Founded in 1966 as a professional modern-dance company, the Repertory Dance Theater has a long-standing commitment to engaging the public with dance, both through performances and community programs. In the early '90s, RDT helped to invigorate downtown Salt Lake City's cultural and social presence by building the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, where the company continues to practice, teach classes, perform, and host free lectures on the importance of laundering leotards.
Fusing the graceful gestures of ballet and Pilates, the Xtend Barre workout challenges all body parts through a series of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches. The briskly paced, 55-minute workout sculpts and lengthens muscles in the style of traditional Pilates while also increasing one's awareness of posture and the prevalence of squirrels in pink tutus. Xtend's torso-twisting staff will help sculpt bodies proportionally, toning arms, thighs, and lifted derrieres, and can modify workouts for beginners, prenatal clients, or clients with injuries. Offering classes seven days a week, Xtend Barre SLC asks students to arrive for class sporting either socks (grip socks recommended) or suction-bottomed toe rings.
Founder Joni Chapa and her instructors at Baile Dance Fitness Studio fuse exercise and dance with a creative lineup of classes. Some classes blend hip-hop and cardio, and others mix ballet with Pilates. Latin-inspired cardio dance classes get hearts racing to a soundtrack of cumbia, salsa, and reggaeton tunes.
Utah Salsa's instructors orchestrate explosive Latin dance events in Salt Lake City, ranging from classes to heated competitions to salsa dance nights, which are backed by live beats. Weekly salsa classes introduce newcomers to the fleet-footed art and provide longtimers a venue to showcase their moves. For those with a bit of experience underfoot, the biweekly bachata sessions elucidate the scandalously intimate dance, which is most commonly performed during corporate icebreakers. The enthusiastic instructors throw salsa parties, complete with live bands and catering, on a regular basis, and are the organizers and judges behind some of the area’s top competitions, including the Utah Salsa Championship, the Jack & Jill Latin Cup, and the Utah King and Queen of Bachata contest.
Salt Lake Fencing's skilled instructor fuels friendly athletic competition by adaptating fencing techniques to each guest's form and ability. During two-hour group fencing lessons, the savvy instructor gives beginner to intermediate swashbucklers a brief tour of fencing’s noble history while elucidating the weapons, basic attack moves, and this season's most stylish sword holsters. Rapiers in hand, masked guests learn and execute horseless jousts, lithe lunges, intricate footwork, and deft parries while dodging swift jabs and slices. Fledgling swordsmen work up to partaking in a real fencing duel, crossing blades with fellow dueling enthusiasts and freshly made mortal enemies to thwart the rise of such modern fighting techniques as eye pokes and selling false stories to the National Enquirer.