The expert instructors of Fusion Dance Studios lead students of all levels through a variety of dance styles. They introduce newcomers to the foundational steps of swing and salsa. In addition to teaching social dances, they also lead students through hip-hop dance fitness classes.
At Zumba with Gina, Gina Vasquez uses her background in ballet, jazz, and modern dance to help clients sweat off pounds with fun, energetic Zumba classes. Based on Latin dance styles, one-hour Zumba classes begin with a slow warm-up, and then escalate to high-paced choreographed dance routines that are specially designed to burn calories.
Though people come for the cardio, Zumba tends to ensnare exercisers with its Latin choreography, international rhythms, and dance-party vibe. Lisa Stone had always dreamed of opening her own studio, and after meeting the owners of Brickhouse Cardio Club, she knew this was her opportunity to help the San Antonio community achieve its fitness goals. Brickhouse has blossomed into a franchise, expanding into 25 locations with new sites opening in the United Kingdom, where it hopes to supplant aerobic chimney sweeping. Each club focuses almost exclusively on Zumba, hosted in pared-down studios with the franchise’s signature electric-blue and neon-green walls surrounding a stage.
Andrea Gover knows firsthand the powerful effects of Zumba: she’s living it. After she started regularly taking Zumba classes in 2011, following the birth of her fifth child, she fell in love with it—and lost 90 pounds along the way. She became an instructor, and now helps others get hooked on Zumba at Studio Fuego.
Growing up in the home of a professional wrestler, siblings Gina Abramson and Joseph Robledo were surrounded by varying pathways to fitness. However, though they understood the importance of a steady workout regimen, they couldn't seem to muster a long-term commitment to any of them. That was before they found Zumba's energizing dance routines.
Today, they run Move! as a nonjudgmental space for others in search of the exercise equivalent of their soulmate, whether it's Zumba, hip-hop, or the studio’s blend of yoga and Pilates. Their instructors—including a former cheerleader and a certified personal trainer—choreograph classes that accommodate all experience levels. They also schedule eight-week salsa programs, which lead beginners in dance-step fundamentals such as executing well-timed turns or constructing a Robocop suit, only for dancing instead of crime fighting.
Dancers of all ages have been sashaying, pirouetting, and leaping through the studio at Dance Plus since 1987. Teachers lead classes for all ages and skill levels, from the 2.5-year-olds learning basic coordination in Creative Dance to the adults honing their skills in hip-hop, ballet, and lyrical classes. For those looking for a more fitness-based routine, the studio also offers Zumba classes, which secretly tone muscles by focusing clients on fun-filled dance routines fueled by Latin music. No matter what class students take, they're sure to get the individual attention they need to master the steps thanks to Dance Plus's commitment to intimate class sizes.
Vegas Stiletto Fitness was founded by Lisa Valdes-Romero, a former gymnast and Vegas showgirl who high-kicked and twirled across Sin City stages for eight years. Now, Lisa and her team of motivating instructors encourage women to express themselves through dance while achieving physical fitness. In signature courses and Ladies Night Out dance outings, women don sky-scraping heels and release their inner vixens through sensual choreography and elaborate mating screeches.