Since she was 4 years old, Barbara Derecktor Donahue's role models were famous ballerinas. As an adult, she performed with multiple ensembles, managed a dance company, and taught students of all ages how to perfect their pirouettet. She honed her technique over the ensuing 12 years, and today leads classes at The Dancing Spirit Studio that guide visitors through their own empowering undulations, steps, isolations, and rhythm. In addition to drawing pupils from all walks of life, her innovative lessons have earned her the title of Strathmore's 2012 Professional of the Year in dance education.
Barbara's chief concern, other than retrieving lost hip scarves from innie bellybuttons, is freedom of creativity. She urges her students to experiment with steps in a nonjudgmental environment, whether they are practicing body waves or composing a costume for a chair-dance routine. The breadth of her experience allows her to blend ballet, modern dance, and Middle Eastern maneuvers into a signature fusion of styles. As a result, the studio's shows are always different. Practicing groups can sync their choreography with the flow of the waters in Narragansett Bay, whose scenic shoreline sits just outside the door.
The aestheticians at Island Retreat - A Medical Spa know their way around nearly a dozen different varieties of lasers, making them well-qualified to address a variety of skincare concerns. Under the supervision of Medical Director Dr. Christopher Hummel, they can also draft custom treatment plans to combat unwanted body hair, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
The certified instructors at Fitness Fusion recognize that each approach to exercise—whether it's yoga, strength training, or Pilates—has its own unique benefits. As such, their curriculum blends a broad range of styles, allowing guests to customize their workout regimens to their own taste. In addition to conventional one-on-one training and group classes, the studio offers small-group personal training for three to five people, offering the close attention of personal training at a lower cost.
We are a hatha yoga studio serving the East Bay Community of Rhode Island. The studio came into being as an offering to the community, and three years later, that core value of our studio continues! The mission of Bristol Yoga Studio is to bring more yoga to more people.
In 1990, Christina Rondeau fell in love. With martial arts, that is. After earning her black belt and competing in amateur karate and martial arts tournaments all over the United States and Europe, Rondeau decided to go pro. She travelled the globe as a member and coach on the USA WAKO kickboxing team, and went on to win the women's lightweight title. Rondeau continued to feed her athletic hunger with a switch to pro boxing and appeared in numerous print media and television shows, including The Maury Povich Show.
Having achieved fame and glory, Rondeau took on a new fight: she wanted to help women and children defend themselves while gaining indomitable confidence. She has authored books, created instructional DVDs, and opened Rondeau’s Kickboxing. The women-only, 24/7 gym garnered Rhode Island Monthly’s readers’ pick for Best Fitness Center in 2010, due in no small part to its empowering blend of fitness and martial-arts-based classes. Rondeau also promotes safety in her community by participating in events geared towards ending violence toward women and girls and teaching local schoolchildren how to defend themselves or pass a math quiz without using weapons. She also coordinated a box-a-thon to help line the shelves of a Rhode Island food bank.
Bridge to Fitness’ staff of body-sculpting instructors and trainers guides gym members in knocking down walls that stand in the way of fitness goals. Membership includes everything from use of the weight-training and cardio equipment to access to all the classes that the gym offers, including calorie-burning affairs such as spinning and group exercise classes, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and more. With an army of equipment including spin bikes, treadmills, and new elliptical machines, members can get their hearts going during an intense spin session or a fervid treadmill jousting competition with fellow gym comrades.
Innerlight and its crew of mind-body gurus whisk students away to a stress-free world, heralded as Best Place for Yoga by The Phoenix, with more than 50 yoga classes per week. Stretching students can join the Basics session to develop a flexible foundation of basic poses, and pupils in the heated Vinyasa class unite movement and breath while emptying pores of sweat, toxins, and vagabond dust bunnies. The Mindfulness Yoga class combines poses and meditation to hone concentration and body awareness, and the Therapeutics class targets specific corporal areas to relieve pain and stress. The studio's class calendar allows budding yogis to find a class that challenges their minds and bodies, but not their schedules.