Dance Time of New Jersey’s expert teachers lead students of all experience levels across the wooden floors during various dance classes. They teach a variety of styles, such as ballroom, Argentine tango and swing, and encourage students to try out their new skills during social dance parties. These parties help students contextualize their lessons by practicing with a variety of partners and conducting exceedingly formal small talk.
Laureen Mikos was barely walking before she started tapping, stepping, and swinging. At age five, she discovered a love of dance, studying jazz, ballet, tap, and modern dance styles before most people grow out of their baby feet. Over the years, her repertoire expanded to include hiphop and bellydancing, as well as Zumba dance fitness.
At Shakin' It Up Dance and Fitness Center, she leads a team of personal trainers, dancers, and fitness instructors to impart choreographed wisdom in dance and exercise classes. The center's curriculum introduces guests to ballroom and jazz dance as well as more upbeat options, such as Zumba fitness classes set to a soundtrack of Latin tunes.
A team of expert trainers designed the fitness programs at Apex Fitness Boot Camp to challenge those who work out regularly as well as less-active participants trying to get back into shape. The intensive indoor and outdoor workouts boost metabolism and tone musculature for slimmer, more chiseled edifices. Each session combines both cardio and strength training, using 30 pieces of functional training equipment such as TRX suspension, workout ropes, sand bags, kettlebells, spin bikes, and agility poles to draw together the primal movement patterns—such as squats, crunches, lunges, and gait-enhancing strides—that hark back to when humans were amoebic ninjas splashing in primordial soup. An ever-changing routine keeps workouts from getting stale, and a recess-inspired game at the end of each session adds a dose of fun to the fitness program.
Campers who attend sessions three to five days a week torch calories, oust body fat, and usher in lean, toned muscle. Expert fitness gurus encourage clients to work at their own pace, allowing even the most out-of-shape or octagon-shaped person to break a sweat without feeling the heat of competition. To stay on track, participants take part in bi-monthly fitness-performance testing and weekly weigh-ins tracked by software that lets them check their progress any time of the day or night.
At Socialsport Dance Club, the instructors specialize in first dances, whether it's for your wedding or it's literally your first dance. During private and group lessons, they walk beginners through one of 13 ballroom dances, including the foxtrot, waltz, and rumba. For more upbeat movements, the studio also hosts Latin-inspired Zumba dance fitness classes that can burn more calories than a four-hour tango.
Sunlight streams into The Fitness Loft, bouncing off the shiny wood floors and exposed-brick walls and illuminating the small group of exercisers as they dance, box, and stretch. A team of expert instructors leads a plethora of classes aimed to help guests reach their fitness goals, such as Zumba, boxing for fitness, and fitness boot camps.
Sensei and trainers converge in Voltage’s studio to teach the ancient art of karate to kids and teens, or amp up heart rates with more modern fitness classes. Adults work out alongside peers in six upbeat and challenging group classes, the majority of which incorporate a dance-party atmosphere. Both belly dancing and Red Hot Dance help exercisers shimmy off calories and tone physiques with a variety of moves, from core-toning twirls to fast-paced choreography set to Top 40 hits. For a more sporting session, Piloxing blends the cardiovascular workout of boxing’s bobbing and weaving with the same ab-strengthening Pilates moves that boxers use to celebrate a KO.
Meanwhile, in the kids' studio, Leopard Cub classes (4–6 year olds) teaches the basics of karate, while the junior’s club (for 7–10 year olds) builds on those foundational lessons with more advanced kicks and punches. Karate instructors extend their fighting fervor to teenagers and adults, bringing the two age groups together more effectively than a Pat Boone Sings Carly Rae Jepson album.