If “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” have taught us anything, it’s that dance is back in a big way. Whether your daughter wants to take ballet classes, or you are an adult looking to learn how to salsa, there are some truly spectacular dance studios located in Denver. The faculty behind these studios range from a former Radio City Rockette to an artist who was appointed by President Clinton to the National Council on the Arts, and the styles range from tap to belly dancing and everything in between.
Margie Krest opened Dancing the Soul to bring her experience with Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga dance to students in Denver. These unique fitness dance classes range from a style called Nia, a blend of martial arts and dance, to African dance and belly dancing. They have many low impact and great programs for dancers of all ages and abilities. Dancing the Soul is the perfect place to study if you are looking to explore the spiritual and cultural differences of dance.
Cleo Parker Robinson is a nationally renowned dance instructor and choreographer who opened her studio in Denver more than 40 years ago. In addition to the dance studio, which houses classes in everything from African dance to tap, ballet and even Zumba, she also runs a professional dance theatre, dance ensemble, and many community outreach programs. Robinson was appointed by President Clinton as one of two artists to serve on the National Council on the Arts in 1998. She served through 2005, and has received a host of national awards since. This nationally-recognized dance training and performance space is located right in your backyard.
Allana’s Academy of Dance is a very popular dance studio in Littleton. Opened by Allana Risenhoover in 2009, this school has been bringing in dancers of all ages ever since. With a wide variety of classes from ballet, break-dance, contemporary, hip-hop, and even cheerleading classes for ages 3 to adult, there is sure to be something for every budding dancer. Allana’s Academy even offers Zumba classes for those looking for dance fitness.
Former Radio City Rockette Mindy Forrester founded the Pointe Dance Academy. She brings her unique experience as a performer to her classes, providing education in all dance styles including musical theatre, salsa and tumbling. The classes focus on all ages, from children through adults.
Stephanie Prosenjak opened Cherry Creek Dance in 1994, and has since brought some impressive faculty to the popular dance studio. In fact, Prosenjak was both a Denver Nuggets dancer and a Denver Broncos cheerleader. The studio also offers some really fun special events called camps, which are featured around great themes, from “Justin Bieber Camp” to “Hello Kitty Camp” and even “American Girl Camp.” It is a great activity for dancers to enjoy combining dance with some of their other favorite things.
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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.