A group routine at Culture Shakti is intended to be greater than the sum of its individual parts. To accomplish this, Artistic Director Katrina Ji introduces students to the innovative and improvisational art of American tribal-style belly dance. The method draws inspiration from the Romani migration through India, northern Africa, and Spain, combining Flamenco-style arm movements and Egyptian-style hip undulations to create a graceful, seamlessly flowing, and internationally influenced dance style. Most importantly, this type of dance emphasizes the collective and coordinated movements of the group as a whole. Classes cater to students of all ages and skill levels, introducing them to the basic steps and advanced transitions that define the art form. Additionally, the studio offers lessons in Bollywood choreography that explore the dance steps, facial expressions, and hand gestures that comprise a typical routine.
At Belltown Dance Studio, instructors lead movement-based classes that emphasize physicality as a means of expression and empowerment. Trainees can learn the sure-footed steps behind such styles as salsa, Argentine tango, and cha cha, partnering up with a fellow pupil or one of the many obliging mops stored in the studio's janitor closet. Off the dance floor, instructors also host calorie-torching Zumba workouts.
As part of nationally performing salsa team Somos el Son, Salsa N' Seattle Dance Studio instructors Victor Chavez and Julia Krasnov spin, step, and shimmy so quickly that videos of their performances almost seem to have been sped up. Though their fancy footwork may appear impossible for mere mortals to replicate, their classes break the dance down into easy-to-follow steps that pay off in the first class, with moves that can be instantly transported to club floors and slow-moving grocery lines. The studio also pulses with the beats of other excitement-driven styles, from the workout parties of Zumba to the swagger of hip-hop to the expressive gestures of North Indian classical dance.
From Divine Movement's twin studios in Kirkland and Seattle, co-owners Angi Cardwell and Jennifer Patenaude oversee a sultry suite of pole-dance and boudoir-dance classes set to the sounds of heart-pumping rock, indie, and hip-hop. Though not specifically a workout regimen, the floor-based and pole-vaulted routines are high-energy maneuvers that help to boost confidence and create a positive self-image. Six-week series cater to beginners and intermediate seductresses, and more advanced drop-in sessions cover holds, inverted handstands, and midair tea service. The dress code calls for comfortable yoga-style wear and bare feet or legwarmers.
If working out is fun, people will keep doing it. That's the philosophy behind Fresh Fitness and Dance in Wallingford, where small group dance and fitness classes are offered seven days a week, from morning until night. At this spacious, mirror-lined studio, energetic and certified instructors lead Zumba, Pilates, P90X, and cardio kickboxing sessions, among a slew of other high-energy dance classes. After class, the studio's infrared sauna uses gentle heat and invisible spectrum light to help with detoxification and weight loss.
We are a conglomeration of a few family run small businesses located here in the Pacific Northwest-Seattle to be specific. Each of our unique branches is operated by one of our very own family members. Twice balanced believes in sharing what we know with the world. We are currently promoting our Zumba® Fitness Classes!