Few professionals can credit Flashdance with rerouting the course of their career. In fact, Richard Giorla could be the only one. The unconventional dance moves he saw in the film motivated the former Pennsylvania Ballet Company member to hit the streets of his new home, Manhattan, and learn breakdancing from dancers at the heart of the movement, trading his own dance expertise as payment. Richard’s career was in full swing when, struck with an injury, he started teaching a ballet-barre class. Though he appreciated its stretching and toning components, Richard craved a more aerobic workout. So he created his own solution—Cardio Barre.
The unique workout consists of high-energy, zero-impact movements that sculpt the long, slender body of a dancer without a student ever having to step foot in a traditional dance studio. As they balance on the ballet barre, or whichever classmate is closest, pupils direct all their focus to one muscle group at a time, while the entire body stays in motion for maximum fat burning. His approach’s pudge-busting abilities have made the fitness method a favorite of many health magazines and celebrities.
With top-of-the-line air purifying equipment and special floors, Hot 8 Yoga debunks the myth that hot-yoga studios are stuffy and smelly. Its filtration system scours air with UV rays before pumping oxygen into the classroom, keeping the studio fresh and germ-free, and students breathing easily. Beneath yogis' feet, ploy-extruded matting keeps the air smelling sweet by wicking away moisture and odors atop shock-absorbent PVC floors.
These measures enhance pupils’ practice during more than 100 weekly hot-yoga classes. With the heat cranked at varying degrees to boost flexibility, metabolism, and detoxification, sessions range from classic hot yoga to yoga sculpt, which incorporates free weights. Yoga barre, on the other hand, combines ballet, yoga, body sculpting, and cardio for a comprehensive workout that makes you sweatier than wearing a vinyl spacesuit in a sauna.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Students at Align Beverly Hills Pilates have a lot more than mats at their disposal to get the most of their Pilates workouts. The center's private, semi-private, and group classes might incorporate reformer machines to help students strengthen their cores, or they might rely on the specialty machines of the Gyrotonic Method to increase flexibility and range of motion.
I have been teaching private Pilates classes at my exclusive Beverly Hills Studio for over 25 years. I have recently added a fun group class called Dance-ilates that is an great alternative for people who cannot afford privates. I enjoy helping clients to get into the best shape of their lives!
At Pure Barre Beverly Hills, any student can build muscle tone in barre classes, but only a few can sign their name in ink on the studio’s banister—that’s a right reserved for members of The 100 Club, a group of regulars who have taken 100 classes at the spa-like fitness center. As dedicated in practice as they are discerning in taste, members of The 100 Club keep coming back for the heart-pumping soundtrack, as well as amenities such as complimentary alkaline water and free two-hour parking.
The actual sessions at Pure Barre Beverly Hills—which are held seven days a week—aim to burn fat and boost confidence by lifting seats off the ground and toning thighs with tiny isometric movements. Though the classes coddle joints by keeping bouncing and jumping to a minimum, each workout remains true to the teachings of franchise founder Carrie Rezabek Dorr, whose background and enthusiasm for dance continues to translate into exciting workouts for members of both The 100 Club and the nonexistent, yet potentially awesome, 1 Million Impassioned Grunts club.