Dozens of sneakers pound Brickhouse Cardio Club Dover’s hardwood dance floor in time to a pulsating beat. When attending one of the club’s Zumba, Hip Hop Hustle, or TurboKick cardio-kickboxing classes, students can contribute to this booming chorus as they let loose and burn calories in groups of up to 50. Certified fitness instructors set a frenetic pace for most dance classes, though they occasionally slow things down for a relaxing yoga session. As soon as their larger groups file out of the studio, they lead personal-training sessions that allow for a workout experience more intimate than bench-pressing a stack of friends’ diaries.
From the tranquil tones of the flora-laden reception area to the dual waterfalls and simulated sky of the Meditation Room, Harmony Wellness Center strives first for client comfort. Licensed therapists and aestheticians demonstrate chivalry by ordering a detoxifying body wrap and a cleansing facial for clients mesmerized by the spa's a multifarious menu, which features soothing, organic ingredients like distilled essence of bliss and free-range lullabies. Free consultations help serenity smiths craft the perfect custom service packages for each patient's skin. Besides the ornate, expansive lounge and meditation quarters, Harmony Wellness Center maintains comfortable private treatment rooms to minimize the presence of sousaphones.
Christy, owner of Rhythm and Fitness, has always struggled with her weight. It wasn’t until she found herself running and walking in a half marathon, instead of cheering from the sidelines as she had intended, that she resolved to transform her body, and through that experience, her life. During her journey to better health, she dropped in on a Zumba class, and the rest was history. Christy fell in love with Zumba; she loved how it made her feel, how she lost weight after every workout, and how much fun it was. She resolved to share her newfound love with others and become a licensed instructor. Christy began teaching classes and ended up with more students than she knew what to do with. From there, Rhythm and Fitness was born.
Today, Christy sports a certification in weight management and nutrition, is working toward her PhD in health psychology, and helms a collection of instructors who lead a variety of fitness classes that focus on making cardio exercise enjoyable. They also teach ZumbAtomic classes for kids and host birthday parties complete with high-energy dancing and choreographed candle blowing.
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The News Journal Readers' Choice Award winner in 2013 for Best Dance Studio, Take The Lead Dance Studio creates a fun and friendly environment for individuals looking to move. Students learn from a dynamic staff of instructors, many of whom have competed at the professional, international, and collegiate level. Teachers traffic in a variety of soft and silky moves, as students sample styles such as bachata, the hustle, salsa, and foxtrot. Couples can also collaborate with an instructor to learn a unique first dance for their wedding or other special occasion.