The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by legendary toe tapper Fred Astaire himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Students can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. Dancing initiates develop skills and confidence in two private lessons, during which they'll trip the light fantastic with their instructor and a partner (if desired), without tripping on the light itself. Private lessons can be tailored to match any dancer's skill level and specific goals. Likewise, dancers can freely decide upon the steps they wish to tackle, with lessons scheduled at their convenience.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Today, PoleAddix is a hot pink-accented dance studio with seven poles, two stages, a light show system, and a schedule packed with classes and workshops. But the origins of this fully-stocked dance academy go back to a simple birthday request. Founder Cynthia Wilson was inspired to start pole dancing on her husband's 55th birthday, but not because she intended to impress with her own routine. After visiting a disappointing dance club where there were no pole dancers, Cynthia noted the void in their local community and requested a pole for Christmas. After enrolling in classes, she let her newfound passion for the muscle-toning art form carry her away?right into a second career. Aside from pole dance and fitness, her studio features classes in chair dancing, fully-clothed striptease cardio, and even?in a single-session workshop?the tricky art of walking gracefully in heels.
In business for 33 years, Fitness One offers budget-friendly prices with the quality equipment and personal attention typically associated with pricier private gyms. Reap body benefits with solo workouts, or join group fitness classes. Class-goers can pop and lock pounds off during hip-hop dance sessions, or use core-strengthening workouts to forge solid abs that can ricochet even the nastiest dodge balls. High-energy Zumba classes for all experience levels fuse Latin rhythms with dynamic moves for intensive cardio, and daily spinning sessions pummel fat and tone legs with the aid of stationary bikes. After a hard-core workout, gym junkies can also take advantage of Fitness One's tanning services to highlight rippling flesh with a golden glow sure to catch the eye of any wandering leprechauns.
Owner Kellie and her staff at Z Fitness have designed their fitness studio to create an ideal environment for the upbeat dance-party workout known as Zumba and other fitness classes: shock-absorbing bamboo floors fill a spacious, inviting room decorated with tropical colors. They offer classes for all ages and intensity levels, from body sculpting and cardio dance to high-energy options, such as Tabata and circuit training.