Fusing the graceful gestures of ballet and Pilates, the Xtend Barre workout challenges all body parts through a series of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches. The briskly paced, 55-minute workout sculpts and lengthens muscles in the style of traditional Pilates while also increasing one's awareness of posture and the prevalence of squirrels in pink tutus. Xtend's torso-twisting staff will help sculpt bodies proportionally, toning arms, thighs, and lifted derrieres, and can modify workouts for beginners, prenatal clients, or clients with injuries. Offering classes seven days a week, Xtend Barre SLC asks students to arrive for class sporting either socks (grip socks recommended) or suction-bottomed toe rings.
Salt Lake Fencing's skilled instructor fuels friendly athletic competition by adaptating fencing techniques to each guest's form and ability. During two-hour group fencing lessons, the savvy instructor gives beginner to intermediate swashbucklers a brief tour of fencing’s noble history while elucidating the weapons, basic attack moves, and this season's most stylish sword holsters. Rapiers in hand, masked guests learn and execute horseless jousts, lithe lunges, intricate footwork, and deft parries while dodging swift jabs and slices. Fledgling swordsmen work up to partaking in a real fencing duel, crossing blades with fellow dueling enthusiasts and freshly made mortal enemies to thwart the rise of such modern fighting techniques as eye pokes and selling false stories to the National Enquirer.
As a dancer and instructor, Tiffany Enger has pirouetted through world-renowned institutions such as Steps, The Broadway Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet School. Today, at Just Dance Academy, she and her staff of dance professionals help ignite passion for the art form in children as young as 3 years old. Though their classes build strong foundations in ballet, hip-hop, and other styles, benefits extend beyond just technical dance skills. The instructors strive to help each pupil become comfortable with self-expression and creativity during recitals and state-mandated flash mobs as well as auditions for the studio's competition teams.
The dress code of each fitness class at Onyx tells a lot about the curriculum: the shorter the shorts, the better in the pole fitness classes, as contact between the bare skin and the pole helps keeps students in gravity-defying inversion. Meanwhile, it’s better to wear long pants for the aerial fitness classes—you can avoid rope burn this way while climbing the silks that hang in the spacious aerial studio. These two types of classes make up the majority of Onyx Pole and Aerial Fitness Studio’s classes, and though the classes are fun, the instructors take the fitness aspect seriously, too. To that end, they offer boot camp, bodyrock, and core pole classes to help students achieve their overall fitness goals.
Darla Davis can fly. Suspended from long, flowing silks, she tumbles through the air with grace and elegance, creating movement that's athletically and aesthetically impressive at the same time. An experienced performer, she has honed her skills on the aerial silks with guidance from some of the same trainers who work with Cirque du Soleil. When she's not performing, Davis introduces others to the world of aerial acrobatics, teaching children and adults challenging and exhilarating moves. Classes at her sunny studio include hand/body balance and aerial yoga.
Since winning an individual all-around in a gymnastics state championship at age 14, Dana Benefiel has racked up state gymnastics championships at the high-school level, served as University of Utah's head cheerleader, and coached squads at Salt Lake Community College. Now the owner of Cobalt Cheer, Dana imbues pupils of all skill sets with tumbling and cheering fundamentals by honing in on proper techniques. Recreational cheer courses for tots and teens improve basic jumps and stunts, while a plethora of tumbling classes range from beginning handstand work to advanced tucks, layouts, and precise Charlie Chaplin pratfalls. Dana also trains the Cobalt All-Stars, a competitive cheerleading outfit that performs tightly choreographed jumping, stunting, and dancing routines at state, regional, and national competitions.