Mid East Performing Arts Academy
For those looking to learn authentic Middle Eastern dancing styles, the Mid East Performing Arts Academy brings the moves to South Florida. The classes show techniques of Middle Eastern and Central Asian dancing, including Egyptian styles. Sessions are also offered that teach dancing with Middle Eastern dance props like veils, canes, finger cymbals, and swords, as well as classes teaching Persian and Silk Road dances. The arts academy also offers belly-dancing classes. Classes range from beginner to advanced, plus specialty classes.
Mid East Performing Arts Academy is located at 11011 SW 104th St. in Kendall. Call 305-746-1759 or visit mideastperformingarts.com.
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Fred Astaire Coral Gables
There's nothing more classic than ballroom dancing, and Fred Astaire offers lessons for dancers at all stages. Its introductory program shows new dancers different dances for them to discover what they might be interested in learning. The next stage is the beginner program, which teaches dancers — both solo and pairs — the basic elements of dance, including the different tempos of music and the confidence that makes a comfortable dancer. This stage is followed by the social foundation, which takes the lessons a step further with a chance for individuals to design a program with their instructor that fits their lifestyle and dancing desires. The final programs are the bronze, silver, and gold programs, which is a trophy system allowing skilled dancers to perform in ballroom dances with more intricate moves.
Fred Astaire teaches both international and American styles of dance, including the waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, cha-cha, rumba, swing, bolero, mambo, salsa, merengue, and samba.
Fred Astaire is located at 4008 Aurora St. in Coral Gables. Call 305-443-0085 or visit fredastairecoralgables.com.
Flamenco Puro Dance Company
Started by artistic dancer and choreographer Clarita Filgueiras, this dance studio is a haven for those looking to learn flamenco. Filgueiras is an expert in flamenco dancing, with experience professionally dancing in the United States and Spain. Filgueiras shares her passion for and expertise in flamenco dancing through classes of all levels. The beginner’s “flamenco light” class introduces new dancers to footwork and hand movements. Her upper classes build on that, with a beginner's class that incorporates more upper-body technique and choreography. The intermediate flamenco class focuses on technique, sevillanas — a type of dance from the Seville region of Spain — and bulerias, a specific flame rhythm. The advanced class is a challenging opportunity for true flamenco aficionados.
Flamenco Puro is located in Coral Gables. For the address or dance lesson information, call 786-282-8810 or visit claritafilgueiras.com.
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Geeta’s Bollywood Dance Classes and Productions
Geeta Dias brings Bollywood to Miami at her dance studio, where she teaches Bollywood fusion classes. Dias is from Bombay, India, the home of Bollywood movies and dance. She teaches the classical Indian moves and choreography of Bollywood dance in her classes, open to all who want to learn the style, whether they are already familiar with the dance or not. She offers group classes with three or more students as well as private instruction with one to two students per class.
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Dias holds classes in Doral Park and outside Doral. Call 305-527-2658 or visit geetadance.com.
Kings Dance Studios
Kings Dance Studios offers lessons in Cuban-style salsa, bachata, and kizomba to all levels, from newbies to smooth movers. Group lessons are taught in a one-on-one style that goes over the leading, following, and movement for those just starting and those looking to freshen up their skills. Both private and group lessons are available and are taught by World Salsa Federation-certified dance instructors.
Kings Dance Studios is located at 2325 Galiano St., Coral Gables. It has another location at FIU, located at 11200 SW Eight St., Miami, and a third location at 11387 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 844-405-4647 or visit kingsdancealliance.com.