Dance Unlimited's graceful gurus nurture students' passion for rhythm and movement, schooling soft-shoers of all experience levels in a positive atmosphere. Taught by Dr. Nicole Rothman, the aerobic-dance hybrid Zumba class (Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) makes hearts race to the tunes and rhythms of Latin music, like a dog-sled team driven by a Mariachi band. The Ballroom/Latin class (Wednesdays, 8:15 p.m.–9:15 p.m.) alternates instruction on salsa, samba, tango, and cha-cha with swing, waltz, and other footwork favorites. Couples are welcome, but for those not living buddy-cop fantasies, a partner isn't necessary. Groupon customers are free to take all six of their lessons in a single category, or mix, match, and even take both on the same night. Bring appropriate floor-pounding footwear and call ahead to reserve your spot.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Coach Mo prides himself on his ability to adapt workouts to suit any age, background, or fitness level. To make good on his goal, he offers a variety of programs such as Athletic FitCamp for athletes aged 10–18, MaxFitOne small-group training, and one-on-one personal training.
Craft Gallery's experienced artists and teachers helm intimate classes to foster the creativity of amateur crafters and experienced artisans alike. During pottery-painting sessions, visitors can decorate blank bisques from a selection of more than 200 forms, including plates, mugs, vases, and life-size figurines of the Statue of Liberty. Those opting to construct fused-glass pieces can create glossy pendants, earrings, sun-catchers and tiles from colorful stacked glass shards that are fired into a smooth, low-relief composition. Otherwise, pottery-wheel classes—limited to small sessions of up to four students and one instructor—enlighten participants on the basics of creating symmetrical clay forms on the wheel without the aid of a licentious ghost. Each of the options includes all studio fees, and the studio's staff professionally glazes and fires every piece for a polished, finished, and food-safe final product. Craft Gallery is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bindu guides yogis of all levels through daily classes that strengthen and restore bodies and calm bustling brains. Bindu specializes in Vinyasa yoga, a practice that streams muscle and breath movement into one continuous flow. During Divine Play Vinyasa sessions, disciplined contractions, extensions, and alignments awaken life-force energy and the ability to channel soft-serve through ordinary drinking fountains. Vinyasa concludes in the relaxation pose shavasana, known less poetically as corpse pose, wherein yogis simulate the proud posture of dead presidents. Bindu's eight yoga masters also lead therapeutic Viniyoga and athletic Ashtanga classes that align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places. Sessions range from 60–90 minutes.
Not many actors can say they've performed in a production directed by a 12-year-old, but Erin Coley has always had an instinctive sense of how to put on a show. Years later, she and her husband, J.R., founded Standing Ovation Performing Arts, assembling eight other experts in the field to encourage kids to get on the stage as early as possible. Improv comedy, puppetry, and playwriting help students express themselves while giving them the skills to deliver confident class presentations and rousing monologues on the futility of naptime.
The functional rig in the middle of CrossFit Boynton Beach's bare-bones gym looks a little like a jungle gym. That's appropriate, because the facility's certified coaches lead classes that are a little like play time. Their charges swing from gymnastics rings, shimmy up ropes, throw medicine balls around, and run while pushing weighted sleds. They choose these kinds of exercises because they require everyday motions, and perfecting those motions preps for all physical activity. The movements also enhance all 10 elements of fitness, including strength, agility, and speed. It's a well-rounded system, and one of the main reasons they subscribe to it. Another reason is its adaptability, allowing them to scale routines to the abilities of all ages and fitness levels.