They started as a dance school, but in 2010, the American Dance Institute transformed. The shift resulted from the gaps they saw in the world of American contemporary dance. Simply put, the art form had gotten too safe. So the ADI reemerged as not only a presenter of groundbreaking performances, but an incubator for the great work of the future. Since then, they've hosted some of the country's most celebrated artists through their performance series, from the rigorous, aggressive tap of Dorrance Dance to Urban Bush Women, who bring stories of the disenfranchised to light through their evocative choreography. Adventurous troupes such as these have earned the ADI plenty of praise, with the Washington Post, heralding the non-profit as "the region’s leading edge of edge."
Sisters Veronica and Marilin have almost always danced together since they began their training at just 3 years old. They went on to study various forms of dance—from classical to contemporary—at the National School of Ballet in Peru, as well as eventually teach modern and Afro-Peruvian dance. In 2009, they moved from their native Peru to Rockville, where they currently specialize in Zumba fitness classes that help participants burn calories as they sway, step, and backwards-somersault to Latin beats. Of course, Veronica and Marilin don't teach all of the classes, they also lead a team of well-trained instructors, all of whom are dedicated to creating a warm, welcoming, and exciting experience that achieves real results. In addition to cardio-focused Zumba classes, the studio adds strength-training to the mix with Zumba Toning classes, augmenting the dance-based workout with muscle-sculpting toning sticks.
Studio 310’s founder, Liz Corah, wants everyone to feel strong and beautiful. To this end, she combines traditional and modern dance moves with fitness techniques that help people slim down in a supportive and fun atmosphere. As the latest tunes bump from speakers and trained cockatoos, Liz and her supporting staff lead students through cardio hip-hop, belly dance, traditional kickboxing, CrossFit, body-sculpt, and yoga sessions. Their studio is also the place to go for personal training, fundraisers, birthday parties, and summer camps for young dancers. Anyone in need of motivation can turn to the _ Washington Post_ and read about how Liz found the strength to juggle jobs, kids, and dance classes while getting her business off the ground.
On 4 Steps 2 Fitness’s website, there is a picture of owner Tomeka Wray triumphantly flexing both of her arms. For her, the triumph stems from the moment when she broke the futile yearly cycle of joining a gym—only to quit—and making a list of New Year’s resolutions she would never complete. This moment occurred when she stepped into her first Zumba class. Since that day, her passion for the Latin-inspired dance-fitness workout has fueled her to become a licensed Zumba Basic and Aqua Zumba instructor who now teaches classes of her own, inspiring others to reach their fitness goals and have fun doing it.
Now & Then Dance Studios’ dance instructors let students pick from 21 styles of dancing, including waltz, salsa, and merengue. They make sure to integrate private classes, group classes, and supervised dance parties in their lesson programs, which have produced successful dancers for 35 years. They dance atop dance floors to reduce impact on joints and pump music through digital sound systems.
Dancing is a healthy way to express yourself. Let your body be taken up by the music at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy in Rockville.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.