Dancing has emerged as an alternative form of exercise largely due to the hazards of other alternative forms, such as spraying oneself with au jus and frantically trying to evade a pack of timberwolves. For $40, today’s side deal gets you 10 dance classes at Dance Trance ($100 value), located at Rigby’s Jig at the Willow Place Shopping Mall. Dance Trance offers fitness-seekers several dance classes designed to burn calories with energetic choreography and fresh beats. Dancing to music that varies between rock n’ roll, pop, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, and funk, you’ll groove and gyrate in a blissful mind-body experience, not unlike deep meditation while skydiving. The Dance Trance instructors will lead you and approximately 30 fellow students in a series of calorie-obliterating moves that can include anything from quick turns to side-stepping grapevines to power-jumps. Check the Dance Trance schedule for class times.
Dance Trance was recently featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Dance Trance Richmond
After a knee injury made traditional workouts impossible for her, Sandi Cauley revisited her childhood dance training. As a kid, she danced ballet folklorico, but as an adult she tapped into a more modern tradition—street dance. Cauley now helms Dance Trance Richmond, based out of Rigby’s Jig studio. In classes designed for participants of all skill levels, Cauley and a team of five instructors teach students hip new moves in a program based on the Dance Trance concept.
Originated by Jay Handline, Dance Trance centers on modern, calorie-burning dance workouts. In advanced classes, students mimic their instructors’ movements, picking up dynamic choreography by doing it themselves instead of relying on verbal direction. Beginners, meanwhile, can opt for classes that use spoken instruction and a slower pace, such as Dance Trance Breakdown sessions, which introduce new routines methodically.