The core is a crucial part of human anatomy, both holding the body upright and safely containing its enormous pit. Avoid going seedless with today's Groupon at AFA Dance in Astoria. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get a 6-class punch card for Pilates classes (a $68 value).
- For $39, you get a 10-class punch card for Pilates (a $105 value).
- For $59, you get a 20-class punch card for Pilates (a $210 value).
The motion specialists at AFA Dance guide fitness-minded students, both dancers and the left-footed, through energetic Pilates classes designed to strengthen abdominals and tone limbs. The studio’s flexible schedule boasts a variety of Pilates classes, many of which accommodate beginners while providing a challenge for seasoned core-crunchers. Even with a name reminiscent of a sprinkle-laced ice cream treat, Pilates Cardio Blast zaps fat with a combination traditional, muscle-quivering Pilates moves and a doses of intense aerobics to get hearts pumping and sweat breaking. For purists, Pilates mat classes, taught for beginner and intermediate students, focuses on tried-and-true muscle building techniques. Students work through challenging Pilates exercises, holding and flowing through a progression of moves to help tone up all over while increasing endurance, flexibility, and appreciation for full-coverage Spandex.
Astoria Fine Arts Dance
ASFA Dance's experienced dance instructors, led by American Ballet Theatre–certified cofounders Artemis Gregoriou and Mariana Sanchez, draft and lead dance curricula, teaching students to master proper technique and build their confidence. The passionate staff utilizes expertise gleaned from extensive dance experience, certifications, and conversations with retired nutcrackers to mentor twirlers of all ages, from 3-year-olds to adults, in several dance styles. Classic ballet, modern ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop courses hone dancing skills and techniques, and fitness classes, including kickboxing and Zumba, whip bodies into shape between dance sessions.