Dance Arts Studio ensconces students in a nurturing yet challenging environment; its instructors draw upon lifetimes of dance experience to impress spinning silhouettes with the expressive power of movement, line, and composition. One night a week for five consecutive weeks, students 12 years and older can gain a greater understanding of specific dance forms through physical training, mental preparation, and refrigerator poetry. Three styles of dance await ingénues and experts, from the abstract arabesques of a 60-minute modern-dance session to the hip-hop-anticipating syncopation of a 60-minute jazz-dance session. Seventy-five-minute Pilates/ballet combo classes cross-train muscles, sculpting cores capable of holding balance and sustaining pirouettes fast enough to reverse the Earth’s rotation.
At Guzmán's, owners Michael Guzmán and Jennifer Greene and their talented staff of experienced hoofers lead students of all ages through torso-twisting routines in weekly beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. Hip-hop dance classes mine pulsating beats that spur bodies to pop, lock, and break, and beginning instruction in salsa teaches students the basic steps and vocabulary of the sultry dance. High-energy Latin sounds reverberate through frames in cardio-focused Zumba classes, which help tone cores and limbs with easy-to-copy moves. Test out musical-theater choreography and practice the motions dictated to you by the tiny dancer living in your cerebellum while gliding across the Stagestep dance floor in one of three separate studios.
Veteran fitness instructor and eminently certified Zumba coach Kat Bombard understands that sometimes, exercise is only as effective as it is entertaining. That’s why she and Dancing Kats’ tight-knit team of instructors lead pupils through Zumba’s core-boosting aerobic dance moves, which gain extra excitement thanks to the workout system’s signature infectious Latin rhythms and beats. In addition to sweating away excess calories and maintaining healthy hearts with Zumba dancing, students also build targeted muscle groups with body tone classes or work midsections into rippling washboards with express abs courses.
Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a franchise cofounded by the iconic Fred Astaire himself. The experienced dance instructors at this studio are trained to patiently teach students the basics of many different dance styles, from swing to salsa to waltz. During each private session, clients will learn the steps to the dance of their choice, learning to move with personalized attention. Each group session helps clients learn to dance with new partners and pick up new steps.
DMB Dance Productions owner-director Danae Bader has been a professional dancer since the age of 12. As a performer, she's appeared at Aloha Stadium for the 2003 Pro Bowl and on the stage of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance. As a teacher, she's directed an inner-city arts program and served as a judge and instructor for a major dance competition. Danae and her staff at DMB train dancers of all ages and abilities, whether they're just starting out or preparing to compete.