Lynn Nykaza has been dancing for 27 years. She's performed at venues including Disney World and Opryland, and in 2009, she appeared on So You Think You Can Dance. At DFW Dance Force, Nykaza and her team of talented instructors teach rhythm and movement to children as young as 18 months old. Students practice ballet, tap, hip-hop, clogging, and other dances on glossy wood floors. Although most classes are for children, adults can cut a rug at tap-dancing classes for the over-18 crowd.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in ballroom 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 certified instructors, and the instructors will 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.
Signature service: Swing dance classes and dances
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: No need to bring a partner. Check out our website for helpful tips for your first visit with us, including parking.
Cofounded by dancing legend Fred Astaire to train new generations of rug cutters with his signature easy grace, Fred Astaire Dance Studio uses a unique curriculum to create comfort on the dance floor. Instructors start with steps and rhythms common to most social dances, steadily building toward more specialized combinations of moves for a variety of rhythm-dance styles such as cha-cha and samba and smooth-dance styles such as the foxtrot and waltz. Once they've learned to follow, lead, or just pare down unnecessary finger-snaps, students can take to the purple-walled dance floor to practice their steps and try on new partners at social parties.