You don't have to be a trained dancer to check out Belmont School of Ballet in Belmont.
Belmont School of Ballet's Zumba instructors are energetic and enthusiastic, which helps make your workout fun and exciting.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Many dance companies approach ballet from a modern angle. Caroline Calouche, celebrating her company's 10th anniversary, prefers a more perpendicular one. When the stage is not enough space for her visions of macabre masquerade balls or surreal dreamscapes, she takes to the air above it, outfitted with a cirque's worth of aerial harnesses and accoutrements. Her dancers are just as likely to pirouette down a 20-foot skein of golden silk as across a hardwood floor. Pairs of lovers might hang precariously from the frame of a hollow cube or perform a gravity-defying pas de deux on the double lyra—their suspension above the earth either an expression of freedom or a prison of their own making. Like identifying an elderly smoker's gender over the phone, the airborne element leaves plenty of room for interpretation.
By marrying the storytelling ability of floor-bound choreography with the gravity-defying tricks of circus arts, Caroline Calouche & Co. unleashes the full potential of aerial dance. The company's productions are free to venture to strange new places. For example, in past shows, women have risen from their graves to haunt their murderous husbands. Likewise, the sounds of Moby and Blue Man Group are more likely to be heard than Debussy.
Audience members who want to ply the ropes and silks for themselves can learn to do so during the dance company's aerial-dance classes, along with a tight curriculum of ballet, contemporary, and stretching and strengthening courses. For all its global influences and aerial showmanship, Caroline Calouche & Co. keeps its feet rooted in the local community with outreach programs for all ages, ethnicities, and social groups.
Though competitive ballroom dancer Dana Glandon spends much of her time preparing for and winning national dance championships, she's still found the time to establish several dance studios. Drawing from more than 20 years of dance experience, she joins Tony Prado—a WDC World Pro-Am finalist, stage performer, and tango dancer commended by the USTA—in coaching students of all skill levels at Queen City Ballroom. Through detail-oriented instruction and customized lesson plans, they and their instructors give customers personalized attention, earning accolades as one of Charlotte's best ballroom dance studios from CBS Charlotte.
During classes, instructors teach basic techniques of leading and following before moving on to specific steps. Students may learn Latin dances such as salsa, bolero, and merengue; ballroom dances such as foxtrot, Argentine tango, and Viennese waltz; and social dances such as swing, hustle, and two-step. While well versed in the language of dance, the instructors also speak 10 other languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, and Slovakian.
The performers of Charlotte Comedy Theater know how to make audiences laugh, and they have the accolades to prove it—they were voted 2012's best improv- or sketch-comedy group by readers of Charlotte magazine. That talent could be due to the influence of their founder, Keli Semelsberger, who studied with noted comedians in Chicago before bringing the exhilaration of living in the moment to Charlotte stages. Or it could be simply because their off-the-cuff, completely unscripted shows—which include both long- and short-form improv—are just plain funny.
Many of those quick-witted players honed their craft in Charlotte Comedy Theater's own training center, which hosts classes for aspiring improvisors of all skill levels. Outside of their theater's four actual walls and largely metaphorical fourth wall, company members also lead team-building programs designed to build trust in groups through entertaining exercises and thrilling excursions into nature.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Wine Up, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Musical groups often perform live and DJs are common here, too.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Wine Up.
Wine Up has live DJs spinning some evenings.
Weekend diners, beware! The restaurant is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time.
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Wine Up is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Wine Up tastes like pure heaven!
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Wine Up and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.