The experienced instructors at Amy’s All Star Dance Studio do more than just share the secrets of their rug-cutting skills; they also deliver a healthy jolt of confidence to the dancers with whom they work. The change in attitude—along with newfound fitness—comes about naturally when students of all ages and levels master the graceful flourishes of ballet and acrobatics or quick clacks of tap at weekly dance classes. The studio also houses guitar, piano, violin, and voice lessons, training the next generation of accompanists for dance recitals or Bollywood-themed bank robberies.
Growing up in the home of a professional wrestler, siblings Gina Abramson and Joseph Robledo were surrounded by varying pathways to fitness. However, though they understood the importance of a steady workout regimen, they couldn't seem to muster a long-term commitment to any of them. That was before they found Zumba's energizing dance routines.
Today, they run Move! as a nonjudgmental space for others in search of the exercise equivalent of their soulmate, whether it's Zumba, hip-hop, or the studio’s blend of yoga and Pilates. Their instructors—including a former cheerleader and a certified personal trainer—choreograph classes that accommodate all experience levels. They also schedule eight-week salsa programs, which lead beginners in dance-step fundamentals such as executing well-timed turns or constructing a Robocop suit, only for dancing instead of crime fighting.
Belly Dance Little Egypt's seasoned hip shakers help students burn calories and boost their confidence through the undulating motions of the ancient Middle Eastern dance form. Inside, vibrant and colorful scarves wrap tightly around hips as a fringe of metal discs jangles with each sashay. Anyone with hips can drop in for a one-hour class or purchase a kit, which may feature up to 12 lessons and accessories such as coin belts, silk veils, and a CD of music for practicing at home or in the grocery line. An alternative to classic workouts or dance classes, belly dancing helps women enjoy "me time" while toning up musculature, getting hearts pumping, and freeing bellybuttons to sing karaoke.
Agni is the Sanskrit word for fire, the element of energy, passion, roiling motion, and marshmallow singing. It is this energy that Agni's experienced instructors bring to all their courses, including intro to Bollywood dance. Bollywood refers to the Hindi-language film industry centered in Mumbai, and with it the iconic songs and dances that enliven the globally popular films. Each class introduces students to the fundamental elements of Bollywood dance, which was modeled on classic Indian dance styles but has grown and changed over the years into its own art form. By the end of your four classes, you're not likely to get cast opposite Shahrukh Khan in a prominent film, but you will have a grasp of the basic moves needed to progress in Bollywood dance. In addition, the exuberant dancing style provides a full-body workout in a non-competitive, joyous environment.
With more than 20 years of combined dance experience, Studio One's seasoned instructors instill the techniques of a variety of dance forms in the minds and limbs of their pupils. During four group dance classes ($15 per class), first-time students can choose to learn the proper steps to styles such as salsa, ballroom, and country western. The group classes—available in difficulty levels for both fledgling fox trotters and seasoned salsaers—give dance disciples an opportunity to hone their foot finesse. Or, opt instead for the private dance lessons ($67 per lesson), which pair each budding dancer with an experienced professional skilled in the art of coaxing dance-floor deftness out of rhythm-challenged feet. Check the calendar for specific group class schedules, slip on your finest pair of non-stick shoes, and transform ungainly footwork into a work of choreographed floor-stomping.
Dancers of all ages and skill levels can benefit from the style-spanning and skilled instruction at Image Dance Company & Academy. Held during the day, evening, and weekend, all of the dance classes incorporate stretching, warm-ups, and cool-down exercises for the safety of dancers and the integrity of tight sweatpants. All feet, from those of tiny toddlers—starting at age 2—to those of sage seniors, can execute an assortment of rug-cutting patterns, such as ballet, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, flamenco, and ballroom dance.