With festival, conference, and "palooza" season at an end, we're looking for new ways to fill our precious hours of free time. The next few months will be all about indoor activities, but that's no excuse to avoid breaking a sweat.
With the rest of the pop culture -- Dancing with the Stars contestants and crazy dramatic Dance Moms included -- world hell bent on finding out who can dance and who can't, it's time to embrace the trend get moving. And here are five places in Phoenix to get started ...
5. The School of Ballet Arizona 3645 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix
There's a little part inside any kid that wants to be a ballerina, twirling around in a pretty pink tutu. Well, it might be a little too late for the tutu part (unless you're Bob Carey), but Ballet Arizona does offer classes for at a range of levels seven days a week. Classes are open to adults and teens ages 16 and up.
Single drop-in classes are $18, no dress code, though ballet slippers are required.
4. Fifth Row Dance Studios 513 E. Roosevelt St.
Located on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix, this studio offers a variety of classes including Modern Contemporary ($8, single class), Flow Yoga ($10, single class) and multiples level of Flamenco. The studio, which opened earlier this spring, is the new home of Flamenco Por La Vida. You may recognize the troupe from its three-years entertaining diners at Gallo Blanco at the Clarendon Hotel.
Classes are scheduled throughout the week with Fridays reserved as an open studio day. See the Flamenco Pour La Vida website for more information and a complete schedule.
3. Express MiE Dance Fitness Studio 6448 South McClintock Drive in Tempe
This women-only dance/fitness studio is not only good for a dose of fun, but also focuses on developing self-confidence and helping you find your sassy side. Class offering go from the expected, Zumba, to the unexpected, try Pole~ah~Tease Sexy Core Workout or Flirty Girl Booty Beat.
You'll find the complete class listing and schedule as well as pricing information on the Express Mie website.
2. Scorpius Dance Studio 1700 N 7th Avenue
For something a little more adventurous, take your creative to new heights with these dancers who will teach you the basics of aerial silk climbing and poses. With classes at both the beginner and intermediate levels, there's room to grow...and build some serious muscle.
Visit the Scorpius website for dates and prices for single classes and five class sessions.
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1. ExquisiDance Ballroom Studio 3646 E. Ray Rd.
To check out some more traditional dance styles, ExqusiDance has you covered. Its group class schedule changes every month with regular offering including styles including swing, two-step and ballroom. Drop-in for What's It Wednesdays?, when instructors let students decide what dance they want to learn.
You can view this month's schedule on the ExqusiDance website. Single classes cost $10 with monthly memberships starting at $70.