Husband and wife duo Tabora and Toy Laster, owners of Choice Training Group Fitness, electrify the studio with their characteristic energy. Whether they're dressing up in hokey hula shirts to promote Zumba fitness parties or bringing in guest instructors to host self-defense sessions, the two aim to create a gym that feels like an inclusive club.
Newbies and old hats jump into a diverse set of classes, ranging from group fitness and boot camp, to pole-dancing sessions in the Kandy & Krome room, a mirror-lined, pole-bestrewn sanctuary for flirty fitness. Alongside high-energy cardio classes such as Belly Dance Fusion, Absolute Abs, or Zumba, the studio hosts bachelorette parties, couples massage sessions, and workshops on effective methods for releasing stress.
Cyndi Dorber believes both aspects of "social dance" are equally important. She views dance as a social skill as much as a technical one. At her studio, A Dance With Me, Cyndi encourages coupled and single dancers alike to rotate partners regularly, which helps everyone meet new people and adapt to different dancing styles or a dancing partner's velcro jumpsuit. A team of instructors teach foundational dance styles from ballroom and Latin to swing and Western. The studio also regularly hosts dance socials, and brightens outside events with casual dance lessons.
In 1994, Jason Dollar was at a career high. The National Cheerleaders Association presented its first NCA Choreography Award and Dollar was the beaming recipient. But the momentum that took him to the top didn’t stop there. He went on to earn more choreography awards and sit as a judge on several national cheerleading and borscht-eating panels. In 2002, he experienced a new career milestone when he founded Pride—the nationally acclaimed competitive cheerleading team that calls North Dallas Tumble and Cheer home. Today, the 12,000-square-foot facility houses competitive cheer programs as well as beginner to advanced tumbling and gymnastic programs for young athletes.
Since 2004, SalsaDallas.com has organized salsa dancing events and performances. The company's dancers also teach salsa lessons held weekly at various locations. Beginners learn basic steps, and more advanced students practice complex footwork and techniques for standing out on the dance floor.