Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
When M'ai Vox discovered yoga, she found peace, stillness, and a new life purpose. As the owner of Stellar Yoga—a Vinyasa-style studio—she teaches classes with diverse, flowing sequences and emphasizes the enrichment yoga brings individuals. True to Vinyasa style, the instructor cruises through poses at a relatively fast pace. This helps students build internal heat, which enhances flexibility and facilitates solidarity with coal-burning stoves.
M'ai helps students focus on yogic foundations such as proper alignment and breathing. Stellar Yoga's lineup also includes weekly deep stretch and PiYo, Pilates-yoga blend, classes. Additionally, the first Saturday afternoon of each month, the studio holds a free total beginners workshop, sponsored by Manduka.
Rather than rely on a traditional soak—which they claim dehydrates hands more than it moisturizes them—the nail technicians at Johnson Nail and Spa soften cuticles with heated mitts. After trimming and shaping nails, they relieve tension with warm lotion and cooling gel, massaging achy muscles before brushing on a coat of vibrant polish.
Pedicures, on the other hand, do involve a brief soak in water before a citrus squeeze and relaxing foot massage. Both manicures and pedicures can be upgraded with extras such as a salt-glow exfoliation, hot-stone massage, and foot or hand mask. The experienced techs also lengthen and fortify nails with artificial enhancements such as acrylics and solar acrylics, the latter of which harness the sun’s energy to allow for more efficient clapping.
At Zumba Funfitness classes, instructor Stacy Harstad shepherds students through that initial period they students sometimes feel silly, focusing first on learning footwork before advancing to upper-body moves. The booming rhythms of Gloria Estefan and the Kumbia Kings blend with Maroon 5 and Pitbull as the sonic backdrop for each class. Stacy conducts each class as if she were leading an orchestra—using sweeping hand gestures and flashing lights—and encourages students to modify maneuvers to suit their own style and speed. Zumba students should avoid wearing workout attire that restricts movement, such as skinny jeans or a straitjacket.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year with nonstop security. Sprint to the sounds of gridiron battles on cardio machines outfitted with TVs or camouflage your skin’s capacity for blushing with six weeks of unlimited tanning-bed access. Eight basic group classes shred fat through catalyzed camaraderie, be it the heat-pounding boogie-down of Move & Groove or the stress-banishing breath control used in Gentle yoga. Muay Thai classes return from their summer hiatus to forge strength through cathartically vicious blows from the hands, feet, knees, elbows, and prehensile tail.
Fusion Fitness & Nutrition promotes healthy lifestyles through a combination of fitness and nutrition counseling, as well as relaxing spa care. Expert instructors lead a variety of classes scheduled throughout the week in a spacious studio featuring high ceilings and a mirrored wall so that students can toss encouragement or bottles of water to lagging reflections. Power Vinyasa yoga guides students between strength-building poses with rhythmic breathing in a warm workout room, and boot camps push participants to follow callisthenic and body-weight exercises. After class, relax as an esthetician sloughs off dead, dull skin cells and pollutants with a soothing facial. First, a gentle massage improves circulation and detoxifies skin, then faces bask in warm steam as pores absorb gentle products that clarify skin and intimidate collagen into working harder via a scared-straight program.