Before group exercise classes, fitness buffs performed squats without a spotter and Tae Bo practitioners followed the kicks of irritated racehorses. Sweat around others with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a 10-class wellness pass at Dancers Studio in St. Paul (up to a $90 value).
Bodies of all abilities come to Dancers Studio's wellness program to feel the burn, the beat, and the bliss of Pilates, Zumba, and yoga group classes. Lead by professional instructors, each 50-minute session burns calories and upgrades the anatomy in its own way. Through mat or equipment routines, Pilates pupils tighten tummies, bolster backs, and create a core as strong as a statue of Mark McGwire made out of titanium. Zumba disguises an aerobic interval workout as a dance party set to Latin music and other rhythmic refrains with easy-to-follow, agility-improving steps. Barefooted yogis bring mind and body into heavenly harmony through a series of stretches and postures designed to tone muscles, lubricate joints, and massage organs into more relaxed organs. Check the calendar for class times.
More than 25 years ago, Marcy McHenry founded the Dancers Studio to put her 30 years of dance experience to good use. The studio’s three ballrooms spread out over 6,500 square feet of arm-flinging, leg-kicking room. Upon the shiny, lacquered hardwood, a staff of trained instructors guides students of all skill levels through ballroom, Latin, social, and special-event dance routines. During group lessons, the instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where their pupils can thrive in styles such as the tango and west coast swing. In private lessons students can fine-tune techniques or learn extra-challenging new steps during one-on-one time with an instructor. Those looking to show off their new moves can get down on Thursday evenings when the studio's DJ Topher spins a variety of tunes for pupils to kick their heels up to for an hour.
The studio also encourages dancers to maintain healthy physiques in Pilates, Zumba, and yoga classes. Clients can sculpt long, lean muscles and strong cores in a Pilates session, or get heart rates thumping in Zumba classes that play energetic Latin tunes.
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1508 University Ave. W
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