Though Kim Boardman was a flourishing musician who played in prestigious national orchestras, behind her tooting clarinet thumped the heart of a dancer. Kim spent 12 years of her childhood avidly studying dance at local studios and the respected Interlochen Arts Academy, but eventually put away her pointe shoes to pursue a career as a clarinetist. Unable to shake her passion for movement, however, Kim began taking dance classes as an adult, and earned certifications as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Though she continued to teach a variety of fitness classes, she found the most happiness in teaching dance.
Today, she draws from her professional understanding of music and movement to teach classes through Cardio Dance Party, which has received praise from Cincy Chic. Here, she is joined by a staff of seasoned instructors and fellow dance aficionados, leading students of all abilities through high-intensity dance moves as popular music sets bodies in motion. Much like a rollercoaster operated by your childhood babysitter, her dance classes are designed to be fun rather than frustrating, dull, and repetitive.
Alongside experienced instructors, nationally ranked heavyweight boxer Danny Calhoun gets students fighting fit during boxing and martial-arts courses. Mr. Calhoun teaches students the same techniques for hand speed, footwork, and cardio endurance that he uses in his own pursuit of boxing's World Heavyweight Title. The facility's combat tutelage has drawn such professional athletes as Indianapolis Colts linebacker Tyjuan Hagler and UFC champion Rich Franklin to The Punch House's arenas. Inside the high-ceilinged gym, red walls frame the expanse of blue and black floor mats, bruised from the many ground-pound lessons during mixed-martial-arts classes. Heavy, full-length bags sway, only slightly malformed from the devastating combos students are taught to deliver.
Like a satellite spinning round a heavenly body, couples cover the length and breadth of the dance floor with graceful steps at Westside Dance Center. The team of instructors—including recent Cincinnati Dancing for the Stars champion Doug Reynolds—train students in 14 types of ballroom dance, including salsa, swing, merengue, and my-foot’s-on-fire. Private sessions can help individuals perfect their tango and waltz holds, while group classes train dancers in basic steps and techniques, such as leading and not stepping on your partner’s toes. Westside Dance Center also trains couples preparing for their wedding dance, and leads a group salsa-rueda class, which involves a complex circle dance with interweaving patterns.
At StrongFit, a team of certified personal trainers take a personal and multidisciplinary approach to fitness—they construct individual fitness and nutrition regimens for each of their clients. The trainers' customized plans are based on the results of fitness assessments sanctioned by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and congratulatory high-fives have been approved by a roundtable of local surfers. Using the results of these tests, the trainers determine what exercises are ideal for their trainees and then motivate them to meet fitness goals in one-on-one training sessions or in one of the gym’s boxing classes.
Established in 1994 as a professional African dance company, Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre helps spread awareness and appreciation of African heritage—and other cultures—through a variety of classes and programs. Classes include lessons in martial arts, Zumba fitness and Salsa dancing, and practice in West African drumming and dance. Along with the nonprofit centre's classes and outreach programs, Bi-Okoto continues to support its traditional dance company, which performs and tours throughout the United States and around the world.
LHDS is a collection of Cincinnati swing dance instructors who offer classes for people of all skill levels. We specialize in total beginners, and teach many forms of swing dancing. We run our classes in OTR's own Emanuel Community Center.