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As she watched the dancers of Canopy Studio Repertory Company twirl and flip using a long cord of aerial silks during their evening performance, Amy Powell knew she wanted to do the same. Less than a year after joining the studio and taking classes, she was asked to perform in one of the company's shows, drawing from former gymnastics training and a natural affinity for high-flying dance to hone her abilities. More than a decade later, she now helms Chattanooga Aerials, located inside Scenic City Dance Center, as the director and head instructor and passes on her skills on silks, slings, and trapezes to all levels of students and budding telephone-company workers under the high ceilings of Scenic City Dance Center.

Amy instills students with a solid aerial foundation while also working to advance abilities toward graceful dancing and strength conditioning. She starts exercises at the lowest possible height to assuage first-timers before teaching dancers to work in tandem, using each other's bodies to perform coordinated moves. She and her fellow teachers can pinpoint the root cause of many of their students' physical limitations and inhibitions and often revise the curriculum or help students with their fears directly, perhaps by doing floor work that translates to the air. Muscles that have grown accustomed to more traditional workouts awaken in each class, and Amy's Something New workshop challenges students further with hybridized methods including aerial yoga and outdoor sessions using trees as aerial gear. When not teaching, she and her staff frequently perform for the community in programs for the children's Creative Discovery Museum and for Nightfall, a downtown concert series.

6435 Lee Highway
Chattanooga,
TN
US

Pilates Chattanooga?s instructors work closely with clients to strengthen and lengthen their physiques, using Joseph Pilates?s century-old fitness system and equipment to tone the core. Five types of classes include a program designed specifically for beginners that features one-on-one attention, and apparatus classes that utilize specialized Pilates equipment.

1110 Market St
Chattanooga,
TN
US

Equipment: Yoga mats, barre, balls, towels, yoga straps

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 11?25 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2013

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Metered street parking

Pro Tip: We don't require registering for a class, but that is the only way to guarantee a spot.

Q&A with the Manager

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

Throughout the class our instructors will encourage the clients to re-set the pose if they feel themselves falling out of it. Form is very important in our classes.

What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?

We start with a warm-up, go into arm work, then thigh and seat work, floor work, under the barre work, abs, and stretching.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We do not have full-time desk staff, so our studio is only open 15 minutes before and after each class. We lock the doors 5 minutes into the class to ensure our clients get an uninterrupted workout. This means we cannot allow you into class if you show up more than a few minutes late.

308 Broad Street
Chattanooga,
TN
US

The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.

6435 Lee Highway
Chattanooga,
TN
US

The certified personal trainers at EPOC Fitness care about one thing: measureable results for all of their clients. Believing that no fitness regimen works for everyone, the trainers at EPOC work to make sure each gym-goer does cardio and strength training appropriate to his or her fitness needs, and the staff offers nutritional counseling and modifications to workouts to make sure clients continue to meet their goals. Members can burn fat and build calories in this intimate gym with a personal trainer, or work up a sweat in one of the small-group boot-camp sessions offered Monday through Friday.

5744 Brainerd Road
Chattanooga,
TN
US

Toes Yoga's experienced instructors help students of all skill levels expand their range of motion and develop a newfound sense of inner strength with a wide variety of classes. Pupils gather in a warm, welcoming studio space to soothe aches during sessions of Yoga for Chronic Pain, bond with their kids during Family Yoga, or boost their heart rate during athletic flow classes.

3228 Brainerd Road
Chattanooga,
TN
US