Trapezes, lyras, and slings dangle above the stage and classrooms at Zuzi!, a nonprofit organization with an affinity for the expressiveness of modern dance and the gracefulness of aerial maneuvers. The source of this passion rests within cofounder and artistic director Nanette Robinson—who is a certified Skinner Releasing Technique instructor—and radiates outward to talented teachers who lead dance classes ranging from aerial and ballet to funk. It also fills the studio’s troupe of performers who frequently pack Zuzi!’s 135-seat theater for seasonal performances, including an annual Winter Solstice Concert. Their mission also involves spreading the message of modern dance as far as possible, which is why they schedule an open aerial class during Friday happy hour and offer classes for kids as young as 4 years old.
After a life-changing car accident, Steps Dance and Fitness Studio owner Melissa Watkins thought she had lost her ability to dance for good. Through gradual exercise and her discovery of Zumba, Melissa gained a passion and appreciation for motion, which she shares with all who step onto the studio's wheat-hued hardwood floors. Instructors lead a multitude of classes that include weightlifting sessions to tone muscles and slow-paced workouts that forge the core strength needed to carry boulders to see the ocean for the first time. From beneath the raspberry walls, strains of music hint at the cumbia, merengue, and salsa tunes that fuel up-tempo dance sessions.
Carol Sottosanti inherited her love of hitting high notes and cutting rugs from her father, an opera singer who inspired her to pursue a degree in vocal performance from the University of Arizona. Naturally, Carol wanted her children to also experience the beauty and exhilaration of performing on stage, but she couldn't find a program that would grant her kids the proper exposure and practice they needed. Teaming up with other moms in the community, Carol organized a few small shows starring the neighborhood's charismatic children, and subsequently, Kids Unlimited was born. Since its inception in 1986, KU Studios still produces shows regularly, preparing their young performers with various classes in vocal performance, dance, and acting. Aspiring triple threats can dive into a wide variety of camps designed to hone singing and dancing skills, while promoting awareness of important topics such as bullying or the proliferation of mimes in Tucson. KU's outstanding performers earn their way into small-group ensembles that perform regularly throughout the community.
The trained and experienced instructors at Animas Center lead 15–20 students in yoga and Pilates classes on sprung wood floors specially designed to cushion yogis and foster healthy joints. Mix and match from the schedule's spectrum of body-bending classes, such as the VyaVinyasa class, which blends the kinetics of martial arts and dance with the contemplative posing of yoga. Yoga Nidra, a 45-minute guided meditation, disposes the stresses of the mind and the tensions of the body through a careful combination of relaxing exercises and supine positions that leave yogis as calm and centered as a monk encased in jell-o. Core-strengthening Pilates workouts, such as Pilates mat classes, comfortably cater to the spine through a series of floor exercises.
We offer classes in Ballet Barre, Belly Dancing, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Yoga, and Swing Dancing. By popular demand we now offer Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet class for ages 18 months to 7 years. We also host a monthly swing dance and provide affordable rental space for local artists.