Led by Jose Aleman, a seasoned ballroom dancer and ACE-certified fitness instructor, Zumba Fusion’s lineup of cardio classes employs a calorie-busting combination of energy, coordination, and sultry dance moves inspired by salsa, samba, and tango. Aleman brings more than 20 years of teaching experience to each session, demonstrating easy-to-follow steps with patience and more grace than a production of Swan Lake performed by actual swans. Designed for exercisers of all levels, Zumba workouts melt calories to dynamic rhythms from around the world, creating a routine that is as fun as it is effective. In addition to raising heart rates, each class tones muscles throughout the body, which can help students run faster, jump higher, and bench-press monster trucks outside of class. And Zumba’s moves also translate to the club dance floor, instilling participants with confidence and a touch of exotic charm.
Rise Dance Studios’ team of expert dance instructors leads students of all ages through dance and theater classes in their two dance studios and private vocal room. Classes introduce children as young as 2 to ballet, tap, and jazz dancing. For those with more niche dance interests, Rise offers all-boys hip-hop classes and musical-theater classes. The instructors also lead adults through fitness-oriented classes, including Zumba classes that use dance techniques alongside pop and hip-hop beats to develop strength and flexibility, and ballet-inspired barre classes that target all major muscle groups to tone the body and relax the mind.
Optometrists and technicians at the family-oriented practice I'll Be Seeing You Optical have been treating eyes and supplying vision solutions for two decades. The optometrists perform exams and diagnostic tests before clients grab designer glasses, sunglasses, and monocles from brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, Versace, Fendi, and Coach or opt for contacts.
At Spa Jolie, aestheticians, massage therapists, and laser technicians cull techniques from a variety of cultures to beautify their clients. Reflexology, a 4,000-year-old Chinese method of applying pressure to specific points in the hands and feet, joins traditional Swedish and deep-tissue modalities to soothe weary physiques. Fresh, European seaweed makes up one of the layers in the four-layer facial to help tone and tighten the skin. When performing the ancient Indian technique of threading, technicians capture unwanted facial hair between twists of cotton fibers. These culturally diverse practices appear alongside a roster of lasers, made from all-natural, locally harvested machine parts, which help reduce cellulite and even whiten teeth.
At LaSalle Mixed Martial Arts, founder Michael LaSalle—whose resumé includes fighting in the 1999 Golden Gloves match and honing jujitsu skills in Brazil—shares his lifelong passion for mixed martial arts with pupils as young as 4 years old to students as old as adults. His classes focus on Asian and Latin American combat styles, including muay thai, Filipino weaponry, and Brazilian jujitsu, and they cultivate a noncompetitive, fun environment as pupils learn grappling techniques and how to defend themselves from throngs of rabid lucha libres. In addition to emphasizing technical skills and developing strength, the children's mixed-martial-arts program encourages kids to hone valuable life skills such as self-discipline, self-esteem, and concentration.
Beyond mixed-martial-arts classes, the studio also offers fitness classes, including cardio kickboxing and strength and conditioning training, and women's self-defense classes.