While most of the other instructors at Dance Charisma began dancing as children, the center's director, Nancy Nies, took a different approach in life. A lawyer, she served as a judge-advocate general in the Air Force, and didn't start dancing until her mid 30s. But once she started, she fell in love with the art form and began training with national dance champions, eventually medaling at the US Dance Championships.
Her path proves that anyone passionate about dancing can learn, so she began Dance Charisma, where youths and adults gather to learn dances as varied as salsa, swing, and waltz. No partner is necessary, but couples can take lessons to make a splash during their wedding. Those without wedding receptions to show off their newly learned moves can come to the weekly dance parties, where dancers with all levels of experience practice and socialize.
Aluja Bramble, the founder of Cardio Kings Fitness Boxing, has more than 30 years of experience with fitness and boxing. The son of WBA Lightweight Champion Livingstone “Pit-Bull” Bramble, Aluja has trained with renowned boxing greats such as Janks Morton and Jacob “Stitch” Duran, and he designed the program at Cardio Kings to use boxing principles to help inspire athletes to stay healthy. Aluja's group classes and one-on-one sessions focus on health and conditioning as athletes burn calories with a mixture of aerobic exercises, bag drills, and pad work.
Dr. King Rollins discovered the healing effects of yoga after three decades of competing in marathons and ultramarathons (100K) left severe wear on his muscles and joints. His experience as a chiropractor, certified Bikram instructor, and Olympic coach guides his transformative-posture sequences, which are designed to challenge entire physiques and reduce the risk of injury. With a team of certified instructors by his side, he implements these foundations in more than 120 hot or temperate classes each week, one class for each second it takes to lick an envelope in super-slow motion. The 7,000-square-foot space houses three studios with P.E.M. flooring that is easily sanitized and serves as a stage for hot-yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes, which include power Vinyasa and boot-camp classes.
Dr. Rollins also harnesses his 23 years of chiropractic experience as he performs complimentary injury evaluations and yoga-posture modifications onsite, ensuring that his clients don't strain wounded muscles. Before and after class, guests can visit the studio's smoothie shop, Fresh Mama's, to grab a healthy smoothie blended with fresh fruits and vegetables or a hearty salad or wrap.
Tailored toward recreational students, Las Vegas School of Dance offers grown-up sessions to suit every taste. The fleet-footed dance instructors will release the dance-floor master within you through patience, clear instructions, and encouraging personal support. Class size is intimate, allowing ample attention and preventing feelings of embarrassment or inadequacy that can come from overstuffed boxes of flailing limbs. Dancing is a real workout, and even more so, it's a fun way to erase the self-consciousness that holds back the hypnotic moves your world deserves to see and worship.
Preaching the importance of variety in fitness, The Pilates Studio contours and controls physiques through an array of group classes appropriate for any fitness level. Novice yogis can partake in a Hatha yoga session to learn the basics of breathing, poses, and meditation. Vinyasa flow takes a more active approach by incorporating a variety of yoga positions that build on one another, improving alignment and overall fitness. High temperatures and more than 30% humidity sends toxins on a Class VI rafting expedition down rivulets of sweat during a 95+ Pilates class, while TRX Suspension Training bolsters strength through bodyweight exercises instead of using traditional weight-training techniques. During Intimate Chair Expressions, learn a sensual, choreographed chair dance while sculpting your body, and put your new skills to practice when the next company meeting starts to drag.
A flock of tired dancers traipse out of the studio, their ballet shoes brushing the floor in hushed footfalls as they head off to change. On their way, they pass members of the next class, dressed in yoga pants and sweatshirts. Clear-eyed and hungry, the new group stretches. Thumping hip-hop beats fill the room, and, with only a moment's hesitation, they launch into the first of many energetic routines that will fill that session. This is the way of life at The Beat Dance Academy, where owner Amanda Sizemore and her instructors live by a simple motto: dance is the only form of art “where the artist is also the masterpiece.”
To mold their artists into graceful and strong works of art, instructors teach classes in 15 dance and fitness styles that range from lyrical to Pilates. A combo class encourages children ages 2-5 to move with rhythm and timing, while adult jazz classes unlock the body isolations, leaping, and technical steps fortify the genre’s fundamentals. Meanwhile, aerial classes invite nimble bodies to balance and twirl on a suspended silk or hoop, using their muscles to stay off the ground without calling upon their latent powers of flight.
Shine Alternative Fitness helps all types of fitness goers achieve health goals. Named one of the 20 “Coolest Clubs in America” in Shape magazine’s 2013 Gym Awards, the center’s founders are both Cirque du Soleil veterans: Dima Shine, a solo artist in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, and Russ Petroni, Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas production manager.
The duo’s passion for performance arts shines through in each of their classes. In their Aerial Arts courses, for example, students develop upper body, core, and grip strength while wrapped in silks that hang from the ceiling. Meanwhile, antigravity classes have students striking balancing poses while suspended in the air by silk hammocks. To round out their coursework, the team also offers an array of more traditional gym classes, from boxing sessions to Zumba, ballet, and hip-hop.