Two floating hardwood dance floors tremble beneath the rollicking steps of the cha-cha, foxtrot, and tango at The Verve Ballroom, where experienced instructors coach dancers of all ability levels in a variety of styles. Teachers offer undivided attention during private lessons and give couples and partner-less dancers alike the chance to try out their skills during group lessons. On Friday nights, they lead beginner lessons before opening up the floor for dance parties, where students can mingle as they put their newfound skills or mechanized dancing shoes to the test.
The viewers of Evening Magazine had 131 choices for Western Washington’s best fitness instructor of 2012, but Sheree James and her team at Shake It Off Dance Fitness came out on top. It’s no surprise, considering the staff turns dance fitness into full-on festivals of fitness, spurring on rooms full of exercisers through Latin-inspired Zumba dance classes, as well as hip-hop and urban striptease aerobics. It’s not all about cardio at Shake It Off, though; instructors also lead Hot Fusion, during which students shimmy and shake to '80s hip-hop music.
From Divine Movement's twin studios in Kirkland and Seattle, co-owners Angi Cardwell and Jennifer Patenaude oversee a sultry suite of pole-dance and boudoir-dance classes set to the sounds of heart-pumping rock, indie, and hip-hop. Though not specifically a workout regimen, the floor-based and pole-vaulted routines are high-energy maneuvers that help to boost confidence and create a positive self-image. Six-week series cater to beginners and intermediate seductresses, and more advanced drop-in sessions cover holds, inverted handstands, and midair tea service. The dress code calls for comfortable yoga-style wear and bare feet or legwarmers.