upcoming weddings or jewelry heists.
A dancer since 12, Jose Cruz moved to the states at the age of 18 and performed with a dance group in Eugene. Soon enough he realized that his talent and passion for dance was pushing him to start his own troupe. A few years later, Salseros Dance Company was born. Cruz also started a dance studio where he and his hand-selected instructors teach the dance styles that first enticed Cruz to the United States. Private and group classes along with workshops and parties give students a chance to learn at instructors' skilled dressed feet. During parties, Cruz himself DJ’s; students practice the steps they learned in class, or confusedly imitate their instructor and make disc-scratching sounds all night.
Ballet North West Academy employs an experienced staff versed in the graceful traditions of the Vaganova ballet method, as well as a variety of other dance styles. Today’s Groupon lets you choose one weekly class for a month from options that include traditional ballet classes, as well as Creative Dance, which teaches ballet, tap, and tumbling to physically dynamic 3- and 4-year-olds. Music and Dance (ages 4–5) focuses on fundamental ballet techniques as well as basic rhythmic patterns, while Pre-Ballet teaches dancers ages 5–7 barre exercises and feet positioning. Hip Hop (ages 6–8) gives kids the choreographed keys to a musical genre that that may cause them to spontaneously burst into rhymes. Small class sizes and a warm, friendly atmosphere make Ballet North West Academy an ideal spot for children to learn the Macarena moves that have made ballet so popular for centuries. Dancers are also entitled to 20% off dance wear.