Fusing the graceful gestures of ballet and Pilates, the Xtend Barre workout challenges all body parts through a series of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches. The briskly paced, 55-minute workout sculpts and lengthens muscles in the style of traditional Pilates while also increasing one's awareness of posture and the prevalence of squirrels in pink tutus. Xtend's torso-twisting staff will help sculpt bodies proportionally, toning arms, thighs, and lifted derrieres, and can modify workouts for beginners, prenatal clients, or clients with injuries. Offering classes seven days a week, Xtend Barre SLC asks students to arrive for class sporting either socks (grip socks recommended) or suction-bottomed toe rings.
Salt Lake Fencing's skilled instructor fuels friendly athletic competition by adaptating fencing techniques to each guest's form and ability. During two-hour group fencing lessons, the savvy instructor gives beginner to intermediate swashbucklers a brief tour of fencing’s noble history while elucidating the weapons, basic attack moves, and this season's most stylish sword holsters. Rapiers in hand, masked guests learn and execute horseless jousts, lithe lunges, intricate footwork, and deft parries while dodging swift jabs and slices. Fledgling swordsmen work up to partaking in a real fencing duel, crossing blades with fellow dueling enthusiasts and freshly made mortal enemies to thwart the rise of such modern fighting techniques as eye pokes and selling false stories to the National Enquirer.
As a dancer and instructor, Tiffany Enger has pirouetted through world-renowned institutions such as Steps, The Broadway Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet School. Today, at Just Dance Academy, she and her staff of dance professionals help ignite passion for the art form in children as young as 3 years old. Though their classes build strong foundations in ballet, hip-hop, and other styles, benefits extend beyond just technical dance skills. The instructors strive to help each pupil become comfortable with self-expression and creativity during recitals and state-mandated flash mobs as well as auditions for the studio's competition teams.
Crawford School of Irish Dance has been helping dancers as young as six years old hone their kicks and toe points since 1983. Classes consist of 8–12 dancers overseen by an experienced step dancer certified by the Dublin Commission of Irish Dance. Irish step-dancing teaches young kickers how to focus, listen, and follow directions while adults and kids alike increase flexibility and memory function with quick movements. Registration is included, as is a new-student information packet. Classes generally are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The caring faculty at Syracuse Dance Academy helps students develop confidence and transform raw talent into stage-ready choreography during classes for ages 18 months and older. The 7,000-square-foot facility holds three separate studios—one for ballet, one specifically for children's classes, and one exclusively for tumbling. Prima ballerinas can stretch their legs on bars lining a hardwood floor that is suspended to cushion the body during graceful leaps and misguided trust falls. In the children's studio, parents gaze from observation windows during classes or pile in front of the purple-curtained stage to enjoy in-house performances. During tumbling classes for boys or girls, a pit trampoline and 50-foot rod floor help spring tumblers into the air, and the 16-foot vaulted ceiling ensures they come down before hitting the stratosphere. At the end of the year, dancers from every class sashay onto the Val A. Browning Center for Performing Arts' stage at Weber State University for the end-of-year recital that creates a professional dance atmosphere.
The instructors of French Kiss Fitness model their group classes after the acts of performers such as Pink, the pop star who thrilled audiences at the 2010 Grammys with a dance routine derived from circus acrobatics. Like a dark room plastered with Lou Ferrigno posters, the studio's workout style both develops and shows off muscle. Fourteen poles support physiques as they execute moves that build core strength; off the pole, students learn floor- or chair-based routines to replicate at home. Aerial classes build center strength with the help of silk ropes, dangling hoops, and a trapeze. For more traditional workouts, students can attend core-strengthening Pilates classes or yoga classes to relax the mind and body.