When Christine Lulek left her professional ballet career, she searched for something to fill the void. She eventually discovered and fell in love with Pilates, particularly because the intense core workouts reminded her of the exercises she performed back in her dancing days. She worked in different studios and trained with many teachers until, in 2005, she felt ready to own her own Pilates school. She bought Fitness Dynamics Studio from its owner, moved it to a larger location so she could augment its Pilates courses with dance classes, and began sharing her lifelong love of exercise with students.
Now, six additional teachers—with certifications ranging from STOTT rehabilitative Pilates to Zumba and turbo kickboxing—join Christine to supplement her courses. Together, the team fills six days a week with high-energy fitness classes, relegating all low-energy fitness classes, such as Power Napping, to Sunday afternoons.
Led by experienced exotic dancer Nyla Farraz Pussycats Pole Dance leads flirty pole- and lap-dance classes to help women of all ages and fitness levels develop muscle while feeling sexy and embracing their womanhood. Nyla leads both women new to the moves as well as professionals through sexy moves around sturdy poles and chairs, teaching routines that develop core strength and control during weeks-long sessions. In addition to the long-term programs, Pussycats also offers party packages and drop-in classes such as pole stretch, cardio belly dancing, and exotic chair dancing.
Big cat Terry Schmoyer and his grooving kittens pound Fatcat Ballroom and Dance Company’s 5,800-square-foot floating hardwood floor with a variety of dance styles. Friday and Saturday group lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. each night, tangoing, waltzing, and swinging along for 45 minutes. The first class covers basic steps, and the second half works through more challenging dance patterns and introduces basic levitation. The Saturday-night party rewards class graduates with three hours of lively music, snacks, and ample space to practice new moves. Three 60-minute private lessons furnish solo shakers with in-depth technical instruction. Whether quickstepping through the foxtrot or preparing jaw muscles to clench rose stems throughout an extended tango, students easily gain and retain formal elegance thanks to traditional long-form teaching methods.
Owned by veteran coaches Julie and Dan Witenstein, Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance offers instruction in different types of kinesthetic coordination for beginning and intermediate performers age 6 months and up. Inside a 24,000-square-foot facility furnished with a range of equipment, students learn acrobatic fundamentals in a variety of gymnastics classes, 45–60 minutes each. Sessions range from the toddler-friendly Tumble Tots to the more advanced Dynamites, where pupils learn how to execute cartwheels while clutching sticks of TNT. Enroll budding Baryshnikovs in one of the studio's ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, or Broadway dance classes, and watch as they develop the twirling skills necessary to blend oversize smoothies. Check the schedule for a full list of course offerings. During Kids Night Out, parents drop their children off for an evening of supervised frolicking, freeing themselves for a night of relaxation and freely pronouncing the word D-E-N-T-I-S-T. Kids Night Out is for children age 3–13 and occurs on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 6–10 p.m. Children must be toilet trained.
As toes twinkle onstage, visitors can bask in the renovated scenery of Symphony Hall, which couples hand-blown glass chandeliers with a quartet of designer tapestries. One of the largest machine-made draperies known to man, the theater’s colorful Grand Drape symbolizes the renewal of generations, creativity, and library books discovered during fossil digs.
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance with today's Groupon: five group dance or fitness classes for $35 at Dance FX Studios (a $75 value). Experienced dancers and feeble-footed amateurs alike will benefit from a creative environment free of painful dental procedures. Or take advantage of fitness fun to shape your body into a rhombus.Hour 3: The other dancers revere you. Your nametag falls off, but everyone knows your nickname: “The Guy Who Was Acquitted of Trespassing Earlier in the Year.”