After achieving perhaps the pinnacle of success in the Irish dancing world?lead roles in Lord of the Dance?Aisling Toal Casey and Shaun Casey retired to Denver to open Celtic Steps School of Irish Dance to train the next generation of superb Irish step dancers. They've succeeded; the school's dancers have won awards from the All Ireland Championships, the North American Irish Dance Championships, and the Western Region Oireachtas. Aisling, Shaun, and fellow teacher Eimear Toal are all TCRG certified and instruct boys and girls aged 4?12, as well as adults, at locations throughout the area. They specialize in traditional Irish solo and ceili dancing and teach dancers important fundamentals, such as jig steps, dancing in unison, and how to dance without your wig of ringlets flying off. In addition to competing in championships, students also have performed on local television and in St. Patrick's Day parades.
The class is small, a cluster of hard-working students lift their legs as an instructor walks around them to check posture and adjust forms. The instructors at ReVibe Pilates & Bodywork purposefully keep their Pilates classes intimate to ensure they can attend to each student in turn. This enables the teachers to better help their charges as they build core, arm, and leg muscles by performing exercises on the Reformer machines or on the mat.
In addition to mat and reformer classes, the team also leads Barre ReVibe sessions that use ballet-inspired exercises to create long and lithe physiques. Massage therapists, meanwhile, are on hand to help students recover from injury or stress with treatments such as Swedish massage, hot stone therapy, or group hugs.
At locations throughout the world, Fit Body Bootcamp's instructors share a common goal: to guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals through regimented training programs. At the Colorado Springs Location, head trainer Nathan Cragg combines the techniques he gained from 12 years of army training with Fit Body Bootcamp's tried-and-true fitness strategies. He and his team of trainers lead group classes that integrate cardio with resistance training, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. He designs workouts to be time efficient and varied, avoiding workout plateaus that may leave clients uninspired. In addition to motivating clients to work their bodies, Nathan also empowers them with healthy eating guidelines.
Crossfit Pandora’s Box welcomes students of all fitness levels to one-hour Crossfit classes held seven days a week. Head trainer Tamara Gray motivates students to demolish their self-perceived barriers during strength and conditioning workouts that vary daily. Drawing from the same principles as police-academy and military special-ops training, the total-body fitness regimen utilizes a rotating cast of equipment that includes kettlebells, tires, and spiked maces to scare calories out of hiding. The co-ed group setting fosters a communal atmosphere, filling the expansive workout studio with echoes of shouts and booming high-fives.
Mark and Dorie Wexler?along with a talented staff of multicultural instructors?enthusiastically spread the irresistible rhythm of Latin beats through their signature Zumba fitness and salsa classes, earning their location the title of Best Dance Studio from Colorado Springs Independent in 2013 as well as Best Adult Dance Studio from the Gazette in 2014. The Wexlers view dance as a form of fitness rather than one of competition, allowing students to enjoy themselves and experiment without the fear of being rated or punched in the knees by ornery judges.
Whether you want to stand taller, bend over backwards, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, Pranava Yoga Center offers a suitable yoga style. Dharma Yoga, the challenging vinyasa series created by Sri Dharma Mittra, drives harmony down through the mesosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere until it calms the core, while Gentle Yoga, based on gently flowing Hatha yoga, nurtures the nervous system by allowing yogis to focus on the internal feeling of each position. Multiple levels of vinyasa and ashtanga vinyasa are available, as is a Yoga Basics session to introduce newbies to the strengthening and flexibilifying practice. More than 35 different classes are on the schedule each week.