Like bonfires, aerobic dancers suck up lots of oxygen and, once they get started, can only be contained with a blast from a high-pressure hose. Fire up today’s Groupon: for $17, you get a five-class Zumba punch card at IndepenDance Studio (a $35 value).
Experienced jig geniuses at IndepenDance Studio instill the steps, rhythms, and thrills of dance in hoofing hopefuls of all ages and abilities. Shake off ennui with Zumba, a cyclonic fusion of Latin and international styles set to the jaunty rhythms of Spanish and Middle Eastern grooves. More than merely a fun way to spend a last night before species-change surgery, Zumba also burns calories and elevates heart rates. Unseasoned newbies and well-spiced Zumba inveterates should have no trouble finding a niche because Zumba's basic steps are easy to learn. Scour the calendar to check out the cache of Zumba classes, typically held weeknights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
More than a dance school, IndepenDance Studio inspires its students to express themselves with acting, improv, ballet, and jazz classes for all ages and abilities. The studio’s owner, Mary Knestrick, draws on an extensive dance background that includes training from Broadway Dance Center and The Ailey School to lead her team of professionally trained instructors. The team inspires the next generation to grace the stage with acting, improv, and vocal training classes; ballet and jazz classes prepare students for a variety of small roles in teen dance films. Hip-hop and Irish dance classes activate feet bored from being kissed by doting suitors, whereas fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, boot camp, and martial arts simultaneously shred calories and impart useful skills.
7050 SW Archer Rd.
Gainesville, Florida 32608