Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group: The Good Dance - dakar/brooklyn
Jo Shapland in the Llanarth Group�s Told by the Wind
Julia Rhoads, left, and Meghann Wilkinson in The Better Half
AXIS Dance Company
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in Water Stains on the Wall
Dancers improvise at S.R. Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology during Kinetic Sculptures at the 2011 Dance Improvisation Fest
You’re heading into the new year with a little more heft than you had in the last one. If the thought of curling dumbbells sounds a little, well, dumb, go roast calories in one of these dance studios instead.
Academy of Dance, Official School of the Joffrey Ballet
Besides ballet lessons, the Joffrey’s tricked-out studios in the sky host Pilates classes as well as a few jazz, modern, hip-hop and fitness options. 10 E Randolph St (312-784-4600, joffrey.org). Adult open division drop-in classes $15, students $12, professionals $10.
The Aloft Loft
This popular spot for off-the-floor dance and graceful circus arts gets the most out of its new, more spacious facility. Try acrobatics, hand balancing, trapeze, silks, stilt dancing and more. 2000 W Fulton St, suite F319 (773-782-6662, aloftloft.com). Eight-week Winter Warrior Session begins Mon 2; most classes $200–$230.
Big City Swing Studio
A swing and Lindy school available for window-shopping at its popular first Fridays parties (see Friday 6), Big City also delivers tap lessons in partnership with M.A.D.D. Rhythms. 1012 W Randolph St (312-243-0700, bigcityswing.com). Four-week group classes $65; discounts available.
Two locations owned and operated by champions Tommye Giacchino and Gregory Day offer a ton of classes for kids and adults in a wide variety of ballroom styles. 415 W Huron St (312-337-9503) and 3660 W Irving Park Rd (773-267-3411). Seven-week session begins Tue 3; for rates, go to chicagodance.com.
Chicago Moving Company at Hamlin Park
This Prairie-style fieldhouse is a haven for contemporary movement study, improvisation, yoga and holistic exercise. 3035 N Hoyne Ave (773-880-5402, chicagomovingcompany.org). Winter session begins Mon 9; most classes $10, professionals $9; discounts and pay-what-you-can rates available.
Gus Giordano Dance School
More than five decades of training continue in this academy’s new Andersonville digs. Jazz-dance is the house specialty, but there’s also ballet, hip-hop, tap and more. 5230 N Clark St (773-275-5230, gusgiordanodanceschool.com).Classes begin Mon 9; drop-ins $15, students and professionals $10.
Latin Street Dance Academy
This is where to go when your hips don’t lie. Flavors include Brazilian samba, rhumba/guaguancó, Argentine tango and Mambo Loco. 1335 W Lake St, suite 103 (312-427-2572, laboriqua.com). Classes begin Mon 2; four-week sessions $75 and up.
Lou Conte Dance Studio at the Hubbard Street Dance Center
Sample a dozen techniques at this West Loop complex, ranging from African to Zumba. Many classes feature live music or percussion. 1147 W Jackson Blvd (312-850-9766, hubbardstreetdance.com). Winter/Spring session begins Mon 2; $15 single class; discounts available.
Old Town School of Folk Music
A new, second building in Lincoln Square opening Monday 9 adds three dance studios and “Global Dance Party” events every Friday night. 4545 N Lincoln Ave (773-728-6000, oldtownschool.org). New session starts Mon 9; most eight-week classes $160, drop-ins available.
Pilates is at the core of many classes at this South Loop studio; check out its convenient comparison chart online to learn the difference between BOSU Blast, Go Zen and Sixpax Sculpt. 1329 S Michigan Ave (312-583-9375, sixpaxchicago.com). Group classes $18; private sessions and discounts available.
Solão Fitness + Dance Studio
A mind-boggling array of classes is held here—54, at last count—from Deep House Drench to Piloxing (Pilates + boxing). 1800 N Western Ave (773-235-7500, solaofitness.com). Memberships $129 per month; punch cards and single-class rates available.
Visceral Dance Center
A bustling, well-appointed facility near Logan Square, with instructors from top companies and in-demand guest teachers. 2820 N Elston Ave (773-772-1771, visceraldance.com). Single classes $10–$15.