Queens Dance Project’s team of lifelong dancers coach students through workout-oriented dance routines. During the newly unveiled pole-dancing workshops, students build muscle tone while executing spins and tricks under dimmed studio lights. Alternatively, Zumba classes keep heart rates high by pairing hip-swiveling moves with Latin beats, and tap-dancing sessions teach students how to make it rain using just their shoes. Youngsters can also build coordination and confidence at the studio, which has an age-stratified youth program to nurture kids 2 years and older with mat work and musical instruments.
Located at the borderline of Queens and Nassau in Long Island, RhythmZ Studio Dance & Fitness believes that when clients are having fun, they're motivated to keep up their fitness routines. At this vibrantly painted, Zumba-oriented fitness studio, classes are designed to feel more like dance parties than workouts. Students can take Zumba, Zumba Toning, and Zumba Sentao—which pair Latin beats with cardio and muscle-sculpting movements—as well as total-body-conditioning and salsa classes.
Unlike fashion trends, one-hit-wonders, and tattoos that say “I voted for Nixon,” flat stomachs and well-defined muscles never go out of style. Fueled by Joseph Pilates's core-focused philosophy and signature workout regimen, the certified instructors at A Body in Balance Pilates Studio strive to keep abs and limbs toned, leading group classes, private sessions within a mirrored studio stocked with row after row of reformer machines and other equipment, and preparing new instructors for BASI Pilates certification. When not helping beginner- and advanced-level students increase their muscle definition and balance, the staff spends its time and money donating to national and local organizations such as Three Square, Positively Kids, Woman’s Club of Summerlin and local schools.
Jak Karako and partner Zehra Karako love to dance, so much so that their passion has taken them around the world. From New York to Rome to Istanbul, Jak and Zehra have shared their knowledge with other like-minded dancers and performed in off-Broadway productions. At Baila Tango, Jak and Zehra teach their favorite social-dancing pastime, the tango, as well as salsa. Having worked with beginners, intermediate students, and more experienced dancers alike, they are able to tailor their teaching approach to each individual student during private and group lessons.
After a performance of The Nutcracker, Cirque Du Soleil, or the Radio City Rockettes, it’s not uncommon to see the dancers head down to teach a class at Nancy's Dance Factory. Led by Nancy Hayden, the artistic director, the team at Nancy's Dance Factory has been enriching students’ lives with dance for more than 35 years. They specialize in a variety of dance styles, ranging from ballet and tap to tumbling, pointe, hip-hop, and contemporary. Nancy's Dance Factory welcomes boys and girls as young as 2.5 years old.