At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.
At Dance and Artistic Expression Studio, founder Tabitha Hitchye-Holliday and her staff lead dance lessons in the styles of salsa, bachata, and ballet, as well as fitness programs such as Zumba. Ballet students learn the basic feet and arm positions of classical ballet and practice moves at the barre, while Zumba students burn calories through high energy movements inspired by an array of dance styles, such as salsa and merengue.
To ensure students look their best while dancing, staffers vend performance wares within an attached boutique. Not limited to just dance, students can partake in an array of cultural provisions, including classes in sewing, arts & crafts, tap, jazz, and barre fitness.
This newly opened megacenter offers more than 5,000 square feet of open space for slick shoes and rug cuttery. The staff is composed of well-oiled dance machines who lead eclectic student groups across a multi-genre range of dance styles. Learn how to pirouette like a pro with the classical ballet class (offered for beginners and intermediate/advanced), or take a fanciful tap class and finally use those tap shoes you bought for their intended purpose, instead of for alerting your skittish, shotgun-toting grandma to your presence. A Latin dance class (pre-registration required) is offered to get hips swinging and tongues rolling, while the yoga class is a great way to unwind by bringing uppity energies back down to earthly levels through relaxing poses. Check out the schedule for a complete list of dates, times, and class offerings.
At Salsa Obsesión, dance students step into an environment that is as diverse as it is energetic. Sprightly instructors lead four different tiers of classes, starting with Beginner 1 sessions, which focus on such skills as counting the beats, basic footwork, and working with a partner. Subsequent class levels ramp up the difficulty, enabling students to advance their technique without having to abandon Salsa Obsesión's welcoming climate.