Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
La Sole's International Performing Arts Academy's instructors educate graceful gallopers and ham-footed hoofers alike in the Spanish and Middle Eastern dance traditions. Owner Yvetta Garcia "La Sole," an award-winning dancer, instructor, and choreographer hailing from Andalusía, Spain, oversees a plethora of paw-popping classes. Fine-tune rhythmic hand-clapping, dramatic skirt-twirling, and non-lewd shadow-puppeteering with a flamenco class or brush up on posture, technique, and castanet skills in the Castanets & Classical class, which combines instrumental instruction with classic Spanish choreography. Check La Sole's schedule for a current list of classes.
From Mind to Body's empowering exotic-fitness classes help women achieve their physical fitness goals while bolstering self-esteem and confidence with a series of fun, sultry classes. If the only poles you've experienced are the horizontal ones that keep patrons from falling into the baboon pit at the zoo, the Pole Fitness Beginning Level classes teach sexy diva walks and seductive pole poses. Students can build a foundation for more advanced movements, such as grips, poses, rests, hand positions, momentum creation, and pose transitions. As fitness-seekers get better, they'll practice increasingly complex pole swings, tricks, and climbs—all of which tone the abs, legs, glutes, and arms far more intensely than hoisting a concrete hamster ball above one's head.
The mission of Glow Yoga Studio is for each class to feel relaxed and reflective, giving students a chance to clear their minds as they improve their flexibility and strength. This studio, tucked inside Riverside Jazzercise, has a small staff of three instructors, two of whom have backgrounds that include dance and a third who traveled to India to learn how to teach yoga. They lead all-levels classes in three practices: Hatha, deep-stretch, and a blend of Iyengar, Yin, and Anusara.
Dancemeister David Vanderzell transforms his lifelong passion for ballroom dance into a living through both the lessons and facilities at D&D's Dance Center. He and his cast of instructors aid beginners and aspiring professionals in lightening their feet within one of the establishment's four ballrooms, the largest of which measures a whopping 2,500 square feet, the size of a three- to four-bedroom house or the cramped dorm room of a gray whale. This grand ballroom also boasts a DJ booth, a full light and sound system, and a stage for live bands. A dance-supply store inhabits one of the building's many chambers, dealing in everything from championship costume design to emergency pairs of shoes for sudden danceoffs to determine to the fate of the nations.