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.
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.
Kathleen King of King Studio believes that fitness and nutritional training alone cannot transform a person’s life—that training must be complemented by a change in everyday behaviors. That’s why her studio focuses not only on exercise and healthy eating but also on teaching clients how to change their negative lifestyle habits, such as failing to get enough sleep, being a couch potato, and recreationally contracting common colds.
In addition to the rows of Pilates reformers and free weights, King stocks her studio with revolutionary TRX suspension bands that hang from the ceilings, earning herself a feature on ABC 4's Good Things Utah. With these dangling straps, she lets gravity and natural body weight do the work during functional workouts that aim to bolster core muscles, stability, and flexibility. She also captains a team of instructors, who help lead personal-training sessions, women’s karate classes, ballroom-dance lessons, and open dance parties within the hardwood-floored studio.
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.