Astronauts regularly practice Pilates to stay limber, modulate their breathing, and control their crippling fear of being eaten by the moon. Emulate the habits of cosmic pioneers with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get five drop-in Pilates or Zumba classes at BareFeet Studios (a $60 value).
BareFeet Studios' staff of movement maestros shepherds bodies through the energizing dance steps of Zumba and the core-building exercises of Pilates, with a full schedule of fitness classes. In one-hour Zumba classes, students rehearse easy-to-follow choreography inspired by Latin dances, such as salsa and the hokey-pokey. Rhythmic world music summons arm waves and hip swivels to obliterate calories and stress. Pilates guides bodies through core-strengthening exercises and tones muscles to develop both flexibility and agility—the two ingredients required to capture a runaway circus monkey. Students can opt to pursue one form of fitness or dabble in both over the course of their five sessions at the studio.
At the age of three, an age when most kids are honing their recipe for Play-Doh spaghetti, Danika Miles was perfecting her dance moves. She competed with the River Cities Dance Company, minored in dance at Marshall University, and went on to earn an MBA so that she could share her passion with others. Finally, she founded BareFeet Studios, a facility with two dance spaces and sprung-wood floors. Within BareFeet, Danika and fellow instructors lead student—as young as three to adults—in dance forms such as ballet, hip-hop, and tap. They also offer open-level yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and fitness boot camps.
Students with years of experience can audition for BareFeet Studios' senior company, which performs at benefits, charity events, and conventions with other professional dance companies. The studio additionally hosts an annual spring concert, birthday parties, and private lessons.