Sacramento Pole Dance Studio transports ladies out of their gym routine and into a sultry, comfortable environment painted in opposing tones of pink and black. The sassy curriculum aims to transform ladies of all ages into shapely, self-confident performers. Inhibitions melt away and ponytails fall out of scrunchies as women get in touch with their seductive side while twirling around dance poles or strutting around chairs, or unleash their inner Hulk as they rip the pole from its foundations with newfound upper-body strength. Instructor-led choreography sneaks into sessions to strengthen muscle groups, improve flexibility, and imbue spines with a confident posture
The welcoming instructors at Sacramento Pole Fitness guide students of all experience levels through fun, sweat-inducing sessions of vertical acrobatics. In private, fitness-based classes, the teachers meet students in one-on-one sessions to help refine techniques, teach basic and intermediate moves, or perfect fireman escapes. With five-class passes, dancers have the freedom to try several different sessions. The Pole Orientation class begins with critical safety information before moving on to hands-on trials. Test out a variety of spins, climbs, twirls, and floor work in the Pole Passion class, which preps students to perform tougher cardio workouts and navigate a ropes course made of feather boas in the more advanced Pole Fitness class. Students never have to share poles, which vary in length up to 12 feet and by manufacturer, allowing dancers to test different poles.
The instructors at Del Campo Dance Studio don't just know how to dance, they know how to teach because owners Mike and Gina Del Campo put a large emphasis on education during their training. And it shows as their friendly instructors create a welcoming and supportive environment for all levels of students as they learn salsa, argentine tango, swing, and ballroom-style dances for recreation, weddings, or recreational weddings held at rec centers. Private and group lessons are taught at the studio, which is tucked in The Dance Corner. Pupils can practice form and footwork with a variety of partners as they enjoy the casual atmosphere filled with local club-hoppers and a DJ spinning Latin beats well into the night.
The instructors at Joyfulution guide bodies through a full schedule of diverse courses aimed at fortifying mental, physical, and spiritual health. Rhythmic and energetic Prana Flow sessions unfurl in a room heated to 78 degrees, helping students to find focus through sequenced poses, chanting, and 15 minutes of silent meditation. Sensory-based, empowering Nia classes are set to soul-stirring tunes and draw from martial-arts, dance-arts, and healing-arts disciplines, and Belly Bliss Belly Dance introduces pupils to the ancient practice of french-braiding via skillful torso twists. With 12-foot-high ceilings and 2,500 square feet of toe-massaging floor, Joyfulution accommodates everyone, even students on pogo sticks or under top hats.
Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness helps people realize the full benefits of dance, including personal enjoyment, fitness, and cultural expression. Fiesta’s team of skilled instructors lead dance classes that draw on a number of different cultures and styles, such as ballet, flamenco, and Bollywood. High-energy fitness classes, meanwhile, include Pilates and Zumba. Because of the breadth of offerings, you can focus on overall health with cardio or strength training, clarify your mind with musical instrument and yoga classes, or cool down with intermediate freeze-tag sessions.
The Mirror Ballroom, formerly Ultimate DanceSport, offers group classes in a variety of styles that range from salsa and hip-hop to historical dance. After treading the boards of its spacious dance floors, no other danceable surface will feel intimidating. Try rock stepping without having to barefoot it through a rock garden during Lindy Hop, or give either ocean-facing swing style—West-Coast Swing or East-Coast Swing—a go. New dancing chips can dip into beginner salsa or get to know a move or two in beginner social dance. The cast of instructors is comprised of enthusiastic teachers with impressive moves interested in assisting dancers of all levels. Come alone and scope out a dance or dinner partner, or bring a partner in crime by buying an additional Groupon as a gift to practice waltzing casually away from the scenes of your crimes.
Elliott Genovia fell in love with salsa dancing 12 years ago when he took his first salsa class. He soon became a member of Sacramento's salsa performance team and trained with respected dancers including Salomon Rivera and Ricardo Tellez. Through his education, he developed a cordial, supportive demeanor that helped him to offer dance lessons to aspiring dancers and clumsy police officers to get out of speeding tickets. Elliott opened his own studio, Dancing With Elliott, which eventually emerged from its cocoon to become Genovia Dance in 2010 after he married his dancing partner, Cara, who also teaches at the studio. The two teach both private lessons and group classes to students of all ability levels in the dance styles of salsa, merengue, cha-cha, hustle, and bachata.