Dancing on a pole, much like dancing on a ceiling, requires you to defy gravity, dodge chandeliers, and carefully apply radioactive spider bites. Perfect weightless waltzes with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get a 10-visit punch card good for any adult dance and fitness classes at Blue by Adult Dance and Fitness (a $179 value).
The experienced instructors at Blue blend the unique techniques of acrobatics and choreography to challenge ladies with workouts that make them have fun and feel confident. With 4,000 square feet of studio space and an array of poles and circus apparatuses, adroit guides educate students in a mishmash of fitness and finesse-building disciplines. Live out childhood dreams of running away to join the circus during dance-trapeze, aerial-silk, and aerial-hoop instruction, strengthening cores on sturdy swings and flowing fabrics bought at the Grey Gardens estate sale. Sensual pole-, belly-, and chair-dancing workouts build oft-forgotten self-confidence muscles with saucy routines that accentuate curves while firming them. Those tired of astounding aerial feats can return to earth for equally energizing, ground-founded classes like hip-hop dance, Zumba, kickboxing, and more for spirited, rhythmic exercise in a group setting.
Suggested wardrobe for pole and aerial-hoop classes includes short gym shorts or yoga pants, whichever they feel comfortable in, while trapeze and aerial-silk students should sport leggings or sweat pants and a long-sleeve cotton shirt to facilitate frictionless flying. Normal gym clothing is suggested for all other dance and fitness classes, along with most formal jazzercise job interviews. Go online to check out the class schedule.
French Kiss Fitness
The instructors of French Kiss Fitness model their group classes after the acts of performers such as Pink, the pop star who thrilled audiences at the 2010 Grammys with a dance routine derived from circus acrobatics. Like a dark room plastered with Lou Ferrigno posters, the studio's workout style both develops and shows off muscle. Fourteen poles support physiques as they execute moves that build core strength; off the pole, students learn floor- or chair-based routines to replicate at home. Aerial classes build center strength with the help of silk ropes, dangling hoops, and a trapeze. For more traditional workouts, students can attend core-strengthening Pilates classes or yoga classes to relax the mind and body.