Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
The Blackout Beat's production and songwriting duo, brothers Armando and Marcos Garibay, create music with driving beats, rap lyrics, and an electronic edge. Within their RiNo Arts District studio, they help developing artists pin down their sound, provide custom-produced instrumentals, and offer recording deals that range from demo and mixtape packages to full-album packages. They're also happy to employ their skills and ears to produce and write original content for other artists. In addition to their onsite production studio, the brothers run a dance studio that teaches hip-hop, salsa, and belly dancing.
Nobody should have to suffer through a workout, say the fitness pros who helm Studio Thrive. So, to make exercise as enjoyable as possible, they design group classes that are fun, social, and suitable for all skill levels. Most instructors bring an extensive dance background to the classroom, filling classes such as Zumba and TRX. Personal-training sessions often center on functional-training tools such as TRX suspension straps and kettlebells, both of which foster flexibility and core strength. In addition to designing highly customized workouts, certified personal trainers perform body-composition analyses and fitness assessments to track their clients' progress.
When they're not leading classes or personal-training sessions, Studio Thrive's staffers host private Zumba parties in the spacious studio, lined with oversize mirrors, a polished wooden floor, and a cobalt-blue ceiling. Upon request, they can also bring Zumba sessions to offices, apartment buildings, or painfully quiet libraries.
Richard and Jennifer Booth fell in love with ballroom dancing more than 30 years ago. Since then, they've fueled their passion by participating in national dance competitions and coaching U.S. champions and finalists in all styles of ballroom dance. At Booth's Dance Denver, the couple strives to pass their love of dance to others through private and group lessons that cover more than 30 dances, including salsa, East Coast swing, and tango. They also host Friday- and Sunday-night dance parties, where students can show off their new moves.
School your soles in a subject more useful than the rules of courtly love, cuneiform calligraphy, or the metric system with today's side deal. For $15, you'll get four swing-dance lessons worth a total $30 at 23 Skidoo!, a small studio offering lessons for all ages and skill sets. This Groupon is good for 23 Skidoo!'s 7 p.m. Thursday classes specializing in East Coast swing or jitterbug. Courses begin on the first Thursday of each month and take place on every Thursday throughout that month. No partner is required for enrollment and all classes take place inside the Mercury Cafe.
The instructors at L'Ru Studios—all of whom have undergone professional training or held careers in the dance industry—aren't afraid to mix things up. They lead a range of classes where fusion is key. For instance, in pole dancing and salsa, they combine cardio and strength-training exercises with sensual movements to create fun and unique fitness experiences. They even blend disciplines into entirely new styles—their vertical barre course mixes pole tricks with ballet techniques. For even more unconventional workouts, they lead circus and aerial yoga sessions that combine acrobatics with flexibility-boosting poses. In addition to offering private parties and lessons, they host workshops and class series designed to build a repertoire of dance or circus skills for use in full routines.
Though their curriculum is broad, their philosophy remains focused. They strive to cultivate a judgment-free area for guests of all fitness levels, builds, and ages. This ideology of accessibility and acceptance surfaces in their small class sizes and supportive attitudes.