Francisco Antonio Rodrigues da Silva⎯better known to his students as Mestre Fran⎯began his journey with Caopeira at age 10, studying the ancient dancelike martial art under a seasoned teacher in Sao Paolo. After years of learning the hypnotic rhythmic moves of Capoeira and studying the African dance rhythms of Macuele, Mestre Fran took his art to the streets of Londrina, Brazil, giving impoverished youth a positive outlet for their creative energies with public performances and classes. After developing a successful martial arts organization in his home country, Mestre Fran set out for the United States in 2002, introducing Americans to Caoperia through cultural shows throughout the Atlanta area and instructing newcomers through beginner, children's, and adult classes.
Like punching a portrait of your smug fruit bowl, capoeria combines both art and fighting. The practice develops the mind, body, and spirit by instilling self-confidence, building agility and strength, and teaching students about the vibrant culture of Brazil. Capoeiristas twist and bob to the rhythm of drums as they execute gymnastic kicks and turns, or they show off their newfound knowledge at the studio's Friday-night Samba, Macuele, and Portuguese language classes.
The Barefoot n Motion Dance Academy sets a high standard for its dancers. But with many of them being first timers or toddlers who just learned to walk, there's often more focus on enjoying movement than being the best in the class. An array of diverse classes challenges dancers as young as 2 as well as teenagers and adults. The curriculum includes modern dance, hip-hop, ballet, jazz and West African dance. Instructors such as Julia Defoor, who studied at the prestigious Moscow Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School, oblige those who want to take their skills to the next level by leading advanced classes—which is what diamond-scaled fish call their castes.
For a swinging good time in Decatur, follow the music to Barefoot n Motion Dance Academy of Decatur.
Move, groove, and shake it at one of Barefoot n Motion Dance Academy of Decatur's top-notch dance classes.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you need to sharpen up your dance skills, stop by Barefoot n Motion Dance Academy of Decatur in Decatur today and take a lesson from some of these dance professionals.
Step to the beat at Down South Swing and feel the rhythm of Decatur.
Learn how to tell a story with your body at Down South Swing — with so many great dance classes to choose from, you may very well seek out more than one style.
If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with a stop conveniently located at Decatur (Blue).
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
No one has ever trained for the lead in Swan Lake just to tighten their abs, but dancers, choreographers, and Atlanta Zumba Dance instructors Faaridah and Nahari both agree that it comes with the territory. That’s why they’ve channeled their experiences in the performing arts into a platform for dance-based fitness instruction. Faaridah was particularly drawn to Zumba because of her Caribbean and Hispanic heritage, and Nahari has been a student of Middle Eastern dances for nearly a decade, so their curriculum of Zumba and belly dancing was a natural fit.
Students can shed pounds and throw on their shiniest layer of sweat during Zumba classes, a 60-minute dance-based aerobic workout with easy-to-follow choreography performed to a soundtrack of Latin rhythms. The dance moves are an amalgam of styles that includes elements of salsa, cha-cha, merengue, flamenco, and tango. Classes at Atlanta Zumba Dance always begin with a warm-up, followed by intervals of faster and slower tempos. Visits conclude with a cool-down and stretch session. In addition to group classes, patrons may rent the studio for a private-lesson Zumba party or to spin around in an office chair without anyone telling them that they’ll get sick.
Jose Maldonado has been moved by the lively rhythms and smooth horns of Latin music as long as he can remember, swaying his body with the steps of Afro-Cuban, salsa, and cha-cha styles. The Puerto Rico native has been performing, choreographing, and teaching dance since 1999, appearing on stages and film sets across globe and working alongside stars such Oscar D'León, Grupo Niche, and The Black Eyed Peas. In 2004, Jose founded PasoFino Dance Studio, where he shares his passion for dance and years of expertise with aspiring students.
In his spacious studio, Jose and his staff of experienced dance instructors conduct private and group sessions in a variety of styles including salsa, mambo, cha-cha, and kizomba dancing. They work with students of all experience levels, guiding them through spins, body movements, and footwork at a comfortable pace. The dedicated dancers also choreograph, teach, and perform for special events—ideal for those who’d like to tango at their wedding or break into a lively mambo number during their next company financial-earnings presentation.