Within the Dallas School of Burlesque, instructors and students let down their defenses and embrace their sensuality. With a variety of classes, the instructors teach students to shake their hips in the burlesque dance classes, undulate their stomachs in belly dancing, touch their toes with the flexibility class, and emulate grace with feather fan dancing. Additional classes such as salsa, swing, gogo, adult ballet, yoga, and more are also available.
Within the pleasant yellow walls of S4L Studios, upbeat music mingles with the whirs of stationary bike wheels and the motivational words of instructor Keith Owens. The former college football player energizes students with a structured regimen, which he learned in a competitive athletic-training program and from years of teaching. Students tone their lower body and abs while bolstering cardiovascular health atop one of the 28 Spinner NXT bikes, pedaling at their own pace and fueling themselves on the student camaraderie that permeates each class. Unlike running marathons or standing in for Lou Ferrigno’s pogo stick, spinning provides exercisers with a low-impact activity that’s easy on the joints.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Tread Fitness rescues gymless wanderers from fitness ruts and returns them to the path of dynamic exercise, employing a program that emphasizes the acceleration of metabolism, toning muscle, and building strength. The challenging and exhilarating group classes are motivating and help develop solidarity between exhausted yet energized fellow muscle owners. Through the Abs & Arms course, skilled trainers lead a series of weight repetitions and cardiovascular interludes to chisel limbs and flatten torsos. Meanwhile, during the 54 thumping minutes of Tread54, each muscle will flex and burn from multiple six-minute segments that include throwing punches, jumping rope, running circuits, and circus bloopers (see schedule here). Bring a towel and water to your workouts.
After eight months of taking Zumba classes, Dominique Lasha’e had a sudden realization—this was the longest she’d ever been committed to a fitness routine. The now-certified Zumba instructor, who has owned a marketing and event company for more than 16 years, combines her party-planning experience and love of Zumba workouts to host infectious dance parties. Drawing from a range of easy-to-follow international dance moves including Latin styles, hip hop, meringue, reggae, and cumbia, she helps guests of all ages and abilities achieve their fitness goals while simultaneously preparing them to reign victorious in-office dance-offs that determine who gets promoted. High-energy international tunes fuel guests as they shimmy and shake their way towards overall well-being.
For more than six years, Brandi Farris has made Zumba her life, traveling throughout the state to show clients how to transform their bodies and stay in shape while rocking out to Latin rhythms. With personal-training and group-fitness certifications supplementing her Zumba license, she mixes up her moves to assist her students in achieving weight-loss and fitness goals.