At Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, everyone is welcome—whether you're an aspiring professional dancer or just looking to have a good time while learning dance moves beyond the Macarena. Adults break a sweat in Zumba, African dance fitness, and stretching and toning classes, while younger students master ballet positions, tap steps, and leaps and turns. All the while, Princess Mhoon and her staff craft a welcoming environment that balances serious study with light-hearted fun. It's not just the students who sing Princess Mhoon Cooper's praises—the instructor and choreographer has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Dance magazine honored her in a 2006 list of 25 to watch.
Divinefiesta Fitness Studio's peppy, certified instructors pump up heart rates and tone muscles with the festive cardio dance routines of Zumba, Zumba Toning, and Zumbatomic kids' classes. As high-energy Latin tunes animate the room, instructors lead easy-to-follow moves culled from dances such as salsa, rumba, and the graceful arc of a taco flying through a grade-school cafeteria. They marry calorie-melting steps with slow swivels that tighten hips and abs to help clients to shimmy up to their fitness goals.
At Beyond Limits, the staff and students alike unite under a common love for movement, whether it takes the form of lively dance steps or energetic exercises. In fitness centers and schools throughout the local area, the passionate instructors lead students through Zumba and boot-camp workouts designed to build strength, enhance energy, and slim waistlines. The experienced coaches also captain a dance company that performs at concerts, community events, and fundraisers.
To supplement their clients’ workouts, instructors dole out nutritional guidance, emphasizing wholesome habits over unhealthy weight-loss tactics such as crash dieting or dumping the contents of your fridge into the city’s water reservoir.
At Mirror Image Fitness, founders and twin sisters Charmaine and Elaine Davis, along with their staff of dance instructors, help visitors shed pounds and stay in shape with an array of fitness classes. Boot camp courses help clients get in shape with a well rounded regimen of fitness activities, nutritional counseling, and motivational training, and Zumba classes pump up heart rates to a soundtrack of Latin dance hits.
Though the schedule changes frequently, belly dancing, pole dancing, and exotic dancing always play a major role in fitness at My Body Shop. Its instructors help women get fit and work on seductive moves all at once. They also host traditional Zumba and aerobics classes.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.