Dance King Studios owner Adam King leads his instructors in tutoring feet to move to the rhythms of salsa, bachata, tango, and swing. But his rug-cutting team doesn't simply teach students how to dance—the studio also hosts parties that encourage dancers to socialize as they show off their skills in a low-stress setting free of hecklers or trapdoors. The team also helps wedding-bound couples find their footing for first dances. Adam told Leesburg Today that he loves putting nervous pairs at ease. “Most people say they have two left feet, but I'm about overturning those ideas,” he said. “Anybody can learn to dance, it's a matter of giving yourself a chance.”
More than 10,000 students have honed their dance stylings in the Loudoun School of Ballet’s 6,000-square-foot dance facility, their steps echoing through three studios equipped with Marley floors and acoustic ceilings. The school’s graduates have gone on to careers at professional companies and on Broadway thanks to a rigorous year-round training program that starts as early as preschool. The studio's accredited and award-winning instructors sometimes get an assist from guest talent, who encourage upper-level pupils' artistic growth without filling their ballet slippers with fertilizer.
The studio also hosts an adult program geared more toward developing fitness than professional dance careers. Ballet, jazz, and tap courses grant students poise and the ability to conceal cheat sheets of dance tips in their leotards, and fitness courses and Zumba’s easy-to-follow Latin dance moves burn calories and raise heart rates.
The experienced instructors at The Pilates Center draw on more than 600 hours of training to lead workouts in a studio stocked with Pilates apparatuses. The 50-minute mat classes combine resistance work with stretching exercises, using magic circles, hand weights, and stretch bands to increase core strength and reduce stress and stress-related giggles. Beginner mat sessions establish a foundation for future classes by improving flexibility and imparting the wisdom behind each stretch, allowing intermediate classes to include more extension and inversion techniques in their regimens. Mat Flow & Stretch sessions introduce fluid transitions into the workout, creating a more kinetic Pilates class that tasks an armada of bands and rollers with elongating the body's eager musculature. Classes meet about eight times throughout the week, and the center provides mats and necessary equipment, leaving customers with nothing to tote along other than their opinions on faster-than-light travel.
Flow Yoga has both a Leesburg studio and a recently opened Ashburn location. The Leesburg studio features hardwood floors, high ceilings, and lots of windows to let in natural light. It offers a warm, inviting atmosphere for yoga as well as a boutique for the purchase of mats, accessories, and other essentials. As for the Asburn location, a team of talented instructors helped design the new space to exact specifications. It boasts two different practice rooms: one for heated classes, the other for non-heated. It also pumps atmosphere through its oxygen air system, filling lungs with the most essential element for exercise or breathing fire. Both practice spaces receive tons of natural light that rewards bodies with vitamin D and the studio with a lower electricity bill.
CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person’s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
ATA Elite Martial Arts operates as a branch of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), an organization with more than four decades of teaching experience. At the Elite Martial Arts facility, instructors sharpen students young and old into physically fit, self-confident protégés. Tae kwon do for adults classes blend traditional disciplines into intense cardio workouts, and krav maga classes teach usable, real-life self-defense methods to fend off attacks. For younger practitioners, the facility offers several programs, including Karate for Kids sessions that instill healthy habits and self-confidence at a young age.
Pole Pressure owner Jessalynn Medairy is an international pole-dancing performer, judge, and teacher. In 2010, she placed fourth in the US Pole Dancing Championship, she has appeared numerous times in Pole2Pole magazine, and she often performs for NATO. With these credentials, Jessalynn heads a team of certified pole-fitness instructors as they teach students the art of pole fitness in a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes. The instructors keep classes small to give students the one-on-one attention they need to master the sultry and muscle-toning spins, twirls, and climbs.