With high-energy, dance-infused routines, Envision Dance Academy's Zumba classes whittle waistlines and blast away calories within a fun, aerobic setting. Marble-sculpted instructors craft a schedule of easy-to-follow Zumba routines, drawing on choreography from Latin dances, such as salsa and merengue, for a high-octane cardio workout that trounces exercise apathy and nullifies excuses for remaining seated at wedding receptions. Set to fast-paced Latin music, each 60-minute fitness fiesta (a $5/class value) welcomes exercisers of all ages, sizes, and skill levels to whirl around the studio floor like a highly caffeinated Taz.
No one has ever trained for the lead in Swan Lake just to tighten their abs, but dancers, choreographers, and Atlanta Zumba Dance instructors Faaridah and Nahari both agree that it comes with the territory. That’s why they’ve channeled their experiences in the performing arts into a platform for dance-based fitness instruction. Faaridah was particularly drawn to Zumba because of her Caribbean and Hispanic heritage, and Nahari has been a student of Middle Eastern dances for nearly a decade, so their curriculum of Zumba and belly dancing was a natural fit.
Students can shed pounds and throw on their shiniest layer of sweat during Zumba classes, a 60-minute dance-based aerobic workout with easy-to-follow choreography performed to a soundtrack of Latin rhythms. The dance moves are an amalgam of styles that includes elements of salsa, cha-cha, merengue, flamenco, and tango. Classes at Atlanta Zumba Dance always begin with a warm-up, followed by intervals of faster and slower tempos. Visits conclude with a cool-down and stretch session. In addition to group classes, patrons may rent the studio for a private-lesson Zumba party or to spin around in an office chair without anyone telling them that they’ll get sick.
At the women’s only Glitter’s Fitness Club, visitors tone their physiques while unleashing their inner vixens during a choice of 22 classes per week. Instructors guide students through yoga and Piloxing, a fusion of Pilates and boxing, and helm sultry Zumba dance parties and Sexy Chair classes, during which students learn to look seductive while building a wooden rocking chair.
Twist, jive, and step into shape with two classes at Dance 101. This 10,000-square-foot dance warehouse is the largest adult-only dance studio in the country, offering more than 120 classes weekly to more than 12,000 students. Dance 101’s 40-some instructors teach genres across the spectrum to everyone from beginners to professionals. And catering exclusively to adults also means stressed parents can take a break from listening to those inescapable Duckbuddies CDs. Take a stab at A-Town Funk, Afro Lyrical Fusion, Clubbin 101, or Ballet Kinetics. Or try out one of Dance 101’s 11 new classes launching August 23, like Cardio Belly Dance or Body Blast. All classes are drop-in, giving you the flexibility to dance whenever you like without the hassle of a scheduled commitment. Like the Duckbuddies say, "Show up, and get down!"
At Tango Evolution, passionate, experienced dance-floor denizens whisk students of all ages and shoe sizes through six hip-swiveling sessions of Argentina's sultriest export. Luxuriate in risqué rhythms and fiery footwork via one of three class series: walking and turning, musicality and rhythm, or leading the cross and ochos. Class sizes range from 20 to 40 students, and dance partners switch throughout the lesson, which means tango newbies need not cajole their spouses, roommate, or rhythmically inclined patent lawyer into partaking. Students will also receive 50% off one of Tango Evolution’s milongas, monthly tango dance parties in which footwork fledglings can flutter across the floor, displaying their blossoming tango talents and impressive wingspan in a lively, sociable atmosphere.