Bursting with two fully equipped dance studios and a philosophy of noncompetitive learning, Dance Center of LaGrange brings skilled teachers and a miscellany of dance types to the feet of dancers both young and old. Tykes can twirl toward the 45–60 minute summer-session classes to introduce tentative toes to preballet and creative movement (ages 3–4), learning new moves and gaining confidence while composing a rhythmic symphony with their 10-toed orchestra. The Storycise class (ages 3–5) combines storytelling and exercise to produce a hybrid fitness adventure filled with heart-pumping moves and poses that spell entire novel chapters. Teens can hit up the modern/jazz class for a medley of Broadway-style shimmying, and grown-up steppers can twist into adult tap, lacing up specialty shoes to conquer rapid routines and drum out grocery lists onto the hardwood floor.
Though its exhibitions often focus on the visual arts, Rumble Arts Center's educational programs encourage creativity in all its forms. Artistic inspiration may manifest in capoeira dance classes, or amateur painting sessions where students sip glasses of self-brought wine. Visitors may also discover an interest in digital media, or make use of the open art studio. The nonprofit welcomes creative community endeavors of all kinds into its spaces, whether it's a donation-driven market, a DJ dance party, or a theatrical performance protesting the cancellation of Frasier. Additionally, the organization works to offer a range of free programs to children and adults from the local community.
The fleet-footed experts at Dance Academy of Salsa, such as Miguel Mendez, school rug-cutters of all ages and abilities in the fundamentals of latin light-tripping. During your six one-hour group classes, you'll master the rhythmic rudimentals of salsa, bachata, merengue, cha-cha, or mambo, starting with the most basic steps, and progressing each week to incorporate turn patterns, cross-body leads, and the fine art of romancing a pineapple with your eyes. Guys will learn to lead, ladies will learn to follow, and partners will rotate frequently to keep things fun and flirty for partner-less promenaders.
Back in 1974, Lou Conte Dance Studio was nothing more than a twinkle in Claire Bataille's eye. Nearly 40 years and a slew of international acclaim later, the studio has become a pillar of the Chicago dance community. Today, Bataille—who earned the Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Dancer— and her staff lead more than 70 dance and fitness classes every week for teens, adults, beginners, and professionals. Their regular workshops delve into the nuances and history of dance, enhancing the curriculum with focused lessons and special lectures on the dangers of carelessly discarding banana peels.
Sisters Kerry and Krista Knee combined Kerry’s business know-how with Krista’s passion for fitness to create Flirty Girl Fitness, an all-female studio that torches calories during more than 100 classes a week. Their hand-picked fleet of all-female instructors teaches a variety of empowering classes, such as Abs & Booty, Pole Dancing, and Kick Ass Cardio. The studio also streams entire, uncut classes for Flirty Girl Fitness Live, a program beamed to out-of-towners who want to brush up on their dance moves. Weekend classes and private bachelorette parties invite ladies to sip cocktails from the licensed bar while they dance on the bar-top, spin on poles, chair stripteases,or get pampered in the spa.