Mandy Morris has never enjoyed staying put. For more than 14 years, she dedicated her life to dancing and acting, performing in venues from New York to Los Angeles, as well as on cruise ships. She returned to Kansas City with a global cornucopia of experience in jazz, hip-hop, salsa, and calypso. By founding Studio Moves, Mandy and her fellow instructors gave themselves a way to both share their passion for dance and help students of all skill and fitness levels discover new ways to work out.
The schedule of eclectic classes reflects Mandy's own passion for all things dance. Ballet fitness combines classical ballet exercises, yoga stretches, and cardio dance to develop the grace, power, and sculpted muscle tone associated with professional dancers. Zumba speeds up the pace with a cardio-intensive regimen of simple-to-follow choreography set to upbeat, Latin-inspired melodies. The studio also dispels pent-up stress with meditation, calm stretches, and a complete absence of hawk screeches during zen sessions.
Each instructor at Pilates 1901 has extensive training in the Stott method, combining a contemporary understanding of physiology with traditional Pilates techniques to create a safe and accessible regimen of silhouette-firming exercises. Instructors gather small group equipment classes as well as larger mat, cardio, ball and Zumba classes. Pilates 1901 has five fully equipped studios with 16 reformers, 6 chairs, 2 cadillacs and a 1,500 square foot group exercise room. Pilates 1901 offers 50 varied classes weekly.
Learning2Fly’s founder Sumya Anani believes that all conscious movement leads one further down the path to empowerment. It is this philosophy that led Anani to become a registered yoga teacher, massage therapist, personal trainer, and four-time world boxing champion. After travelling the country to train under several top aerialists, she now strives to inspire others through her curriculum—which includes aerial yoga and trapeze—that stirs up self-awareness, discipline, and perseverance. Her trained instructors also teach floor-bound boxing and Hatha yoga classes, which boost the flexibility and strength of those who are afraid of heights or making their pet emu jealous.
At Body & Soul’s urban neighborhood studio, dedicated and trained instructors lead a variety of motion machinations energized by yoga, Zumba, NIA, Awareness through Movement, and Pilates techniques. Available classes include three levels of Vinyasa yoga—each designed with posture, breathing, and floor posing in mind—as well as specialized pre- and postnatal yoga classes that prep expectant moms for the big day and help new moms get reacquainted with their toes. Other options include Latin-inspired dance cardio in Zumba and nonimpact cardio workouts ripe with comprehensive movements set to upbeat, beat-laden music.
The team is led by Faithful Fitness KC’s director, David Oquendo, who has been training for six years, earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and working with clients aged 16–65 in the process. He and his team work out of their home base at Faithful Fitness—a full-service gym with advanced facilities that include 20 yards of track, lifting areas, and rowing machines. They lead sport-specific training and personalized programs, as well as classes that include boot camp, yoga, suspension training, and metabolic cardio training. The team aims to promote fat loss and leaner muscles while increasing metabolic rates and flexibility.
The instructors at Yoga Patch embrace inclusiveness, leading classes for children, adults, and families. Youngsters learn the asanas while making noises as they pose, adolescents try partner exercises that build teamwork, and adults learn to drop stress during meditation and DMV line reenactments. For patrons who have difficulty standing, the staff leads chair yoga sessions that increase balance and flexibility with supportive props. They also schedule Pay What You Can classes, further demonstrating their belief that anyone should be able to practice yoga, regardless of build or budget.