In New York-style salsa dancing, the break steps occur on the second and sixth beats, not on the first and fifth like most dances. Because of that, dancers refer to the style as "On2". Few know the unorthodox style of stepping better than the instructors at Salsa Fever On2 Dance Academy. Led by founder Mario B, they schedule classes for students of all experience levels, even those with two left feet or more than two left feet. Their beginner classes introduce inexperienced dancers to the fundamentals of spinning, twirling, shining, timing, and musicality, while advanced classes do the same but at a more frenzied pace.
Sheila Kelly S Factor New York's empowering fitness philosophy encourages women of all ages, shapes, and sizes to celebrate their bodies and express their femininity through invigorating pole-dancing classes. Hollywood actress, classically trained dancer, and S Factor founder Shelia Kelley began her career in sensual fitness while preparing for a movie role which required her to hone striptease and pole-dancing skills. Quickly recognizing the physical and emotional benefits of performing these slinky, strengthening movements, Kelley devised a routine that merged ballet, yoga, and Pilates with her new choreography and set out to share the workout with women across the country. In the process, Kelley and her pole-fitness technique have acquired celebrity students such as Eva Longoria, Amy Adams, and the flagpole outside Grand Central Station, as well as features in People magazine and Time Out New York.
Owned by Carina Moeller, Traingulo trains fledgling Fred Astaires in Argentine-style tango with a five-level training program at their relaxed New York studio. Each beginner tango class imparts participants with the fundamentals of Argentinean frolicking, such as the basic tango lead and follow, tools for navigating the dance floor, and how to maneuver a cross. While mastering the art of dipping their partner in zesty rhythmic ranch, students are invited to attend two Tuesday-night milongas. Beginner classes take place Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in Traingulo's 2,000-square-foot commercial space, replete with oversized windows, high ceilings, and a new dance floor. Check the schedule for additional class offerings.
Owners and veteran dancers Elena Iannucci and Teddy Kern cultivate a lively community at Dance Manhattan during more than 80 weekly classes that break down social styles ranging from salsa to charleston. Like hotheaded detectives, students in group classes swap partners regularly, a practice that helps every student develop friendships while challenging their leading and following skills. Both Iannucci and Kern exhibit a particular flair for swing and have developed a faculty that includes International Lindy Hop Championship–award-winners Evita Arce and Michael Jagger. Master classes and workshops focus on partnering tricks and difficult styles such as the Argentine tango. Wedding sessions help engaged couples enjoy a graceful, relaxed first dance as well as a elegant resolution for their first dance-fight.
All students are automatically enrolled in a program that offers discounts within the dance community. Instructors foster a fun, welcoming environment by leading weeknight practices and special events that are free to program members and are occasionally punctuated by niceties such as roses, cupcakes, and emoticons. To that end, the studio hosts Friday-night parties and monthly open houses fueled by live DJs, as well as artists who rent space for performances and practice.
The Foxy Fitness and Pole studio pulses with music during pole-dancing and pole-fitness classes held throughout the week. Maintaining small class sizes to ensure individual training for each student, instructors teach sensual movements and fitness techniques that can strengthen muscles, burn calories, and boost self-confidence enough that students can walk down streets with their eyes closed. Private classes allow students to train by themselves or with groups of up to five friends. In addition to classes, the studio hosts a live show on Friday evenings, where seasoned dancers dazzle audiences with original aerial pole-dance routines.
Sheena Larsen wasn’t that familiar with latin dance, but that didn’t stop the then-high-schooler from entering a salsa competition at a local dance club. As it turned out, her confidence was warranted: Larsen and her partner walked away with first prize. And Larsen was hooked.
Today, Larsen shares her love of latin dance at Step Into Salsa, the studio she cofounded with Cesar Carrasco in 2010. Along with a team of instructors, she leads students of all levels through the rhythmic undulations of salsa, Zumba, and bachata dance. She structures the classes in four-week cycles that build on lessons learned in each class, ensuring that students can answer basic questions including “what is the difference between salsa and mambo?” and “how many does it take to tango?”