The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Tallahassee, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Founded in 2008 under Henry Hernandez, professional ballet company World Ballet Inc. offers a preprofessional ballet program to its students. Along with ballet, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, and stretching classes taught by experienced instructors, child and adult clients can also take private ballet lessons and Pilates and yoga classes. Offering youth summer camps and a spacious 6,000-square-foot location, the studio takes dance in Tallahassee to the next level.
Art of the Catwalk, an AFAA-certified and 2012 Tally Award-winning pole-dance and fitness studio, is a venue for all women to tap into their wild sides regardless of age or build. The team of experienced dancers and coaches lead a diverse lineup of classes designed to stretch, tone, and choreograph. The team complements pole-dancing classes with Zumba, yoga, belly-dancing, and boot-camp courses for every fitness level. They cap class attendance at 40 participants (or around 10 for pole-dancing classes) to ensure personalized attention and enough space for clients to wear razor-edged tutus if they wish. Art of the Catwalk can also gussy up physiques outside of the fitness studio with an onsite full-service salon. It also employs Catwalk Kittens from Pretty Kitty Productions, a promotion company bent on spicing up most any event, to infuse personal parties with gravity-defying dance moves and infectious DJ beats.