Wendy Traskos's career as a pole-dancing icon began with one fateful spin. Impressed by the strength of self-expression she glimpsed in accomplished pole-dancers, she tried the art for herself and was hooked immediately, so much so she has been honing her spinning skills for 16 years. Now a self-taught professional, she channels her background as a certified personal trainer and gymnast to enhance her routines. Wendy’s fitness knowledge landed her celebrity clients, including Montel Williams and Mary J. Blige, and her proficiency on the pole led Germany's version of America's Next Top Model to feature her as a dancing expert.
At NY Pole studios, Wendy passes on her spiraling prowess through her original Climb and Spin method. She believes that students should build a foundation of muscle and a repertoire of techniques as they progress to more advanced pole tricks, which require them to shed all rock-climbing gear. Her classes accommodate varying skill levels with choreographed routines, motivating participants to practice recently learned grips, climbs, and transitions. The studios also offer fitness classes, private parties, and workshops led by guest instructors such as Cleo “The Hurricane,” also known as Miss Pole Dance Australia.
It all began with a party. When Z Club NY co-founder Claudia Salem was invited by business partner Edmee Cherdieu D’Alexis to a Zumba party at S.O.B.’s in New York, she was expecting a fun and invigorating workout. But the passion and energy emanating from the crowd made her realize that she was witnessing something more. Claudia and Edmee strive to recreate that same atmosphere at every Z Club location, by employing personable customer service reps, maintaining pristine facilities, and scheduling seven different Zumba variations. The schedule includes classes held seven days a week and a regular series of events.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur fire walking.
Head instructor and founder Kimberly spent a decade storming the stages of Texas, New York, and New Jersey before establishing StripXpertease's blend of seductive arts and strength building. Along with dancers from salsa and classical dance backgrounds, Kimberly leads adult women of all experience levels through private lessons, workshops, and courses that show how to strip and perform lap dances or talk dirty with a specialized naughty thesaurus. Stripper Strength sessions focus on powering sultry moves with rock-solid muscles and building enough flexibility to change earrings with feet.
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.
Let the beat take you away at Manhattan's City Best Dance.
Even the clumsiest of dancers will learn how to glide gracefully at City Best Dance.
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