As a certified personal trainer for women, Rhiannan Nichole knows firsthand the physical benefits of working out. It wasn't until she started teaching pole-dancing classes, however, that she realized exercise can also induce inner change and empowerment. By blending challenging tricks with sensual movements in her own personal dance style, she works to help students feel more confident about their bodies, regardless of their age, shape, or fitness level. Along with fellow instructors, she leads seven classes, each of which centers on objectives rather than difficulty or government-mandated sweat quota. Nichole's vertical abilities have not only helped other women discover their inner vixens but have made her a fierce competitor in the California Pole Dance Championships and have even earned her a feature on the Pocket Pole iPhone application.
Dance Asylum’s name takes on a different meaning in each class—though the smooth, graceful movements of a foxtrot or a waltz can act as a sort of refuge from the outside world, the pulsating beats that fuel salsa and rumba classes can just as easily send dancers into fits of frenzy. With more than a dozen styles to choose from, students will have their hands full and their feet darting in all directions as they navigate a schedule that includes classes in the hustle, samba, two-step, and other dances gathered from ballrooms and nightclubs around the world.
Though classes may change according to contemporary trends—jazz, express pole dancing, and even aerial arts are some of the current offerings—the studio’s one constant is a staff comprised of professionally trained dancers with certifications and years of experience. These instructors rely on positive reinforcement during private and group lessons, boosting self-esteem by teaming up dancers of similar levels and forcing students to kiss their own reflections in the studio’s wall-length mirror. Once students' confidence reaches its peak, they can glide next door to the dancewear boutique and suit up in a brand-new tutu or feathery skirt.
From Mind to Body's empowering exotic-fitness classes help women achieve their physical fitness goals while bolstering self-esteem and confidence with a series of fun, sultry classes. If the only poles you've experienced are the horizontal ones that keep patrons from falling into the baboon pit at the zoo, the Pole Fitness Beginning Level classes teach sexy diva walks and seductive pole poses. Students can build a foundation for more advanced movements, such as grips, poses, rests, hand positions, momentum creation, and pose transitions. As fitness-seekers get better, they'll practice increasingly complex pole swings, tricks, and climbs—all of which tone the abs, legs, glutes, and arms far more intensely than hoisting a concrete hamster ball above one's head.
At Creation Station Dance, owner Judy Carmen—also known as Ms. Jude to her troupes of wee ones—and her staff of enthusiastic instructors cultivate an exciting and imaginative studio where kids can be kids. They teach children from 18 months to 16 years how to move and groove during age-appropriate dance classes that emphasize fun and creativity. While kids hone skills in ballet, tap, hip-hop, and musical-theater classes, they also develop strength, coordination, and cognitive abilities and boost their self-esteem, giving them the confidence to finally kick the boogeyman out of their closet.
Devised by Pure Barre founder Carrie Rezabek, these fusion classes will work your body in ways it's never been worked before by balancing the grace of dance with the exertion of lifting and the soothing of stretching. Each 55-minute session loosens, strengthens, and lengthens the body through the perfect blend of the ballet barre, weight-training, and limber Pilates. In the process, you'll tone your tush, thighs, hips, arms, and abs while burning fat efficiently and blocking out the invasive anxieties of the real world, such as the lingering dread that squirrels are evolving faster than us and will soon overtake the food chain.
Helmed by the passionate and experienced duo Stacey Craven and Christina Jondie, Smoke and Mirrors Fitness’s fleet of enthusiastic female instructors helps ladies to sculpt lean, muscular bodies while boosting self-esteem in empowering pole-fitness classes. Accommodating gals of all fitness and experience levels, they introduce newcomers to the weightless art of vertical gymnastics with beginner classes and help more advanced shimmiers to master complex tricks, inversions, transitions, and flips.
As guests stretch and climb on the collection of sleek silver poles, they tone upper-body muscles and increase flexibility, helping them to fit more comfortably inside large birthday cakes. Other classes such as chair dancing, yoga, and Tahitian dance let exercisers express themselves through sensual and centering maneuvers.