Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
When all you need is a night of sobs or laughs, Lakewood's State of The Arts Dance Studio is there with theater for you.
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Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Beth and Jim Trammell started 5280 Gymnastics to share their love of gymnastics with students young and old, novice and expert, casual and competitive. They assembled an elite team of coaches that trained Olympic gymnast Sasha Artemev and placed graduates on the gymnastics teams at Stanford University, into officer's education at West Point, and onto the diving team at Northwestern University. Under this refined tutelage, the two USA Gymnastics teams that regularly train within 5280's confines took home awards at regional, state, and national levels of competition.
The owners and coaches recognize that not everyone desires to train for peak levels of gymnastics competition, and so the range of classes encompasses plenty of other options, including casual, confidence-inspiring play for tots and free running and parkour classes for older students. During the summer, daily camps keep kids busy during sunny hours with athletic games and arts-and-crafts projects such as building a balance beam out of popsicle sticks.
The instructors at L'Ru Studios—all of whom have undergone professional training or held careers in the dance industry—aren't afraid to mix things up. They lead a range of classes where fusion is key. For instance, in pole dancing and salsa, they combine cardio and strength-training exercises with sensual movements to create fun and unique fitness experiences. They even blend disciplines into entirely new styles—their vertical barre course mixes pole tricks with ballet techniques. For even more unconventional workouts, they lead circus and aerial yoga sessions that combine acrobatics with flexibility-boosting poses. In addition to offering private parties and lessons, they host workshops and class series designed to build a repertoire of dance or circus skills for use in full routines.
Though their curriculum is broad, their philosophy remains focused. They strive to cultivate a judgment-free area for guests of all fitness levels, builds, and ages. This ideology of accessibility and acceptance surfaces in their small class sizes and supportive attitudes.
Founders of Barre Forte, dancer Nadia Walker-Arnold and exercise instructor Jen Rehm, believe that working out doesn't have to be a chore. They strive to make their classes quite the opposite, in fact, with a lineup of dance-inspired sessions including the high-intensity Barre Forte. The all-female staff—made up of experienced ballet dancers and certified personal trainers—encourage ladies of all sizes and experience levels to carve long, lean muscles with a blend of Pilates, ballet, and yoga basics.
Though inspired by dance, most classes trade choreography for the exercises ballerinas use to shape and strengthen their bodies, pairing cardio intervals and strength training with stretches and barre-based isometric exercises. During the signature Barre Forte workout, they lead gals in executing small, controlled movements that sculpt the entire body to fend off attacks from feral nutcrackers. In addition to their heart-rate-elevating fitness classes, they also host private classes and happy hours, in which ladies sip champagne and learn to speed up onlookers' tickers with smoldering burlesque and chair-dancing routines.