With high-energy, dance-infused routines, Envision Dance Academy's Zumba classes whittle waistlines and blast away calories within a fun, aerobic setting. Marble-sculpted instructors craft a schedule of easy-to-follow Zumba routines, drawing on choreography from Latin dances, such as salsa and merengue, for a high-octane cardio workout that trounces exercise apathy and nullifies excuses for remaining seated at wedding receptions. Set to fast-paced Latin music, each 60-minute fitness fiesta (a $5/class value) welcomes exercisers of all ages, sizes, and skill levels to whirl around the studio floor like a highly caffeinated Taz.
Dancers of all skill levels are invited to explore themselves through a variety of dance classes taught by Pera’s experienced and accomplished teachers. Tone your core muscles with a hoop dance class or dance to the Latin beat of Zumba, with classes available three times per week. Give unappreciated abdomens their moment in the spotlight with a six-week belly-dancing course, in which beginning bellies will learn posture, isolations, shimmies, and undulations, before fusing their newly found skills into a complete performance piece. Couples can reignite relationship flames with tantalizing tango sessions while simultaneously boosting self-confidence. Though there is no nudity in this or any other class, stripping away inhibitions is highly encouraged.
Classically trained and culturally diverse, Ballethnic Dance Company blends traditional ballet with the artistic influences of ethnic cultures. Its classes include ballet at all levels, hip hop, and jazz, along with more unique offerings such as African and ballethnicize, an original dance style developed by cofounder Waverly Lucas.
The sounds of jazz, hip hop, and other contemporary genres fill the four large studios at Gotta Dance Atlanta's 9,000-square-foot facility. Instructors describe the dance and fitness center as a "home away from home" for dancers of all abilities, and it's not hard to see why. Beginners can learn how to cut a rug or mow a hardwood floor in "Explore" classes that require no prior knowledge of dance terminology. Even dancers who have already worked up to the professional level can find a class to match their style, be it salsa or ballet. Students of all abilities benefit from classes such as Awesome Abs and Cardio Hip-Hop, which use dance as a jumping-off point for fitness workouts that tone and shape the body.
At the women’s only Glitter’s Fitness Club, visitors tone their physiques while unleashing their inner vixens during a choice of 22 classes per week. Instructors guide students through yoga and Piloxing, a fusion of Pilates and boxing, and helm sultry Zumba dance parties and Sexy Chair classes, during which students learn to look seductive while building a wooden rocking chair.
No one has ever trained for the lead in Swan Lake just to tighten their abs, but dancers, choreographers, and Atlanta Zumba Dance instructors Faaridah and Nahari both agree that it comes with the territory. That’s why they’ve channeled their experiences in the performing arts into a platform for dance-based fitness instruction. Faaridah was particularly drawn to Zumba because of her Caribbean and Hispanic heritage, and Nahari has been a student of Middle Eastern dances for nearly a decade, so their curriculum of Zumba and belly dancing was a natural fit.
Students can shed pounds and throw on their shiniest layer of sweat during Zumba classes, a 60-minute dance-based aerobic workout with easy-to-follow choreography performed to a soundtrack of Latin rhythms. The dance moves are an amalgam of styles that includes elements of salsa, cha-cha, merengue, flamenco, and tango. Classes at Atlanta Zumba Dance always begin with a warm-up, followed by intervals of faster and slower tempos. Visits conclude with a cool-down and stretch session. In addition to group classes, patrons may rent the studio for a private-lesson Zumba party or to spin around in an office chair without anyone telling them that they’ll get sick.