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.
Whether students are just learning to walk or graduating from college, refining their classical ballet techniques or tearing it up in a hip-hop class, no matter their age, experience, or ability, they're sure to benefit from sessions at The Dance and Fitness Studio. Class sizes are kept small to ensure that every student gets ample individual attention. And The Studio's teachers are just that—teachers. They're not simply former professional dancers, but educators with years of teaching and dancing experience. The facility is large and cheery, with natural light pouring through windows onto the studio's wall of full-length mirrors. There, instructors lead classes ranging from classic dance techniques such as ballet, tap, and jazz to more nontraditional sessions such as yoga-inspired Stretch & Strengthen and Ballet Princess Fairy Camp, a four-day session designed for dancers aged 4–7 and ungraceful tooth fairies.
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.
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.
Valley Dance Academy teaches dances how to move with energy and grace in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz classes. Over the course of the year, classes build upon technique lessons, gradually improving dancers' skills. Then, every dancer is invited to showcase his or her work at one of the semi-annual performances.
When Lisa Stark's quest for a sensual, laid-back exercise class turned up nothing, she took matters into her own hands. To forge her ideal workout, which is a balance of sexy sizzle and athletic toning, Stark researched popular dance-fitness styles, documented choreography at local clubs, and even enlisted a former exotic dancer to teach her how to kick, saunter, and fill out tax forms in a sensual manner. The months of studying paid off—today, Lisa shares her wit, warmth, and fitness regimen with troupes of women at The Exotic You. Ladies of all fitness levels gather for classes that teach a complete routine of sensual dance moves, checking negative body-talk at the door and summoning their inner vixen out with slow leg extensions and passionate hip rolls.