What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Relax and have fun!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We love kids and dance.
What do you love most about your job?
Sharing our passion with children.
Within two studios, spanning across 2,800 square feet of dancing space, ballerinas-in-training of all ages prance across the floor under the instruction of an expert teacher. The teacher holds Dinky Dance classes for children ages 2–6 and power ballet fitness classes for adults, but the real specialty is Dance Academy. The program is designed to teach youngsters ages 2 and older the discipline and artistry of their preferred style, whether it’s ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, or hip-hop. Three times per year, students flaunt their moves for friends and family in a choreographed, costumed dance recital.
Owner Ian Leprino grew up being shy and soft-spoken. From the first moment he stepped into a dance studio, he knew it would change his life. Ian has committed to dance ever since. The confidence and sense of family that comes with being around the studio every day helps not only his own well being but his fellow instructors and clients as well. Ian specializes in Hip Hop, Jazz and Lyrical styles but has a full staff that teaches everything from Ballet to Mommy and Me classes.
The students at Vertical Academy Workout spend very little time on the ground. Led by certified instructors, they climb and spin on the studio's poles, practicing everything from basic grips to full routines. Depending on their level of experience, they take one of four levels of classes that teach proper pole form. Many classes also incorporate costuming and props that embrace the art's theatrical side, though only the most advanced teach the infamous pole-dance scene in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Other classes focus on fitness, integrating ballet barre exercises that tone the entire body.