OC Dance Studio views dance through dual lenses, both as a path to fitness and a catalyst for mingling. Body barre—a class focused on stretching and toning—sculpts svelte limbs and cores, and cardio dance lessons set to high-octane Latin and techno beats aid weight loss as a personal trainer bolsters calorie burning with personalized workout advice. Alternatively, students can explore movement’s interactive side through social dance classes and studio events, where people can mingle and practice moves such as The Worm or the more social Three Braided Worms.
OC Dance Studio’s panoply of children’s classes complement their adult offerings, building poise and self-confidence in youths aged 3¬–12. Classes span modalities such as hip-hop, tap, and flamenco. During regular dance recitals, students showcase their new skills for friends, family, and talent scouts for So You Think You Can Dance Before You Can Vote. The studio’s shoe showroom outfits dancers of all ages for courses, stocking kicks handpicked by the staff for niche styles such as Latin and ballroom dance.
Equipment: For Zumba: smooth wood floor; for yoga: mats, blankets, straps, blocks
Students should bring: Zumba: sneakers, towel; Yoga: yoga mat,
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Find us easily: Studio is located behind Cyrano's Caff? at the intersection of Newport and Chapman.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Both yoga and Zumba students enjoy a scenic, hillside studio where distractions fall away and they can tap into self-discipline to help them move toward their lifestyle choices. Class sizes are limited so students receive individualized guidance, and all programs are directed by a licensed psychotherapist/certified yoga instructor, and certified Zumba/Zumba Gold instructor.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Music with which students connect is key in getting the best results quickly from Zumba. Latin-based hits that students recognize lifts workout intensity and does not feel like a workout. This Zumba program increases strength and cardiovascular health while teaching real dance steps each student can use in social settings.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Whether yoga or Zumba, students practice in a community where there is no judgment or comparison. Each person works within their own set of personal goals and intentions. Proper form and alignment are encouraged to minimize risk of injury for all students. Only the human body and forces of gravity are used for these programs so students reap maximum effectiveness in the studio or practicing anywhere on their own.
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[Our] studio emphasizes optimal wellness through movement based on hatha yoga and Zumba dance, and through the synthesis of Western and Eastern philosophies, including the art of meditation. [The] studio is also home to Argentine tango, salsa and cha cha cha, taught by a professional dance couple.
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