Ballroom instructor Jared Vigneault—recipient of the Top Teacher award at the 2012 Massachusetts DanceSport Challenge—draws from multiple dance degrees and eight years of ballroom experience as he works to infect his pupils with dance fever at Poise, Style & Motion. Along with a diverse cast of experienced instructors, he works to help students of all ages and abilities gracefully twirl across the dance floor through private and group lessons, social parties, and performances. They prepare their students to confidently cut a rug at dance clubs, weddings, competitions, and important business meetings with instruction in several styles. Their instruction range from the fast-paced footwork of swing and the merengue to the more stoic arts of the tango and waltz.
To whip bodies into dance-athon shape, Poise, Style & Motion's instructors blend their fancy-footwork training with aerobics during their Latin-dance-inspired fitness classes. They also help dancers improve their endurance and pump up core muscles with modified merengue, samba, swing, and paso-doble dance steps.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Though some fitness aficionados may prefer the treadmills, rowing machines, and ellipticals that fill most traditional gyms, others enjoy getting in shape a different way—through dance. At Rhythmoz Dance & Fitness Studio, visitors of all ages and athletic levels can shimmy their way to stronger midsections, leaner limbs, and healthier hearts during a variety of dynamic, fun classes. Adults match steps and rhythms with the beats of brain-burrowing tunes during hip-hop, Zumba, and african dance classes. Additionally, kids can build dance and social skills during swing dance, hula dance, and ballroom dance, the last of which readies them for the intricate, dance-centric business presentations of today’s corporate world.
At Escape Aerial Arts, students learn how to combine the grace of dance and gymnastics while defying gravity. The studio's five poles and suspended aerial silks provide an alternative to typical conditioning and strength-training workouts. As students spin, climb, and dangle inches or feet above the ground, they are using their muscles without putting undue strain on their joints. Instructors lead a variety of classes ranging from beginners' sessions that introduce the fundamentals to more advanced sessions that emphasize the aspects of performing on the pole or aerial silks.
Learn some new dance steps at Northborough's Shake Dance and Fitness Studio.
From front kicks to roundhouses, these kickboxing classes will teach you the fundamentals.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Shake Dance and Fitness Studio for easy access to parking lots.
When you're ready to take on your next adventure, head to American Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio in Shrewsbury for some fun.
Work on developing body strength and endurance with a mixed martial arts class.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.