Skilled dancers Kelley and Danielle Larkin draw on their experiences grooving for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Vanessa Williams, performing on Broadway, and choreographing for films as they preside over the staff at Studio L Dance Co. In a 9,200-square foot studio, the movement gurus guide Pavlovas-in-training from their first pirouettes to their mastery of balancing on pointe shoes. Jazz, tap, hip-hop, and lyrical dance headline the class schedule, and the instructors focus their lessons on terminology, technique, and combinations to create well-rounded dancers. They also cater to young men with boys-only classes and run open adult classes that focus on how to pop and lock while filing taxes.
Jersey Shore Hot Yoga offers classes in 10 different types of yoga plucked from multiple threads of the yoga lineage. Although classes differ in length, selection of poses, and overall approach, each is designed to suit novices and advanced practitioners equally. At the studio, students may take their routine to another level with varying types of hot yoga or stick to more traditional approaches, such as Vinyasa flow.
Fitness professionals lead a variety of classes for students ranging from kids to seniors that emphasize aerobics and strength training. Classes include Pilates, yoga, swimming, and studio sessions. In addition to fitness courses, the studio also features a full gym with cardio and strength-training equipment.
Jeannie, along with her staff of instructors at Easy Fitness with Jeannie, leads a variety of classes designed to strengthen and tone muscles while burning fat. Classes include energetic Zumba sessions of Latin dance based steps set to upbeat music, relaxing yoga for all skill levels, and intense boot-camp sessions incorporating plyometric and calisthenic exercises.
Between his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills and subsequent role as host of many ESPN sports specials, John Nies is something of a sports expert. Curiosity about ancient Eastern training led him into an eight-year apprenticeship with a doctor of Chinese medicine who showed John another side to training. John combined the two disciplines into his signature East West Chi Camp and opened The Power Center, a place for athletes and regular exercisers to transform both mind and body.
With the assistance of his team of trainers, John teaches classes that run the gamut from fun cardio kickboxing to full on, traditional wing chun kung fu training. He encourages students to study and embrace a simple philosophy he calls the seven disciplines, which infuse fitness with simple tenets such as nourishing your body, connecting with nature, and being able to count to at least seven.