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 24 years of dance experience to oversee a team of instructors with more than 75 years of combined teaching 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 apologize to bees after mistaking their hive for a piñata.
The dough know-it-alls at The Garlic Knot prepare an array of Italian favorites utilizing premium cheeses and Old World sauce. Through the process of stretching, hand-tossing, and stone-deck oven-baking fresh dough, delicious flavors and historically accurate European trivia emerge from the steaming pizza pies. The impressive menu boasts a laundry list of New York–style pizzas named after famous Big Apple locales, such as The Greenwich Village—strewn with meatballs, mushrooms, and garlic ($13.50/medium, $18/large)—and The Stock Exchange, covered in sausage, green peppers, and red onions ($12.50/medium, $16.75/large). Hot hero sub sandwiches such as The "E" Train chicken cutlet parmigiana ($6.50) and The “7” Train meatball parmigiana ($6.50) buzz through underground tunnels en route to tummy terminals. The menu also features savory garlic knots ($2.95) and a suite of kid-friendly meals.
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.