Signature service: Ballroom Lessons
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Fred Astaire Ballroom
Pro Tip: We recommend that you call before you come, but it is not necessary.
When the rooms of The Sutton Studio for the Performing Arts aren’t resonating with piano chords, dance music, monologues, or melodies, they’re filled with insightful declamations from the highly experienced staff. Artistic director Jamie Lynn Gilliam leads the talented troupe, bringing more than 25 years of musical-theater experience that include dancing in professional productions and convincing Robert De Niro’s family that she was Robert De Niro. Her lieutenants include Kathy Todd Chaney, formerly of Kathy Todd Dance Studio, and several of the studio’s graduates, who teach tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop steps. Piano instructor Lynnette Jones has been playing piano for 27 years and acting teacher Josh Gilliam has performed in several professional productions since he graduated from Otterbein University’s musical-theater program. All this expertise fills The Sutton Studio’s two locations and unfolds during an array of classes, performances, and even private birthday parties.
Tabitha Johnson has been teaching people to dance since she was 14 years old. She started out studying ballet, tap, and jazz, but soon caught on to the rhythms of hip-hop and break dancing. Now she works as an advanced certified personal trainer and certified nutrition consultant, and the fitness-focused entrepreneur focuses all of her energy into inspiring her clients to be passionate about fitness at her studio. Tabitha gets hearts pumping during cardio hip-hop and kickboxing classes, and her instruction during the Tab'z Abz class helps shape students’ tummies into washboard form to make laundry day easier. Free Fit Body sessions range from beginner body blast, which goes easy on prior injuries and joints, to athletically inclined conditioning and Alpha Phoenix classes. Freestyle Fitness dancers can trip the light fantastic in a more unstructured setting during the center’s open-floor sessions. The studio also offers dance classes for all ages including Hip Hop, Break Dance, and Capoeira.
At Bravo Dance Studio, owners Alex and Svetlana Ioukhnel understand that where learning to dance is concerned there is no single formula. That's why they've gathered a troupe of professional instructors to teach students of all levels and ages a variety of movement disciplines. A Latin-dance instructor teaches the latest moves seen at clubs, from Cuban-style salsa to bachata. The studio’s wedding-dance coordinator helps engaged couples create a memorable dance for their wedding reception. And, beginner students can start the adventure by learning basic steps that lay the groundwork for more advanced moves. Classes are held in the Bravo’s two sparkling ballrooms, outfitted with LED lights that dress the floating hardwood floors in red, blue, and green hues. The voices of Frank Sinatra, Duffy, and Barney the Dinosaur burst through the speakers during any given class, offering a variety of
tunes to dance to. To keep toes twinkling, Friday nights feature social dance parties, where guests can practice their skills.
After taking home a trophy from the prestigious Ohio Star Ball, award-winning ballroom dancer John Gividen decided to help others twirl confidently with other light trippers. At Dance with Grace, he helms a team of National Dance Council of America–certified instructors who dance guests of all skill levels toward proficiency in international and American styles of dance, including the Viennese waltz, paso doble, jive, and West Coast swing. Instructors customize each lesson while concentrating on partnering skills, instead of rote footwork, leaving students with the ability to seamlessly drift between partners and dance styles. They also help couples prepare for their wedding dance so they can confidently perform elegant twirls and effortlessly pull off their first couples kick line.
After traveling the globe performing and racking up awards, world-champion dancer Brian Barakauskas returned to his native Louisville to pay homage to the city where he first learned to dance. At his studio, Dance Louisville, Barakauskas and his staff of professional instructors tap into their extensive dance backgrounds to help students reach their own dance goals, whether they want to compete professionally or simply learn a new salsa routine for an upcoming boardroom presentation. Pupils flit across a 2,400-square-foot floating dance floor during both private and group lessons as well as wedding-dance rehearsals.