Trapezes, lyras, and slings dangle above the stage and classrooms at Zuzi!, a nonprofit organization with an affinity for the expressiveness of modern dance and the gracefulness of aerial maneuvers. The source of this passion rests within cofounder and artistic director Nanette Robinson—who is a certified Skinner Releasing Technique instructor—and radiates outward to talented teachers who lead dance classes ranging from aerial and ballet to funk. It also fills the studio’s troupe of performers who frequently pack Zuzi!’s 135-seat theater for seasonal performances, including an annual Winter Solstice Concert. Their mission also involves spreading the message of modern dance as far as possible, which is why they schedule an open aerial class during Friday happy hour and offer classes for kids as young as 4 years old.
After a life-changing car accident, Steps Dance and Fitness Studio owner Melissa Watkins thought she had lost her ability to dance for good. Through gradual exercise and her discovery of Zumba, Melissa gained a passion and appreciation for motion, which she shares with all who step onto the studio's wheat-hued hardwood floors. Instructors lead a multitude of classes that include weightlifting sessions to tone muscles and slow-paced workouts that forge the core strength needed to carry boulders to see the ocean for the first time. From beneath the raspberry walls, strains of music hint at the cumbia, merengue, and salsa tunes that fuel up-tempo dance sessions.
Music & Dance Academy caters to a variety of learning styles with group classes, private lessons, ensembles, and master classes for students of all ages and experience levels. Dance lessons range from parent-and-child dances to coaching for wedding dances to lessons in styles such as ballroom, ballet, and hip-hop. Music lessons help kids and adults of all skill levels learn a variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, cello, clarinet, or music theory.
Fanny Galore’s name says it all, as the burlesque dancer and instructor owes much of her success to the way she moves her derrière. Fanny is a member and co-founder of Tucson’s Don't Blink Burlesque, and she performs throughout the area in a range of costumes and characters. Combining traditional dance training with sultry moves, Fanny also imparts her wisdom to newcomers during classes and workshops held at Fanny’s Fox Den.
You don't have to be a trained dancer to check out Jazzercise National in Tucson.
Push past the burn for some serious body results when you take advantage of their great aerobics.
Remember personal trainers are available to help strengthen your core and keep you on track.
Build lean and strong muscles with one of these group kickboxing classes.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Whether you're a beginner or a pro, you can find great dance classes to stay fit and coordinated at Jazzercise National in Tucson.