Every instructor holds an impressive r?sum? at Sumbody Dance. Featuring Jose Valencia, Jared Andrew Hughes, and Desi Jevon, the teaching roster is filled with veterans of Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and America's Got Talent, among other shows, and it even boasts the International Salsa & Hustle Competition's 2009 World Hustle Champion, Shay Dixon. But all that talent doesn't mean anything if the students aren't having fun. That's where Sumbody Dance truly steps up.
From disco dance parties to free "'Thriller' dance" lessons, Sumbody Dance makes sure its students have a good time while learning something new. During dance lessons, teachers guide students to their goals, which may include learning to salsa or practicing the Electric Slide in a poofy gown to get ready for a work function.
GROOV3 founder, Benjamin Allen, seems drawn to dance floors. At the school parties and bat mitzvahs of his youth, he was always showcasing his moves. Though he earned a degree in business and communication from Arizona State University, the call of the dance floor proved stronger than that of the corporate world. Soon after graduation, Benjamin moved to Los Angeles to devote fully himself to the art of the groove in numerous TV commercials, musicals, sitcoms, and stage performances. Benjamin shares his passion for dance with students at GROOV3 during non-competitive cardio-dance classes. GROOV3's fleet of experienced instructors and live DJs attempt to build a community of like-minded dancers and share their commitment to fun-filled calorie burning in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes help students of all fitness levels kick-start their hearts and torch a few calories with energetic dance experiences that tone up muscles along the way.
Iron Fitness's name and garage-like exterior might suggest that it holds a cavernous space full of musclemen and barbells. Instead, step through the doors and you'll find an intimate, boutique workout experience marked by 9,000 square feet of fitness machines and three studios with distinct identities.
Iron x PT specializes in personal training. During one-on-one fitness sessions, upbeat but tough-minded trainers analyze what clients need to do to reach their fitness goals, then motivate them to do it. Momentum, on the other hand, is all about the power of group fitness. Its instructors don't just follow workout trends—often, they set them, pioneering styles such as the hip-hop-based Groov3 and Pound, which celebrates percussive rhythms and prepares students for marathon meat-tenderizing sessions. Finally, the Elite studio connects gloved fists and with punching bags in a ring run by pro-level boxing instructors.
Tiffany Moore founded Moore Dancing to share the gift of movement with everyday dancers, not just professionals. Her expansive and well-lit studio plays host to 60-minute, cardio-centric classes that integrate elements of Pilates, hip-hop, and belly dancing. The studio also offers Zumba—the rhythmic-exercise dance craze with a heart of gold—every day of the week. Afrovibe sessions strengthen major muscle groups with African, Middle-Eastern, and Latin dance moves, whereas 80s Dance Party classes showcase hits of the decade played by California Raisins.
Cirque Style Fitness’ founders, Ivo Gueorguiev, a former Cirque du Soleil acrobat and director, and Jill Hansen, an aerial performer and Pilates instructor, draw from a combined 60 years of experience in leading aerial workouts. They lead students of all fitness levels—no previous gymnastics or dance experience required—through their high-flying routines. Students ascend toward the ceiling, winding a bolt of silky fabric around their arms and calves, using techniques from gymnastics, Pilates, and how to crochet in midair. Instructors also delve into ballet techniques and on-the-ground circus routines to help pupils to improve their coordination, strength, and alignment.
As a studio singer, Angela Michael has worked with artists such as Rod Stewart and recorded for movies such as Get Him to the Greek. At Angela Michael Music, she lends her professional experience to aspirant vocalists through lessons that help clients train their ears, increase their range, and improve their pitch. Other staff members lead lessons that cover choreography, pop songwriting, and home-studio setup.