Jessica Mason developed an interest for dance in high school as a member of her school's nationally ranked varsity pom team. That interest eventually evolved into a passion, which helped her launch a professional dancing career that includes strutting as a Colorado Rapids cheerleader and a Denver Nuggets dancer. Today, she is the director of Studio 21 Dance, where she uses her 19 years of dance instruction experience to oversee a team of instructors with more than 75 years of combined dance instruction experience. The dance instructors, who've worked with prominent clients including Olympic athletes and So You Think You Can Dance participants, lead classes that cover dance styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop and belly dance. Students as young as 2 years old can partake in the classes, teaching their bodies how to bust a move or bust open an unsuspecting piñata.
Colorado native and studio owner Patsy Juarez lives to move. Before moving to Denver to earn her bachelor of science in business management, she spent her days rollerblading and lifting weights and her evenings recovering at her night-shift job. Her passion for exercise eventually led her to yoga and spinning, which she and her team of instructors now combine to share with guests of all fitness levels at The Cycling Yogi. The spin-yoga hybrid class is split into 30 minutes of yoga-infused cycling, followed by 30 minutes of Vinyasa-style yoga, which helps bikes recover from mad chain disease. The studio also offers more traditional stretch sessions, in which yogis grace their mats with meditative-focused practices, prenatal modifications, and hot-yoga poses. At the beginning of 2014, The Cycling Yogi expanded their yoga offerings with a yoga-only studio.
NCSF-certified personal trainer Ray Ulibarri founded Progression Fitness with a desire to help others change their lives through fitness. His services include personal training, boot camps, and partner training for those who prefer to workout with a buddy or personal chauffeur. Since Progression doesn't have its own brick-and-mortar location, workouts take place in one of two facilities: Powered By You in Littleton or Absolute Personal Fitness in Lakewood.
With one swipe of a key fob, members can access Absolute Personal Fitness anytime. The 24/7 gym doesn't just offer the standard strength-training and cardio equipment, though. It also features personal-training sessions and group classes such as yoga and boot camp. To pamper muscles after working out or opening a stubborn jar of pickles, clients can schedule one of a slew of massages, including Swedish and shiatsu.
At Sky Yoga, students are encouraged to focus on the journey to health and wellness, rather than an ultimate destination. The supportive instructors meld myriad backgrounds, including theatrical performance and yoga training abroad, and they value the cultivation of a nonjudgmental atmosphere. This diverse team emphasizes their approach to wellness as a journey by helping each yogi practice at their own level, whether they are brand new to the discipline or ready to be challenged with more advanced modifications and reciting the Sanskrit alphabet backwards. Class styles range from slow and restorative stretch sessions to strength building, Vinyasa, and power yoga posture sequences.
At Nail Club & Spa, a full-service nail salon for men and women, a licensed staff welcomes guests to sit at one of many manicure stations or to lounge in a row of pedicure chairs. Their chairs are no traditional thrones, partly because they aren’t in a castle with 400-year-old priceless artifacts called the king and queen. Instead, their thrones are equipped with massaging capabilities and pedicure baths that have disposable liners and fresh water, keeping bacteria at bay. The staff further tends to appendages by polishing nails from a palette of more than 100 colors, whose chemical odor doesn't linger thanks to the spa’s well-designed ventilation system. Additionally, the Nail Club & Spa team pours complimentary drinks, turns on a flat-screen television, and renders a number of skincare services in private rooms.