In the Old West, ballet dancers practiced for recitals by shooting the ground at each other’s feet and staging duels to prove who could half-pirouette the fastest. Master the art of dance sans risky revolvers with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a six-class adult punch card for ages 16 and up at Dance Theatre Studio (a $60 value).
The professional trainers at Dance Theatre Studio facilitate the rug-cutting inclinations of youths and adults of all dancing dexterities through fun, encouraging dance instruction. The studio's three rooms offer ample space for flailing feet and host a well-rounded schedule of dance classes designed to improve form, sculpt bodies, and return misplaced grooves to their rightful owners. During ballet lessons, instructors guide future coryphées through exercises that build the strength and flexibility necessary to execute classical techniques. Fitness-dance classes, such as Cardio Latin, provide a more entertaining method of muscle toning than wrestling the Lincoln Memorial.
Mirrors line the interior of Dance Theatre Studio, where speakers shower dancers with a soundtrack of classical waltzes and hip-hop jams. Changing rooms allow guests to change out of their tutus, tights, and astronaut helmets before being re-introduced to the world outside with a new sense of rhythmic mastery.
Dance Theatre Studio
Nestled within the University of Michigan's central campus, Dance Theatre Studio has built an excellent reputation over the 30 years it's been in business. Adults can check out ballet, hip-hop, and dance classes or strengthen their bodies in Zumba or body-sculpting, while kids make the most of their summers in camps that focus on art, tech, video, and acing the obstacle-course portion of college applications. All lessons take place in three large dance rooms that feature mirror-lined walls, a sprung sub-floor, and a marley surface floor, and nearby rooms also contain portable ballet barres. The studio's high level of comfort extends even before and after class, when dancers dress in men's and women's changing rooms.