Without dance, people could only hum along to "Macarena," and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Let movements speak with today's Groupon: for $30, you get five dance-fitness classes at Dance Trance Birmingham, located at Rock Your Body Studio in Hoover (up to a $75 value).
Founded by Jay Handline in 1986, Dance Trance at Rock Your Body sparked a nationwide explosion of music-fueled fitness jamborees. Awarded Best Dance Class in 2011 by Birmingham magazine, the regular sessions cover about 12 routines in an hour, and the beginner-friendly Dance Trance Break Down sessions teach the same moves at a slower tempo, running through 2–4 routines to help newcomers to learn the steps without risking spontaneous combustion. Beyond the hip-hop and Latin moves of the Dance Trance classes, students can work up a sweat, build muscle tone, and improve their posture in the ballet-inspired Rock Your Core sessions. The schedule offers classes six days a week.
Led by director Carla Higginbotham, the instructors of Dance Trance aim to create a fun, lively workout using intuitive, easy-to-follow dance moves and upbeat music. The instructors demonstrate the routine without shouting disruptive directions as students shake and shimmy their way through strength building and cardio drills.